U.S. Households Show Increased Internet Usage in 2021

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The US Census Bureau released data this week from the 2021 Computer and Internet Use Supplement, revealing significant insights into Americans’ technology usage.
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The US Census Bureau released data this week from the 2021 Computer and Internet Use Supplement, revealing significant insights into Americans’ technology usage. According to the findings, 94% of households reported having internet access, up from 92% in 2019. Notably, 99% of households with school-aged children reported internet usage, reflecting the ongoing importance of online connectivity for education.

The data also highlighted a digital divide, with disparities in internet access based on income, education, and race. While 96% of households with incomes over $75,000 had internet access, only 84% of those earning less than $25,000 reported the same. Similarly, households headed by individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher were more likely to have internet access compared to those without a high school diploma.

These statistics underscore the growing reliance on internet connectivity in American households, especially for remote work and education during the pandemic. The Census Bureau’s findings are crucial for understanding and addressing the digital divide, ensuring that all Americans can benefit from technological advancements.

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