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62% of Floridians access the Internet

If you do not have Web presence, you may be missing a large audience. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, use of computersthe Internet has tripled since the bureau started collecting data, with 62% of households reported using Internet access in the home in 2007, an increase from 18% in 1997.

In Florida, use of the Internet is slightly above national averages. According the Census data, 62.1% of all Florida households access the Internet from some location, and 69.5% access it from their homes.

Alaska and New Hampshire residents had among the highest rates of Internet use from any location (home, work, or public access) in 2007. Mississippi and West Virginia had among the lowest rates of Internet use at about 52 percent.

Internet usage also varied by education. For individuals 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree, 87% reported going online from any location in 2007. For those with only some college, 74% reported using the Internet. About half (49%) of those with only a high school diploma reported using the Internet, compared with 19% for those without a high school diploma.

Internet usage also varied by race; 69% of whites lived in households with Internet use, while the same was true for 51% of blacks, 73% of Asians, and 48% of Hispanics.

The age group that accessed the Internet most often? Eighteen to 34-year-olds. Their access was more than double (73%) than that of people 65 and older (35%).

These figures come from the 2007 Internet and Computer Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (http://tiny.cc/internet).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov


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