Connecticut households had the fifth highest access to the internet at a time when finding a job and staying in touch with family and friends have become dependent on the world wide web.
The Census Bureau reported Monday the results of the 2010 survey on internet access. It said 83 percent of individuals in Connecticut live in a household with access to the web, either at home, at work or some other location. Only Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Utah and Washington households reported higher percentages of access.
When it comes to having digital access at home, Connecticut actually ranked second to New Hampshire. New Mexico edged out Mississippi for having the least connected populations, both under 65 percent. Nationally, only 44 percent of households have access to the internet, according to the Bureau and the digital divide continued to be clearly demarcated by income, race, age and sex.
Internet access becomes more and more important for the future of individuals as employers increasingly look to make first contact via the net and more and more government services and business activity gets carried out on line. Not having access to the web can put some people at an extreme disadvantage and the new survey shows the boundaries of the digital divide continue to be set along income, race, age and sex.
Nationally, only 29 percent of those making less than $50,000 a year had access to the internet, while more than 60 percent of those in every other bracket had access. More than 84 percent of those making $150,000 or more a year had access, the Bureau said. Asian households had the highest percentage of access of any racial group at 55.6 percent. More than 46 percent of whites had access, while 34.1 percent of Hispanic households and 34.1 percent of black households had it.
Those who are 55 and older are the least likely to have access to the internet, with 27.9 percent of those households plugging in. More than 48 percent of all other age brackets had access, with those 35 – 44 being the most likely to surf the web as 58.8 percent had the internet.
Men were also more likely than women to have access. The Bureau said 46.2 percent of men had a line into the digital world compared to 41.8 percent of women.