Internet Usage Rate Higher in Wyoming Than U.S. Average

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Internet Usage Rate Higher in Wyoming Than U.S. Average


New, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


This story was written on: 6/11/2013 By the numbers Computer and Internet Usage in Wyoming vs. the U.S. average Type of use U.S. Wyoming % Difference No computer, no internet connection: 15.9% 12.7% -3.2% Has computer, no internet connection: 14.4% 13% -1.4% No computer, internet connection outside home: 3% 2.5% -0.5% Has computer, internet connection outside home: 2.6% 3.6% +1% Home internet connection, one device: 13.8% 14.8% +1% Home internet connection, multiple devices: 12.9% 13.5% +0.6% Multiple internet connections, one device: 10.3% 14.7% +4.4% Multiple internet connections, multiple devices: 27% 25.1% -1.9% Source: U.S. Census Bureau By James Chilton CHEYENNE - While Wyoming may be rural in nature, its residents are more wired on average than their counterparts across the country. So says a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Titled "Computer and Internet Use in the United States," it shows Wyoming has proportionally more Internet users than the U.S. at large. Nearly three-quarters of Wyomingites use the Internet, compared to 69 percent of the U.S. population, the report shows. Wyomingites also are more likely to have multiple Internet connections and multiple devices to access them, like a computer paired with a tablet or smartphone . Nearly 40 percent of state residents reported multiple connections versus 37 percent of the U.S. On the other hand, only 12.7 percent of Wyoming households have no computer or Internet access, three points lower than the national average. There are a number of reasons for Wyoming's higher Internet usage. For example, the ethnic groups most likely to use the Internet are Asians and whites. Blacks and Hispanics generally have lower adoption rates. Wyoming is nearly 86 percent white, compared to a national average of 64 percent. The report also shows that people with some college experience or a degree have higher rates of usage than those who only got high school diplomas or never finished high school. The percentage of Wyomingites with some college time is 61 percent compared to a national average of 57. But Dave Lerner at Wyoming Network said there are factors beyond demographics. His company has designed and developed websites for clients since 1998. Lerner said in his experience one reason so many Wyomingites use the Internet has to do with its spread-out culture. …

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