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More Than Half of U.S. Households Have Computers

Friday, 07 September 2001 12:00 AM

The bureau reported that in August 2000, 54 million U.S. households had computers, or 51 percent, up from 42 percent in 1998. Four in five school-age children (ages 6 to 17) use a computer at school, and two in three use a computer at home.

"Since 1984, the country has experienced more than a five-fold increase in the proportion of households with computers," said Census Bureau analyst Eric Newburger, author of "Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: Austust 2000."

"In addition, Internet use is rapidly becoming synonymous with computer availability," Newburger said.

In 2000, more than 4 in 5 households with computers had at least one member using the Internet at home (44 million households). When the Census Bureau first collected data on Internet use in 1997, fewer than half of the households with computers had someone able to go online.

The report measured the influence of the Internet on how people access and use information. Of the U.S. population, about 1 in 3 adults used e-mail from home in 2000, and nearly 1 in 4 used the Internet to search for information about topics such as business, health or government services. Nearly 1 in 5 used the Internet to check on news, weather or sports. And 1 in 8 adults performed job tasks using a home Internet connection.

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The report used data from the monthly Current Population Survey of 50,000 U.S. households. The data should not be confused with results from Census 2000, which did not include questions on computer access and Internet use. Statistics from sample surveys, such as CPS, are subject to sampling and non-sampling error.

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