MERIC NEWS LETTER

Missouri On-line

The percentage of Missourians aged three and older who used the internet was more than sixty percent in 2004, according to a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration report.

This is a higher percentage than all but three of her neighboring states, and much better than Illinois.


A Nation Online: Entering the Broadband Age examines the use of computers, the Internet and other information technology tools by 57,000 American households containing 134,000 persons.

Here is the ranking of Missouri and her neighboring states.

Mo. & Surrounding States, % of Internet Users
State  Percent
Nebraska 64.8
Kansas 63.8
Iowa 63.5
Missouri 60.5
Illinois 58.4
Kentucky 56.6
Tennessee 55.8
Oklahoma 55.3
Arkansas 49.9

The top state in percentage of internet users was Alaska at almost 72 percent, followed by New Hampshire at 70 percent and Utah at just under 70 percent.

The U.S. average was 61.3 percent.
 
Top Ten States, % of Internet Users
State  Percent
Alaska 71.6
New Hampshire 70.4
Utah 69.6
Minnesota 69.0
Wyoming 68.4
Washington  68.0
Connecticut 66.9
Vermont 65.9
Colorado 65.1
Maryland 65.1

The most populous states or ones with a large gross domestic product did not necessarily have a higher percentage of internet users. In fact, most of the largest states scored worst. Texas was eighth worst at almost 55 percent, North Carolina ninth worst at just over 55 percent. Illinois, Florida, California, New York, Georgia and Nevada were all in the bottom 20.

The report does not elaborate on these differences.

All States, % of Internet Users
State  Percent
Alaska 71.6
New Hampshire 70.4
Utah 69.6
Minnesota 69.0
Wyoming 68.4
Washington  68.0
Connecticut 66.9
Vermont 65.9
Colorado 65.1
Maryland 65.1
Nebraska 64.8
North Dakota 64.5
Maine 64.5
South Dakota 64.1
Wisconsin 64.1
Kansas 63.8
Arizona 63.6
Virginia 63.6
Iowa 63.5
New Jersey 62.6
Massachusetts 62.5
Idaho 62.2
Oregon 62.2
Washington, DC 60.8
Missouri 60.5
Montana 60.0
Pennsylvania 59.7
Delaware 59.1
Michigan 58.9
Indiana 58.8
Ohio 58.6
Illinois 58.4
Rhode Island 57.8
Florida 57.7
California 56.8
New York 56.8
Kentucky 56.6
Georgia 56.3
Hawaii 56.1
Tennessee 55.8
Nevada 55.6
Oklahoma 55.3
North Carolina 55.1
Texas 54.6
Alabama 53.2
South Carolina 52.4
New Mexico 51.8
West Virginia 51.5
Louisiana 50.0
Arkansas 49.9
Mississippi 42.6

Other facts from the report include:

Access the full report here.

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