Households With Internet Access
What does this measure?
The percentage of households that have access to the Internet.
Why is this important?
Access to the Internet is crucial for households to communicate, search for jobs, complete schoolwork and participate in other important activities like banking, health care access and consumer research.
How is our county doing?
In 2014, 83% of households in Essex County had access to the Internet, on par with the state and slightly higher than the national rate of 80%. The rate in the City of Lynn was the same, but only 64% of residents in the City of Lawrence had Internet access in 2014, a decrease of 4% from the prior year.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Of the comparison counties, Essex County had the lowest household Internet rate in 2014. Westchester was slightly higher with a rate of 85%, while both Middlesex and Lake had access rates of 88%.
Notes about the data
Internet access questions were not included in surveys until 2013. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.