The percentage of households that have access to the Internet.
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.
In 2017, 86% of households in Essex County had access to the Internet, slightly lower than the state, but slightly higher than the national rate of 84%. The rate in the City of Lynn was 80%, but only 76% of residents in the City of Lawrence had Internet access in 2017, a decrease of 4 percentage points from the prior year.
Of the comparison counties, Westchester had the lowest household Internet rate in 2017 on par with Essex. Middlesex and Lake were slightly higher with a rate of 90% and 91%, respectively.
Internet access questions were not included in surveys until 2013. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in September.