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Table 17. Number and percentage of home computer users, by type of application and selected characteristics: 1997 and 2003
Selected characteristic 1997 2003  
Number of home computer users (in thousands) Percent of persons using computers at home Number of home computer users (in thousands) Percent of persons using computers at home Percent of home computer users using specific applications1  
Word processing Connect to Internet E-mail Spread-sheets/data-bases2 Graphics/ design2 School assign-ments3 Household records/ finances2 Games  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13  
Total, age 3 and over 81,013 (600.0) 31.7 (0.16) 156,744 (954.0) 56.9 (0.16) 53.1 (0.22) 82.7 (0.17) 72.7 (0.19) 32.0 (0.23) 37.6 (0.24) 75.9 (0.29) 30.8 (0.22) 58.5 (0.22)  
Sex                                                  
Male 41,260 (412.6) 33.1 (0.22) 76,777 (637.8) 57.2 (0.22) 49.5 (0.30) 82.4 (0.23) 70.5 (0.27) 33.7 (0.32) 39.5 (0.33) 73.9 (0.42) 31.6 (0.31) 61.5 (0.29)  
Female 39,753 (384.7) 30.3 (0.20) 79,967 (627.8) 56.7 (0.21) 56.7 (0.28) 83.0 (0.21) 74.8 (0.24) 30.3 (0.29) 35.9 (0.30) 77.8 (0.39) 30.1 (0.29) 55.6 (0.28)  
                                                   
Race/ethnicity                                                  
White 68,026 (543.7) 36.9 (0.19) 119,495 (801.4) 63.7 (0.19) 53.9 (0.25) 84.9 (0.18) 75.4 (0.22) 32.6 (0.26) 38.6 (0.27) 75.4 (0.34) 31.8 (0.26) 58.0 (0.25)  
Black 4,943 (136.3) 15.6 (0.36) 13,457 (254.7) 40.8 (0.48) 50.5 (0.76) 74.4 (0.67) 62.5 (0.74) 26.8 (0.77) 33.4 (0.82) 79.3 (0.89) 26.9 (0.78) 64.8 (0.73)  
Hispanic 4,081 (139.0) 14.5 (0.41) 13,497 (300.2) 35.8 (0.49) 46.6 (0.85) 72.4 (0.76) 59.4 (0.83) 27.8 (0.90) 31.4 (0.93) 74.9 (0.97) 25.1 (0.87) 59.5 (0.83)  
Other 3,963 (136.6) 34.8 (0.88) 10,296 (248.9) 60.7 (0.74) 56.3 (0.96) 81.1 (0.76) 71.6 (0.88) 36.4 (1.06) 39.3 (1.07) 76.7 (1.14) 31.4 (1.02) 54.2 (0.97)  
                                                   
Age                                                  
3 to 14 18,774 (249.8) 39.1 (0.39) 30,772 (330.0) 62.6 (0.38) 37.9 (0.48) 57.6 (0.49) 34.5 (0.47) (†) (†) 61.9 (0.44) (†) 86.0 (0.34)  
15 and over 62,239 (505.5) 30.0 (0.17) 125,972 (813.4) 55.7 (0.18) 56.8 (0.24) 88.8 (0.15) 82.0 (0.19) 32.0 (0.23) 37.6 (0.24) 92.8 (0.29) 30.8 (0.22) 51.8 (0.24)  
15 to 19 8,395 (162.3) 43.1 (0.61) 14,656 (218.2) 72.2 (0.54) 68.9 (0.66) 86.6 (0.49) 77.9 (0.59) 23.2 (0.60) 43.8 (0.71) 93.1 (0.34) 6.2 (0.34) 72.4 (0.64)  
20 to 24 4,975 (123.7) 28.5 (0.59) 11,848 (194.7) 59.6 (0.60) 63.7 (0.76) 86.4 (0.54) 80.6 (0.63) 29.9 (0.73) 40.9 (0.78) 94.5 (0.53) 20.5 (0.64) 61.9 (0.77)  
25 to 29 5,963 (135.8) 31.7 (0.59) 11,059 (187.7) 59.0 (0.62) 56.0 (0.82) 88.5 (0.52) 83.7 (0.61) 36.2 (0.79) 42.1 (0.81) 94.2 (0.96) 37.1 (0.79) 54.2 (0.82)  
30 to 39 15,393 (224.1) 35.8 (0.40) 26,407 (302.3) 64.0 (0.41) 54.3 (0.53) 89.7 (0.32) 83.3 (0.40) 35.5 (0.51) 40.6 (0.52) 89.0 (1.26) 37.6 (0.52) 50.4 (0.53)  
40 to 49 15,346 (223.7) 38.3 (0.42) 27,660 (310.4) 62.3 (0.40) 55.4 (0.52) 90.1 (0.31) 82.7 (0.39) 35.3 (0.50) 37.3 (0.50) 88.6 (1.67) 37.5 (0.50) 47.3 (0.52)  
50 to 59 7,679 (154.9) 28.5 (0.48) 19,976 (258.5) 57.2 (0.46) 55.4 (0.61) 90.7 (0.35) 83.4 (0.45) 32.5 (0.57) 33.6 (0.58) 90.0 (2.49) 34.4 (0.58) 41.9 (0.60)  
60 to 69 3,162 (98.1) 16.2 (0.46) 9,233 (170.6) 41.8 (0.57) 51.8 (0.90) 87.9 (0.59) 81.9 (0.69) 28.5 (0.81) 29.0 (0.82) 69.8 (9.14) 31.8 (0.84) 44.3 (0.89)  
70 or older 1,327 (63.2) 5.9 (0.27) 5,134 (125.7) 20.9 (0.45) 43.9 (1.20) 84.5 (0.87) 78.1 (1.00) 20.5 (0.97) 20.6 (0.98) (†) 25.4 (1.05) 47.0 (1.20)  
                                                   
Family income4                                                  
Under $20,000 7,374 (151.6) 11.0 (0.21) 11,951 (195.6) 28.6 (0.38) 48.5 (0.79) 70.1 (0.72) 59.9 (0.77) 23.2 (0.75) 31.5 (0.83) 78.5 (0.85) 22.5 (0.75) 64.4 (0.76)  
$20,000 to $29,999 7,819 (156.3) 19.9 (0.35) 12,136 (197.2) 41.4 (0.50) 47.7 (0.78) 74.0 (0.69) 64.5 (0.75) 25.6 (0.77) 32.4 (0.82) 74.8 (1.02) 24.7 (0.76) 63.6 (0.75)  
$30,000 to $39,999 10,370 (181.4) 28.5 (0.41) 15,176 (222.4) 52.4 (0.51) 45.6 (0.70) 78.9 (0.57) 68.7 (0.65) 24.9 (0.68) 31.8 (0.73) 72.8 (0.95) 27.1 (0.70) 62.8 (0.68)  
$40,000 to $49,999 9,627 (174.4) 36.9 (0.52) 13,300 (207.1) 63.4 (0.57) 50.1 (0.75) 81.9 (0.58) 71.6 (0.68) 28.5 (0.75) 35.6 (0.80) 74.9 (1.03) 28.8 (0.76) 61.5 (0.73)  
$50,000 to $74,999 21,685 (270.5) 46.5 (0.40) 31,581 (335.0) 70.8 (0.37) 51.9 (0.49) 85.6 (0.34) 74.8 (0.42) 30.8 (0.50) 37.4 (0.52) 74.9 (0.66) 30.5 (0.50) 59.3 (0.48)  
$75,000 or more 24,138 (287.3) 60.3 (0.42) 48,583 (433.0) 82.5 (0.27) 61.3 (0.38) 89.7 (0.24) 79.8 (0.31) 41.2 (0.43) 45.1 (0.43) 77.0 (0.51) 37.8 (0.42) 55.0 (0.39)  
†Not applicable.  
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases).  
1 Individuals may be counted in more than one computer activity.  
2 Data are for persons 15 years old and over.  
3 Data are for students only.  
4 Excludes persons whose income data were not available.  
NOTE: Excludes persons under age 3. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1997 and October 2003, unpublished tabulations.(This table was prepared August 2004.)
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