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Table 218.71. Number and percentage distribution of 5- to 17-year-old students, by home internet access, race/ethnicity, and locale: 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Race/ethnicity and locale Number of
students living
in households1 
(in thousands)
Percentage distribution of students,1  by home access to the Internet2 
Total Access with a broadband subscription Access
without a
subscrip-
tion4 
Either no
access or
only dial-up
access
Total, any
broadband
subscription
Fixed
broadband
(of any
sort)3 
Mobile
broadband
(alone or
with dial-up)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Total5  51,937 (20.4) 100.0 (†) 85.0 (0.08) 77.7 (0.11) 7.3   (0.06) 4.2   (0.04) 10.8   (0.08)
City 15,776 (24.9) 100.0 (†) 81.7 (0.14) 74.0 (0.16) 7.7   (0.09) 5.1   (0.09) 13.3   (0.13)
Large 8,849 (16.3) 100.0 (†) 80.0 (0.22) 72.1 (0.23) 7.9   (0.13) 5.3   (0.11) 14.7   (0.20)
Midsize 3,385 (16.3) 100.0 (†) 83.5 (0.25) 76.1 (0.33) 7.4   (0.23) 4.7   (0.21) 11.8   (0.22)
Small 3,542 (13.1) 100.0 (†) 84.2 (0.29) 77.0 (0.33) 7.2   (0.19) 4.8   (0.19) 11.0   (0.27)
Suburb 21,616 (32.7) 100.0 (†) 89.7 (0.11) 84.4 (0.12) 5.3   (0.08) 3.1   (0.06) 7.2   (0.09)
Large 18,472 (29.3) 100.0 (†) 90.1 (0.11) 84.9 (0.13) 5.1   (0.08) 3.0   (0.06) 7.0   (0.10)
Midsize 2,014 (14.0) 100.0 (†) 87.6 (0.36) 81.8 (0.43) 5.9   (0.26) 3.9   (0.23) 8.5   (0.30)
Small 1,131 (12.0) 100.0 (†) 88.2 (0.49) 80.9 (0.54) 7.3   (0.37) 3.2   (0.22) 8.6   (0.44)
Town 4,849 (37.2) 100.0 (†) 80.9 (0.28) 72.2 (0.34) 8.7   (0.20) 5.3   (0.15) 13.8   (0.25)
Fringe 1,343 (13.0) 100.0 (†) 84.4 (0.46) 76.9 (0.51) 7.5   (0.36) 4.9   (0.27) 10.8   (0.39)
Distant 2,198 (22.0) 100.0 (†) 79.3 (0.37) 70.1 (0.42) 9.3   (0.27) 5.5   (0.22) 15.2   (0.32)
Remote 1,308 (15.6) 100.0 (†) 80.0 (0.52) 70.9 (0.63) 9.1   (0.39) 5.6   (0.27) 14.4   (0.42)
Rural 9,696 (40.4) 100.0 (†) 81.8 (0.16) 71.4 (0.22) 10.4   (0.13) 4.9   (0.07) 13.4   (0.16)
Fringe 4,737 (23.7) 100.0 (†) 85.8 (0.24) 77.2 (0.32) 8.6   (0.19) 4.1   (0.12) 10.1   (0.22)
Distant 3,881 (28.2) 100.0 (†) 78.5 (0.24) 66.2 (0.30) 12.3   (0.20) 5.4   (0.13) 16.0   (0.24)
Remote 1,077 (14.2) 100.0 (†) 75.5 (0.45) 64.5 (0.45) 11.0   (0.31) 6.0   (0.25) 18.5   (0.39)
                                   
White 26,966 (13.0) 100.0 (†) 90.2 (0.09) 84.0 (0.12) 6.3   (0.07) 3.2   (0.05) 6.6   (0.07)
City 5,233 (18.4) 100.0 (†) 91.2 (0.19) 86.2 (0.21) 4.9   (0.13) 3.2   (0.12) 5.7   (0.17)
Large 2,296 (12.0) 100.0 (†) 90.9 (0.25) 86.2 (0.29) 4.7   (0.18) 2.9   (0.13) 6.3   (0.23)
Midsize 1,249 (11.0) 100.0 (†) 92.8 (0.32) 87.8 (0.44) 5.1   (0.29) 2.6   (0.26) 4.6   (0.21)
Small 1,688 (11.0) 100.0 (†) 90.3 (0.32) 85.2 (0.41) 5.2   (0.26) 4.1   (0.23) 5.6   (0.24)
Suburb 11,298 (26.5) 100.0 (†) 94.4 (0.10) 90.4 (0.13) 4.1   (0.09) 2.1   (0.06) 3.5   (0.08)
Large 9,367 (24.8) 100.0 (†) 95.0 (0.10) 91.2 (0.13) 3.8   (0.09) 1.9   (0.06) 3.1   (0.08)
Midsize 1,223 (10.2) 100.0 (†) 92.0 (0.36) 87.4 (0.44) 4.7   (0.31) 3.0   (0.24) 5.0   (0.34)
Small 707 (9.7) 100.0 (†) 91.9 (0.52) 85.6 (0.65) 6.3   (0.47) 2.6   (0.28) 5.5   (0.44)
Town 2,897 (22.7) 100.0 (†) 86.6 (0.30) 79.4 (0.39) 7.2   (0.21) 4.5   (0.20) 8.9   (0.27)
Fringe 842 (11.9) 100.0 (†) 89.1 (0.48) 82.6 (0.60) 6.5   (0.36) 4.3   (0.37) 6.7   (0.37)
Distant 1,320 (14.0) 100.0 (†) 85.1 (0.43) 77.5 (0.49) 7.5   (0.34) 4.8   (0.25) 10.2   (0.35)
Remote 735 (10.6) 100.0 (†) 86.6 (0.57) 79.1 (0.71) 7.5   (0.43) 4.1   (0.26) 9.3   (0.53)
Rural 7,539 (27.8) 100.0 (†) 84.6 (0.18) 74.6 (0.23) 10.1   (0.13) 4.5   (0.07) 10.9   (0.16)
Fringe 3,655 (17.8) 100.0 (†) 88.4 (0.24) 80.2 (0.31) 8.2   (0.18) 3.8   (0.13) 7.8   (0.20)
Distant 3,116 (21.1) 100.0 (†) 81.1 (0.27) 68.9 (0.33) 12.2   (0.21) 5.0   (0.14) 13.9   (0.25)
Remote 769 (9.9) 100.0 (†) 81.3 (0.43) 70.8 (0.50) 10.5   (0.38) 5.8   (0.25) 12.9   (0.34)
                                   
Black 7,044 (19.2) 100.0 (†) 74.2 (0.23) 65.8 (0.27) 8.4   (0.17) 6.9   (0.16) 18.9   (0.22)
City 3,292 (16.1) 100.0 (†) 71.0 (0.31) 61.3 (0.37) 9.7   (0.27) 7.9   (0.24) 21.1   (0.33)
Large 2,022 (9.2) 100.0 (†) 70.5 (0.48) 61.4 (0.54) 9.1   (0.35) 8.4   (0.31) 21.1   (0.41)
Midsize 710 (8.5) 100.0 (†) 72.8 (0.81) 62.6 (0.89) 10.3   (0.50) 7.3   (0.51) 19.9   (0.76)
Small 560 (8.8) 100.0 (†) 70.5 (0.76) 59.6 (0.89) 10.9   (0.62) 6.9   (0.56) 22.6   (0.79)
Suburb 2,636 (16.3) 100.0 (†) 82.3 (0.40) 75.6 (0.43) 6.7   (0.24) 5.2   (0.25) 12.5   (0.34)
Large 2,364 (14.2) 100.0 (†) 82.5 (0.39) 76.2 (0.45) 6.3   (0.27) 5.2   (0.25) 12.4   (0.33)
Midsize 184 (6.2) 100.0 (†) 80.4 (1.63) 70.4 (1.79) 10.0   (1.32) 5.6   (0.89) 14.0   (1.52)
Small 88 (4.7) 100.0 (†) 80.9 (2.08) 72.0 (2.29) 8.9   (1.35) 5.2   (1.22) 13.9   (1.79)
Town 535 (11.0) 100.0 (†) 63.0 (1.12) 52.7 (1.14) 10.3   (0.54) 9.2   (0.63) 27.9   (0.89)
Fringe 111 (5.7) 100.0 (†) 70.5 (2.17) 62.3 (2.23) 8.2   (1.33) 9.4   (1.45) 20.2   (2.06)
Distant 287 (7.0) 100.0 (†) 62.9 (1.41) 51.4 (1.32) 11.4   (0.76) 8.1   (0.82) 29.0   (1.20)
Remote 137 (3.9) 100.0 (†) 57.2 (2.26) 47.5 (2.23) 9.7   (0.99) 11.2   (1.59) 31.7   (1.86)
Rural 581 (10.4) 100.0 (†) 66.0 (0.98) 58.2 (1.03) 7.8   (0.53) 6.9   (0.49) 27.1   (0.85)
Fringe 278 (8.4) 100.0 (†) 74.3 (1.38) 67.6 (1.56) 6.7   (0.75) 5.5   (0.71) 20.2   (1.26)
Distant 235 (7.0) 100.0 (†) 60.6 (1.31) 51.4 (1.45) 9.2   (0.74) 8.3   (0.80) 31.1   (1.25)
Remote 68 (2.9) 100.0 (†) 50.9 (2.96) 43.1 (2.74) 7.7   (1.35) 7.6   (1.11) 41.5   (3.10)
                                   
Hispanic 12,591 (10.7) 100.0 (†) 77.7 (0.19) 68.1 (0.24) 9.6   (0.14) 5.3   (0.10) 17.0   (0.18)
City 5,327 (18.9) 100.0 (†) 75.9 (0.27) 66.0 (0.33) 9.9   (0.20) 5.8   (0.17) 18.4   (0.26)
Large 3,465 (14.2) 100.0 (†) 75.2 (0.35) 65.1 (0.42) 10.1   (0.25) 5.8   (0.20) 19.0   (0.36)
Midsize 1,019 (8.0) 100.0 (†) 77.0 (0.65) 67.7 (0.70) 9.3   (0.45) 5.8   (0.33) 17.2   (0.56)
Small 842 (10.0) 100.0 (†) 77.2 (0.73) 67.8 (0.83) 9.5   (0.47) 5.8   (0.43) 17.0   (0.77)
Suburb 5,266 (17.2) 100.0 (†) 81.5 (0.30) 73.4 (0.32) 8.0   (0.19) 4.4   (0.14) 14.1   (0.27)
Large 4,604 (16.0) 100.0 (†) 82.0 (0.33) 74.1 (0.35) 7.9   (0.20) 4.3   (0.15) 13.7   (0.28)
Midsize 426 (7.8) 100.0 (†) 76.8 (1.07) 68.8 (1.22) 8.0   (0.64) 6.1   (0.63) 17.1   (0.87)
Small 236 (6.4) 100.0 (†) 79.0 (1.63) 67.8 (1.68) 11.1   (0.97) 4.2   (0.57) 16.8   (1.64)
Town 1,062 (13.3) 100.0 (†) 73.8 (0.62) 61.6 (0.70) 12.1   (0.53) 5.9   (0.40) 20.3   (0.58)
Fringe 299 (6.9) 100.0 (†) 74.8 (1.29) 64.3 (1.31) 10.4   (0.98) 5.4   (0.64) 19.9   (1.19)
Distant 451 (9.1) 100.0 (†) 72.3 (0.92) 59.3 (0.98) 13.0   (0.75) 5.9   (0.47) 21.8   (0.94)
Remote 312 (5.5) 100.0 (†) 74.9 (1.10) 62.4 (1.24) 12.4   (0.87) 6.5   (0.68) 18.6   (0.94)
Rural 937 (12.9) 100.0 (†) 71.5 (0.67) 57.5 (0.73) 14.0   (0.55) 6.4   (0.38) 22.2   (0.64)
Fringe 514 (12.0) 100.0 (†) 73.6 (0.89) 60.4 (1.00) 13.2   (0.80) 5.8   (0.45) 20.7   (0.82)
Distant 318 (7.7) 100.0 (†) 69.8 (1.14) 54.2 (1.21) 15.6   (0.92) 7.1   (0.54) 23.1   (1.14)
Remote 105 (3.4) 100.0 (†) 66.1 (1.48) 53.1 (1.60) 13.0   (0.96) 7.5   (1.12) 26.5   (1.41)
                                   
Asian 2,462 (10.5) 100.0 (†) 95.0 (0.17) 91.4 (0.24) 3.5   (0.15) 1.6   (0.11) 3.4   (0.14)
City 1,033 (10.3) 100.0 (†) 93.6 (0.28) 89.8 (0.35) 3.9   (0.23) 1.9   (0.18) 4.5   (0.25)
Large 614 (7.2) 100.0 (†) 92.4 (0.42) 88.3 (0.51) 4.1   (0.33) 1.9   (0.26) 5.6   (0.39)
Midsize 197 (5.4) 100.0 (†) 94.8 (0.59) 91.7 (0.78) 3.1   (0.55) 2.1   (0.38) 3.1   (0.46)
Small 222 (4.5) 100.0 (†) 96.0 (0.57) 92.1 (0.86) 3.9   (0.62) 1.6   (0.31) 2.5   (0.42)
Suburb 1,273 (10.7) 100.0 (†) 96.4 (0.22) 93.2 (0.31) 3.2   (0.19) 1.3   (0.11) 2.3   (0.21)
Large 1,176 (9.8) 100.0 (†) 96.5 (0.23) 93.3 (0.31) 3.1   (0.22) 1.3   (0.11) 2.2   (0.21)
Midsize 60 (2.8) 100.0 (†) 95.0 (1.16) 90.7 (1.74) 4.3   (1.25) 2.6 ! (0.85) 2.4   (0.66)
Small 37 (2.4) 100.0 (†) 95.5 (1.50) 92.7 (2.05) 2.8 ! (1.04)   (†) 3.4 ! (1.32)
Town 68 (3.0) 100.0 (†) 91.8 (1.14) 87.8 (1.47) 4.0   (1.02) 2.4   (0.54) 5.8   (0.99)
Fringe 19 (1.9) 100.0 (†) 95.6 (1.51) 93.8 (1.83)   (†)   (†) 3.4 ! (1.40)
Distant 26 (1.7) 100.0 (†) 90.4 (1.94) 84.7 (2.76) 5.7 ! (1.95) 3.1   (0.91) 6.6   (1.69)
Remote 23 (1.6) 100.0 (†) 90.5 (2.24) 86.6 (2.64) 3.9 ! (1.60) 2.6 ! (0.98) 6.9   (1.85)
Rural 88 (3.7) 100.0 (†) 92.5 (1.17) 87.9 (1.24) 4.6   (0.93) 2.2   (0.53) 5.3   (0.94)
Fringe 67 (3.3) 100.0 (†) 94.2 (1.07) 90.6 (1.32) 3.6 ! (1.11) 1.9   (0.49) 3.9   (0.89)
Distant 17 (1.5) 100.0 (†) 86.7 (3.58) 79.1 (3.69) 7.6   (1.75) 3.7 ! (1.81) 9.6 ! (3.21)
Remote 4 (0.6) 100.0 (†) 88.1 (3.00) 79.5 (4.08) 8.6 ! (3.15)   (†) 10.9   (2.92)
                                   
Pacific Islander6  79 (3.0) 100.0 (†) 85.5 (2.12) 79.3 (2.49) 6.2   (1.30) 2.2 ! (1.05) 12.3   (1.75)
American Indian/                                  
Alaska Native6  385 (6.5) 100.0 (†) 66.5 (0.96) 55.7 (0.99) 10.7   (0.64) 6.6   (0.66) 26.9   (1.02)
Two or more races6  2,233 (23.8) 100.0 (†) 88.8 (0.39) 82.1 (0.49) 6.7   (0.28) 4.0   (0.24) 7.2   (0.30)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Includes all students who are 5 to 17 years old and live in a household.
2 Percentages refer to students whose household members access the Internet at home by the means specified. “Either no access or only dial-up access” includes households where no member accesses the Internet at home as well as households where members access the Internet only with a dial-up service.
3 Excludes mobile broadband, but includes all other non-dial-up internet service, such as DSL, cable modem, and fiber-optic cable.
4 Includes respondents living in a city or town that provides free internet services for its residents.
5 Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
6 Data for this race category cannot be broken out by locale.
NOTES: Data are based on sample surveys of the entire population residing within the United States. However, this table includes only students living in households, because respondents living in group quarters (e.g., shelters, healthcare facilities, or correctional facilities) were not asked about internet access. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2015. (This table was prepared January 2017.)

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