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Digest of Education Statistics: 2016
Digest of Education Statistics: 2016

NCES 2017-094
February 2018


Table 702.15. Percentage of children ages 3 to 18 who use the Internet from home, by selected child and family characteristics: Selected years, 2010 through 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected child or family characteristic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015
1 2 3 4 5 6
Total 57.7   (0.46) 56.4   (0.46) 63.1   (0.46) 58.3   (0.49) 60.7   (0.47)
Sex                              
Male 57.3   (0.48) 55.7   (0.57) 62.5   (0.55) 58.4   (0.63) 61.0   (0.56)
Female 58.2   (0.58) 57.1   (0.54) 63.8   (0.54) 58.3   (0.61) 60.5   (0.57)
                               
Race/ethnicity                              
White 65.9   (0.52) 64.0   (0.59) 70.0   (0.55) 65.0   (0.65) 66.3   (0.58)
Black 46.4   (1.32) 46.7   (1.34) 55.5   (1.24) 49.1   (1.44) 53.0   (1.29)
Hispanic 43.6   (1.00) 42.3   (1.01) 51.5   (1.04) 48.0   (1.11) 52.4   (1.10)
Asian 65.8   (2.01) 65.4   (2.24) 70.5   (1.82) 65.4   (2.16) 63.5   (1.82)
Pacific Islander 57.5   (9.00) 45.0   (6.43) 51.6   (6.96) 62.2   (7.76) 53.9   (9.07)
American Indian/Alaska Native 37.8   (4.61) 47.8   (4.54) 41.1   (4.55) 44.3   (4.00) 49.3   (4.10)
Two or more races 59.0   (2.44) 59.8   (2.37) 64.6   (2.12) 58.0   (2.76) 64.4   (2.40)
                               
Age                              
3 and 4 19.2   (0.73) 24.1   (0.85) 29.6   (0.87) 31.1   (1.12) 38.8   (0.96)
5 to 10 48.8   (0.70) 47.1   (0.66) 54.9   (0.62) 50.0   (0.77) 54.2   (0.71)
11 to 14 71.9   (0.78) 66.6   (0.78) 73.3   (0.74) 65.2   (0.82) 65.1   (0.81)
15 to 18 77.9   (0.59) 76.9   (0.61) 80.8   (0.67) 76.9   (0.71) 76.1   (0.62)
                               
Metropolitan status1                              
Metropolitan2 58.7   (0.52) 57.3   (0.50) 64.3   (0.51) 58.9   (0.54) 61.5   (0.50)
Nonmetropolitan3  52.6   (1.08) 50.5   (1.23) 56.5   (1.20) 55.9   (1.22) 56.1   (1.22)
                               
Highest level of education attained
      by either parent4
                             
Less than high school 29.3   (1.43) 29.1   (1.38) 37.7   (1.64) 36.7   (1.58) 42.2   (1.70)
High school diploma or equivalent 47.4   (0.99) 47.3   (1.00) 54.1   (1.16) 48.7   (1.13) 51.5   (1.04)
Some college 58.6   (1.08) 57.2   (1.05) 61.7   (1.04) 58.4   (1.31) 59.8   (1.12)
Associate’s degree 63.1   (1.17) 61.2   (1.36) 68.0   (1.26) 62.4   (1.39) 63.2   (1.50)
Bachelor’s or higher degree 71.5   (0.65) 68.8   (0.62) 75.9   (0.64) 70.0   (0.72) 70.6   (0.69)
Bachelor’s degree 71.5   (0.85) 67.8   (0.87) 74.9   (0.92) 69.1   (0.92) 70.1   (0.93)
Master’s or higher degree 71.5   (0.99) 70.1   (1.02) 77.2   (0.86) 71.2   (1.21) 71.3   (1.08)
                               
Family income (in current dollars)                              
  Less than $10,000 26.2   (1.41) 30.2   (1.52) 35.0   (1.71) 31.3   (1.77) 39.0   (2.03)
  $10,000 to $19,999 39.7   (1.52) 37.7   (1.31) 42.0   (1.58) 42.9   (1.70) 40.3   (1.80)
  $20,000 to $29,999 43.8   (1.31) 44.1   (1.43) 51.0   (1.45) 48.1   (1.63) 52.0   (1.56)
  $30,000 to $39,999 52.3   (1.51) 48.6   (1.49) 57.0   (1.29) 49.6   (1.59) 54.6   (1.55)
  $40,000 to $49,999 62.2   (1.50) 55.7   (1.60) 63.8   (1.46) 58.7   (1.64) 58.9   (1.79)
  $50,000 to $74,999 64.3   (0.91) 64.6   (0.98) 71.2   (0.90) 63.4   (1.22) 65.8   (1.01)
  $75,000 to $99,999 68.8   (1.23) 70.0   (1.10) 75.9   (1.13) 69.7   (1.30) 69.8   (1.23)
  $100,000 or more 76.9   (0.77) 72.7   (0.89) 79.5   (0.72) 73.4   (0.97) 71.9   (0.91)
$100,000 to $149,999 75.0   (1.08) 74.0   (1.09) 78.8   (0.97) 72.3   (1.35) 71.5   (1.20)
   $150,000 or more 79.5   (1.15) 70.9   (1.35) 80.4   (1.14) 75.0   (1.41) 72.4   (1.37)
1 Children living in areas whose metropolitan status was not identified are excluded from this analysis. From 2010 through 2015, less than 1 percent of children ages 3 to 18 lived in an area with non-identified metropolitan status.
2 Refers to metropolitan statistical areas, which contain at least one urbanized area with a population of 50,000 or more.
3 Refers to areas that are outside of metropolitan statistical areas.
4 Highest education level of any parent residing with the child (including an adoptive or stepparent). Includes only children who resided with at least one of their parents.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Data exclude children living in institutions (e.g., prisons or nursing facilities). Data for 2011, 2013, and 2015 were collected in the July supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS), while data for 2010 and 2012 were collected in the October supplement. The July supplement consists solely of questions about computer and internet use. In contrast, the October supplement focuses on school enrollment, although it also includes questions about computer and internet use. Measurable differences in estimates across years could reflect actual changes in the population; however, differences could also reflect seasonal variations in data collection or differences between the content of the July and October supplements. Therefore, caution should be used when making year-to-year comparisons.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2010 and 2012 and July 2011, 2013, and 2015. (This table was prepared October 2016.)