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U.S. Households with Computers and Internet Use, 1984–2012

Below is the number of households in the United States that have computers and use the Internet, from 1984 to 2012.

Year Total, in thousands Household with computer Household with Internet
2012 122,048 78.9% 74.8%
2011119,25075.671.7
2010119,54576.771.1
2009119,29674.1 268.7
2007117,84069.7 261.7
2003113,12661.854.7
2001109,10656.350.4
2000105,24751.041.5
1997102,15836.618.0
199398,73622.9(x)3
198994,06115.0(x)3
198487,0738.2(x)3
1. The householder refers to the person (or one of the persons) in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented (maintained) or, if there is no such person, any adult 15-years of age and older, excluding roomers, boarders, or paid employees. If the house is owned or rented jointly by a married couple, the householder may be either of the spouses. The person designated as the householder is the "reference person" to whom the relationship of all other household members, if any, is recorded.
2. In 2007 and 2009 the Current Population Survey did not ask about computer ownership. The estimates presented here for those years reflect adjustments made based on the ratio of computer ownership to Internet access in 2003 and 2010
3. In 1984, 1989, and 1993, respondents were not asked any questions about the Internet.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Select Years.

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