On average, according to census data, 72.2% of American households have internet access. Falling above that benchmark are the top five states: New Hampshire comes in first with 85% of its households connected, followed by Washington, Utah, Colorado and Massachusetts, which boasts an average of 83%.
On the lower end of the spectrum, Mississippi is the least connected state with just 62% of households synced up to the web, followed by Arkansas, New Mexico, Alabama and Louisiana. However, the study doesn’t embellish on sample size -- a large caveat that’s worth exploring. For example, Mississippi is the least connected state with 1,104,371 households online. But the most connected state, New Hampshire, maintains markedly less at 517,615. This is because Mississippi has a much larger population -- hence, the lower percentage reflected in the chart.
Various factors apply to the concept of “access,” but the most important one here might be of a financial nature. According to Pew, 19% of Americans surveyed last year cited the expense of an internet service as a deterrent in their usage of the web. Still, the current numbers mark a watershed increase from the year 2000, when 48% of American adults didn’t use the internet.