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Households With Internet Access

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Households with Internet Access

What does this measure?

The percentage of households that have access to the Internet.

Why is this important?

Access to the Internet is crucial for households to communicate, search for jobs, complete schoolwork and participate in other important activities like banking, health care access and consumer research.

How is our region doing?

In 2014-18, 87% of households in MetroWest had access to the Internet, slightly higher than the state (85%) and higher than the national rate of 81%. Worcester County's rate of 84% was lower than Middlesex and Norfolk (88% and 89%).

Rates of Internet access were 95% or higher in, Boxborough, Dover, Harvard, Lexington, Medway, Sherborn and Sudbury. Waltham and Milford were on the lower end of the spectrum, with 87% and 85%, respectively. Rates were 88% in Framingham and 91% in Natick. The rate in Boston, for comparison, was 84%.

Notes about the data

Internet access questions were not included in surveys until 2013. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.

Households with Internet Access
2014-18
United States81%
Massachusetts85%
Region87%
Middlesex88%
Norfolk89%
Worcester84%
Acton town, Middlesex County93%
Ashland town, Middlesex County93%
Bedford town, Middlesex County92%
Bellingham town, Norfolk County91%
Boxborough town, Middlesex County96%
Carlisle town, Middlesex County94%
Concord town, Middlesex County92%
Dedham town, Norfolk County88%
Dover town, Norfolk County98%
Framingham city, Middlesex County88%
Franklin town, Norfolk County93%
Groton town, Middlesex County92%
Harvard town, Worcester County95%
Holliston town, Middlesex County92%
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County94%
Hudson town, Middlesex County88%
Lexington town, Middlesex County95%
Lincoln town, Middlesex County92%
Littleton town, Middlesex County90%
Marlborough city, Middlesex County91%
Maynard town, Middlesex County92%
Medfield town, Norfolk County94%
Medway town, Norfolk County95%
Milford town, Worcester County85%
Millis town, Norfolk County94%
Natick town, Middlesex County91%
Needham town, Norfolk County94%
Sherborn town, Middlesex County95%
Southborough town, Worcester County93%
Stow town, Middlesex County93%
Sudbury town, Middlesex County97%
Walpole town, Norfolk County91%
Waltham city, Middlesex County87%
Wayland town, Middlesex County93%
Wellesley town, Norfolk County93%
Westborough town, Worcester County93%
Westford town, Middlesex County93%
Weston town, Middlesex County90%
Westwood town, Norfolk County92%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households with Internet Access
2014-18
United States96,820,405
Massachusetts2,212,749
Region1,024,474
Middlesex530,803
Norfolk234,333
Worcester259,338
Acton town, Middlesex County8,169
Ashland town, Middlesex County6,245
Bedford town, Middlesex County4,821
Bellingham town, Norfolk County5,827
Boxborough town, Middlesex County2,180
Carlisle town, Middlesex County1,712
Concord town, Middlesex County6,218
Dedham town, Norfolk County8,771
Dover town, Norfolk County1,967
Framingham city, Middlesex County24,756
Franklin town, Norfolk County10,807
Groton town, Middlesex County3,738
Harvard town, Worcester County1,766
Holliston town, Middlesex County4,881
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County5,622
Hudson town, Middlesex County6,728
Lexington town, Middlesex County11,118
Lincoln town, Middlesex County2,460
Littleton town, Middlesex County3,190
Marlborough city, Middlesex County14,269
Maynard town, Middlesex County3,917
Medfield town, Norfolk County3,907
Medway town, Norfolk County4,449
Milford town, Worcester County9,417
Millis town, Norfolk County2,831
Natick town, Middlesex County13,052
Needham town, Norfolk County10,066
Sherborn town, Middlesex County1,471
Southborough town, Worcester County3,261
Stow town, Middlesex County2,397
Sudbury town, Middlesex County6,161
Walpole town, Norfolk County8,105
Waltham city, Middlesex County20,542
Wayland town, Middlesex County4,594
Wellesley town, Norfolk County8,021
Westborough town, Worcester County6,312
Westford town, Middlesex County7,748
Weston town, Middlesex County3,434
Westwood town, Norfolk County5,037

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




INDICATORS TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Decreasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Decreasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing


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