Rates Of Internet Access Lagging For Elderly And Low Income Philadelphia Residents

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A recent poll finds that while most adults in Philadelphia have access to the internet, rates are still lagging for the low income and the elderly.

The Pew Charitable Trust conducted the poll during the summer of 2013 using a random sample of Philadelphia adults over 18.

While 82% of city residents said they have internet access, up from 76% in 2011, 46% of those over 65 do not.

And while rates of internet access are roughly the same among whites, African Americans and Hispanics, those making less than $30,000 a year were much less likely to have internet access. Just 73% of low income residents could go online, versus 92% of those making over $100,000.

According to Pew, the percentage of city residents with internet access is growing largely due to the wider availability and affordability of smartphones.

To view the study results, click here.

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