May 16, 2022

The Number of American Homes With Only Wireless Telephones Continues to Grow

New data about the use of wireless telephones in the U.S. from the latest National Health Interview Survey data from the Center for Disease Control.

From the Report:

Preliminary results from the January–June 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that  the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow.

Two in every five American homes (39.4%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the first half of 2013—an increase of 1.2 percentage points since the second half of 2012. In addition, nearly one of every six American homes (15.7%) received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones despite also having a landline telephone. nchs data nhis earlyrelease wireless201312.pdf

Source: January–June 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

More Findings

  • Three in five adults living in rented homes (61.5%) had only wireless telephones. This rate is more than twice the rate for adults living in homes owned by a household member (27.2%).
  • Adults living in poverty (54.7%) were more likely than adults living near poverty (47.5%) and higher income adults (35.3%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.
  • Men (39.7%) were more likely than women (36.5%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.
  • Hispanic adults (49.9%) were more likely than non-Hispanic white (35.1%) or non-Hispanic black (39.4%) adults to be living in households with only wireless telephones.
  • Adults living in the Midwest (39.6%), South (41.8%), and West (39.0%) were more likely than those living in the Northeast (27.1%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.

Read the Complete Report (19 pages; PDF)

Also Available: State and County-Level Estimates (via CDC)

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