In advance of Veterans Day, NTIA conducted an analysis of its Digital Nation data to better understand the landscape of veterans’ computer and internet use in America. Since 1994, NTIA has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to survey Americans about their computer and Internet use. Were we able to break out the data by veteran status going all the way back to our earliest data collections. We also added “Veteran Status” as a search option in our Data Explorer tool so that the public can more easily examine the data and create custom charts about internet use by veterans.
Veterans are demographically distinct from the overall U.S. population. The average age of veterans is 61, which is considerably older than non-veterans, with an average age of 45. Veterans are also more likely to live in rural areas and are more twice as likely to be disabled compared to the rest of the population. In addition, about half of veterans – 52 percent – are retired or not in the labor force. After accounting for demographic factors with known links to internet use, our analysis shows that veterans are 1 to 2 percent more likely to use the internet than non-veteran peers.
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NTIA has added “Veteran Status” as a search option in our Data Explorer tool so that the public can more easily examine the data and create custom charts about Internet use by veterans.
To explore the devices used, locations of Internet use, online activities, and other metrics by veteran status, simply select the “Chart” mode in Data Explorer and “Veteran Status” in the demographics menu that appears. Like all visualizations in Data Explorer, any veteran status charts in Data Explorer can be bookmarked or linked for later use or sharing.