American Community Survey

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Why We Ask Questions About...
Computer and Internet Use

Your privacy concerns

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Questions as they appear on the form

We ask three questions that cover the type of computer you use, whether you have internet access, and what type of internet access you have.

Results from these questions

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Computer and internet use data help communities:

Infographic: Households Subscriptions to Broadband Service

Figure 1. Percentage of Households With Subscription to Any Broadband Service: 2013-2017

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year]

History of computer and internet use questions

Computer and internet use questions were added to the ACS in 2013 and modified in 2016. Research about this modification and copies of previous questionnaires are available on the ACS website.


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