Five U.S cities have reached 50 percent Internet penetration among the adult
population, according to Scarborough Research.
Washington, D.C. ranks No. 1 with 59.9 percent of the adult population
online, followed by San Francisco (56.1 percent); Austin, TX (55.5 percent);
Seattle (53.3 percent) and Salt Lake City (50.0 percent).
Scarborough said it measured Internet usage over a one-year period both at
home and at work for these findings.
“Reaching the 50 percent threshold is a significant milestone for the
Internet as it continues to mature into a mainstream medium,” said
Scarborough president Bob Cohen. “It’s also noteworthy that we continue to
see notable differences in Internet usage on a local market level, indicating
that technological innovation is impacted by the interplay of local
demographic, cultural, retail and media dynamics.”
Other major cities which fall under the 50 percent mark but trail closely
behind the top Internet savvy cities: Los Angeles (48.7 percent), Boston
(46.0 percent), Chicago (44.8 percent), New York (43.7 percent ) and
Philadelphia (41.5 percent).