From February 2, 2012...
• 93% of higher-income home internet users have some type of broadband connection versus 85% of the internet users who live in households earning less than $75,000 per year. That translates into 87% of all those in live in those better-off households having broadband at home.
• 95% of higher-income households own some type of cell phone compared with 83% in households with less income.
Differences among income cohorts apply to other technology as well
• 79% of those living in households earning $75,000 or more own desktop computers, compared with 55% of those living in less well-off homes;
• 80% access news online;
• 71% pay bills online;
• 48% have used their cell to send or receive email;
• 88% conduct online product research;
• 37% have donated to charities online.
Where better-off Americans get their news
• 80% of online Americans in the higher income bracket get news on the internet, compared with 60% of the internet users earning less than $30,000 per year.
• 79% of the internet users in the higher earning bracket have visited a government website at the local, state or federal level versus 56% of those who fall into the lowest-income group.
• 61% in the higher bracket seek political news online, compared with 35% from the lowest-income bracket.