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NEWS4 July 2012

A third of US homes now cellphone-only, finds NHIS

North America

US— More than a third of US households are now without landline telephones, relying only on mobiles, according to the latest release of the National Health Interview Survey ( NHIS ).

The survey also found that one in six homes received all or almost all calls on mobiles despite also having a landline phone.

Data relates to the second half of 2011. In the first half of that year, NHIS reported 32% of homes as being cell-only.


Key demographic differences

  • Nearly 6 in 10 adults aged 25-29 ( 59.6% ) lived in households with only wireless telephones. This rate is greater than the rates for adults aged 18-24 ( 48.6% ) or 30-34 ( 50.9% ). The percentage of adults living in households with only
  • Wireless telephones decreased as age increased beyond 35 years: 36.8% for those aged 35-44, 23.8% for those aged 45-64; and 8.5% for those aged 65 and over.
  • More than three in four adults living only with unrelated adult roommates ( 77.5% ) were in households with only wireless telephones. This rate is nearly twice as high as the rate for adults living alone ( 41.3% ) and three times as high as the rate for adults living only with spouses or other adult family members ( 25.1% ).
  • Men ( 33.7% ) were more likely than women ( 30.9% ) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.
  • Hispanic adults ( 43.3% ) were more likely than non-Hispanic white adults ( 29.0% ) or non-Hispanic black adults ( 36.8% ) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.

The full report is online here.

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