Monday, January 07, 2019

Wireless-Only Now the Majority in 45-to-64 Age Group

The 55 percent majority of Americans aged 18 or older live in a wireless-only household, according to January-June 2018 estimates by the National Center for Health Statistics. Another 37 percent have both cell phones and a landline phone in their household. Just 5 percent are landline-only, and 3 percent are phoneless.

The percentage of adults who live in a wireless-only household became the majority in 2016. The wireless-only share grows each year as older age groups abandon landlines through generational replacement and/or technological surrender. Here are the percentages of adults by age who lived in a wireless-only household in the first half of 2018 (and 2015)...

Adults who live in a wireless-only household, January-June 2018 (and 2015)
Total, 18-plus: 55.2% (46.7%)
Aged 18 to 24: 65.0% (59.4%)
Aged 25 to 29: 77.3% (71.3%)
Aged 30 to 34: 77.3% (67.8%)
Aged 35 to 44: 65.7% (56.6%)
Aged 45 to 64: 50.7% (40.8%)
Aged 65-plus: 29.2% (19.3%)

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January—June 2018

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