PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The percentage of Rhode Islanders living in a household with an Internet connection rose between 2011 and 2012, but the state fell to last place in New England as other states made bigger gains.
The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/MSgzvQ ) reports that 82.2 percent of residents lived in an Internet household in 2012. That’s up from 80.4 percent in 2011 and 77 percent in 2009. The U.S. Census Bureau released the statistics Monday.
In New England, New Hampshire led the way, with 87.7 percent of resident living in an Internet household. In Massachusetts, the percentage was 86; in Vermont, 85.7; in Maine, 84.2; and in Connecticut, 84.
The national average is 79.3 percent.
The paper reported that 75 percent of Rhode Islanders accessed the Internet in 2012, either at home or elsewhere.