Percentage of Cell Phone Only Households by State
Cell phones have become the only phone in 26.5% of American households according to a new study by the National Center for Household statistics.
The percentage of wireless only households increased in every state since last year with Arkansas leading the way with 35.2% of households that are cell phone only. On the other end of the spectrum are New Jersey and Rhode Island where only 12.8% of households are cell phone only households. That explains why the cast of Jersey Shore still uses a duck phone as a landline.
States with a high percentage of low income households, renters, and young adults are most likely to have high amounts of cell phone only households. However, even if a household has a landline, it is often no longer the primary means of communication. In Texas, wireless phones are now the primary means of receiving phone calls in 52.6% of homes.
The trend away from landline phones is likely to continue unless there is some kind of new advantage or service that a landline phone can provide. So, soon we may not even see Snooki using the duck phone on the Jersey Shore.
CELL PHONE ONLY HOUSEHOLDS BY STATE
NEW HAMPSHIRE 16.0
NEW JERSEY 12.8
NEW MEXICO 27.2
NEW YORK 17.0
NORTH CAROLINA 25.2
NORTH DAKOTA 32.3
RHODE ISLAND 12.8
SOUTH CAROLINA 25.8
SOUTH DAKOTA 15.6
WEST VIRGINIA 20.5
(Source — National Center for Health Statistics; June, 2010)