Cell Phone Only Households by State | States Don’t Use Landlines

Percentage of Cell Phone Only Households by State

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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

ALABAMA  25.3%

ALASKA  19.9

ARIZONA  29.4

ARKANSAS  35.2

CALIFORNIA  18.2

COLORADO  30.4

CONNECTICUT  13.6

DELAWARE  16.5

DC  27.7

FLORIDA  27.3

GEORGIA  26.4

HAWAII 21.8

IDAHO  31.7

ILLINOIS  24.4

INDIANA  25.2

IOWA  29.2

KANSAS  28.7

KENTUCKY  31.5

LOUISIANA  26.8

MAINE  22.9

MARYLAND  18.4

MASSACHUSETTS 16.8

MICHIGAN  29.2

MINNESOTA  25.2

MISSISSIPPI  35.1

MISSOURI  22.4

MONTANA  19.4

NEBRASKA  30.4

NEVADA  24.2

NEW HAMPSHIRE  16.0

NEW JERSEY  12.8

NEW MEXICO  27.2

NEW YORK  17.0

NORTH CAROLINA  25.2

NORTH DAKOTA  32.3

OHIO  25.6

OKLAHOMA  30.1

OREGON  30.6

PENNSYLVANIA  16.5

RHODE ISLAND  12.8

SOUTH CAROLINA  25.8

SOUTH DAKOTA  15.6

TENNESSEE  27.9

TEXAS  32.5

UTAH  24.4

VERMONT  20.3

VIRGINIA  21.3

WASHINGTON  26.4

WEST VIRGINIA  20.5

WISCONSIN  25.3

(Source — National Center for Health Statistics; June, 2010)