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NCHS: 12.8% of Households Wireless Only

Topics: Cell Phones

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) today released another of its regular updates on the ever growing number of Americans living in households without landline telephones (hat tip to alert reader BS):

During the last 6 months of 2006, more than 3 out of every 20 American homes (15.8%) did not have a landline telephone. Of those homes without a landline telephone, most had at least one working wireless telephone. Preliminary results from NHIS suggest that more than one out of every eight American homes (at least 12.8%) had only wireless telephones during the second half of 2006. These are the most up-to-date estimates available from the federal government concerning the size of this population.

The ongoing NCHS survey, which involves roughly 13,000 interviews every six months, conducts its interviews in person. Thus, it potentially reaches all Americans, regardless of phone service. As the following chart shows, the upward trend in wireless only households shows no signs of slowing:

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For thoughts on what this trend may mean for the telephone surveys we all obsess over, see my previous commentary here and here.

 

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