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Majority of US households have a mobile phone but no landline

Tyrone Stewart

Girls on phone50.8 per cent of homes have at least one mobile phone but no landline in the US, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), conducted between July and December 2016, found that for the first time ever the majority of Americans only had wireless telephones. It also found that 3.3 per cent of Americans had neither a mobile phone nor a landline.

The NHIS has asked respondents to provide residential telephone numbers for follow-up ‘for many years. However, in 2003, it began asking additional questions to determine the use of landline telephones within households.

From July through December 2016, the CDC obtained household telephone status for 19,956 households that included at least one civilian adult or child across the US. These households included 36,828 civilian adults aged 18 and over, and 11,437 children under the age of 18.

It found that 72.7 per cent of 25-29 year olds and 71 per cent of 30-34 year olds lived in households with only mobile phones – a greater rate than the 61.7 per cent of 18-24 year olds, which may be surprising but a large number of them may still be living with parents. However, in general, the percentage of adults living with only mobile phones decreased with age.