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Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The percentage of households that have access to the Internet, by race/ethnicity.

Why is this important?

Access to the Internet is crucial for households to communicate, search for jobs, complete schoolwork and participate in other important activities like banking, health care access and consumer research.

How is Westchester County performing?

In 2016-20, African Americans in Westchester County had the lowest percentage of households with Internet access at 85%, followed by Hispanic households at 90%. Asian households had the highest percentage at 96%. Westchester County's rate for African American households was on par with the state, while its rates for all other races and ethnicities were higher than state rates.

Compared with similar counties, Westchester had the lowest percentage of African American households with Internet access, followed by Rockland (91%), Nassau (92%), and Putnam (95%); and the second lowest rates among Hispanic, Asian and white households.

Among Westchester's main population centers, Hispanic and African American households in Yonkers had less access with 86% and 87% reporting Internet access respectively. This was lower than access rates in White Plains of 95% for Hispanic households and 89% for African American households, and in Greenburgh of 98% of Hispanic households and 94% of African American households.

Why do these disparities exist?

Income and education inequalities are the leading causes of the disparities in access to technology in general, including the internet. Additionally, broadband is not equally accessible among all households. In addition to barriers faced by rural households, there can be wide variation in in-home access between adjacent urban and suburban neighborhoods covered by the same telecommunications infrastructure. At least one study found lower digital access in neighborhoods that were redlined in the 1930s, where home loans were less available due to structural racism.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.

Households with Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity, 2016-20
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Westchester County96%85%90%93%
Nassau County98%92%93%94%
Putnam County99%95%95%95%
Rockland County95%91%89%79%
New York State92%85%87%89%
Mount Vernon78%*76%83%82%
New Rochelle94%88%92%92%
Peekskill96%**95%*81%85%
Rye City94%**96%***98%*97%
White Plains94%89%95%96%
Yonkers95%87%86%87%
Westchester County Towns
Bedford100%***100%***100%*94%
Cortlandt95%*95%*93%93%
Eastchester96%*90%***100%*93%
Greenburgh98%94%98%97%
Harrison94%*85%***98%*96%
Lewisboro99%**100%***95%**98%
Mamaroneck100%*93%***98%*97%
Mount Kisco98%***99%***96%*93%
Mount Pleasant96%95%**89%94%
New Castle100%*100%***100%**95%
North Castle100%**100%***93%*96%
North Salem100%***100%***100%**94%
Ossining95%*90%*89%93%
Pelham100%*100%**96%92%
Pound Ridge100%***76%***94%***100%
Rye95%*90%**92%94%
Scarsdale100%100%***99%**99%
Somers100%**100%***94%**96%
Yorktown99%*91%**92%94%
Westchester County Villages
Ardsley100%*100%***97%***94%
Briarcliff Manor93%**100%***100%**95%
Bronxville100%***100%***100%**96%
Buchanan100%***94%***98%***93%
Croton-on-Hudson90%**100%***90%*92%
Dobbs Ferry100%***91%***95%*97%
Elmsford100%**100%*100%*98%*
Village of Harrison94%*85%***98%*96%
Hastings-on-Hudson100%***100%***100%**95%
Irvington100%***100%***100%***98%
Larchmont100%***100%***100%***99%
Village of Mamaroneck100%*91%**97%*95%
Village of Mount Kisco98%***99%***96%*93%
Village of Ossining95%**88%*88%92%
Village of Pelham100%**100%**95%*92%
Pelham Manor100%***100%***100%*92%
Pleasantville100%***100%***66%***98%
Port Chester85%**89%**92%92%
Rye Brook100%**100%***99%*97%
Village of Scarsdale100%100%***99%**99%
Sleepy Hollow100%***89%***90%90%
Tarrytown100%**100%***100%*99%
Tuckahoe98%**78%***100%**90%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households with Internet Access, Race/Ethnicity, 2016-20
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Westchester County56,418116,442213,553544,345
Nassau County135,858141,945213,355834,593
Putnam County2,0102,83414,16277,756
Rockland County18,39834,40550,971176,381
New York State1,512,8592,431,1753,139,95710,538,625
Mount Vernon1,113*31,8829,75311,128
New Rochelle4,61813,62221,50538,298
Peekskill458**5,256*8,5707,939
Rye City926**271***1,450*12,696
White Plains4,1396,08417,37330,934
Yonkers11,96732,85768,33180,900
Westchester County Towns
Bedford928***310***3,557*12,361
Cortlandt1,135*3,090*7,11029,037
Eastchester3,140*512***2,334*24,854
Greenburgh9,13210,22113,86556,547
Harrison2,037*568***2,862*19,407
Lewisboro429**78***693**11,030
Mamaroneck1,643*925***4,439*22,887
Mount Kisco430***366***3,781*7,618
Mount Pleasant2,0341,396**7,32530,542
New Castle1,729*633***402**14,215
North Castle773**353***1,479*9,520
North Salem288***175***339**3,756
Ossining1,830*2,309*9,88121,010
Pelham803*1,111**1,4508,604
Pound Ridge142***68***263***4,597
Rye1,467*1,958**19,30927,844
Scarsdale2,872219***1,154**13,233
Somers561**320***1,938**17,795
Yorktown1,824*1,858**4,39027,593
Westchester County Villages
Ardsley577*162***261***3,014
Briarcliff Manor315**44***693**5,989
Bronxville415***10***488**5,185
Buchanan71***192***493***1,462
Croton-on-Hudson240**271***888*6,216
Dobbs Ferry558***358***1,278*7,758
Elmsford518**1,271*2,281*1,884*
Village of Harrison2,037*568***2,862*19,407
Hastings-on-Hudson270***58***544**6,544
Irvington479***106***528***5,167
Larchmont384***66***462***5,334
Village of Mamaroneck861*682**4,740*13,504
Village of Mount Kisco430***366***3,781*7,618
Village of Ossining1,255**1,928*8,65911,716
Village of Pelham508**709**983*4,431
Pelham Manor295***402***467*4,173
Pleasantville283***134***702***5,714
Port Chester405**1,456**16,63214,606
Rye Brook521**64***1,269*7,920
Village of Scarsdale2,872219***1,154**13,233
Sleepy Hollow151***377***4,4194,666
Tarrytown967**488***2,593*8,018
Tuckahoe817**203***756**4,137

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Single Female-Headed Households 0
Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0
Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 1
Increasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles -1
Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs -1
Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 1
Increasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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