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Internet Access

Key Facts Internet Access

Limited or no internet access at home can lead to severe economic fallout, from limiting one's ability to work remotely to hindering a small business's transition to online.

Limited or no internet access at home puts children in foreign-born households at risk of falling behind as schools hold classes online due to COVID-19.

2014 to 2018 Five-Year Estimates

In total, 10.1 percent of Northern Virginians report lacking wired internet access at home.  Either they are without any internet access (including no mobile) or they only have mobile access.  Immigrants are disproportionately affected.

Without Internet Access at Home

  • 4.0 percent of Northern Virginians report lacking access to the internet at home.

  • 6.1 percent of foreign born in Northern Virginia report lacking access to the internet at home, compared to 3.1 percent of U.S. born.

  • Of those without internet access at home, 42.7 percent were foreign born.  The total population of Northern Virginia is 27.6 percent foreign born.  This indicates that immigrants are disproportionately affected.

Only Mobile Access At Home

  • 6.1 percent of Northern Virginians report having only mobile access to the internet at home.

  • 7.7 percent of foreign born in Northern Virginia report lacking access to the internet at home, compared to 5.4 percent of U.S. born.