Smartphone ownership statistic

Smartphone Ownership Statistic
in the US

Alex Anderson – April 25, 2019

Source: pewinternet.org

Mobile ownership statistics are constantly growing and they’re shocking. Do you know how many phones are out there? In this post, find the latest 2019 statistics.

  • Ever since the cellphones have been introduced, we've seen an increase in their use.

  • However, it wasn't until 2011 when the use of cellphones increased in the era of smartphone invention.

  • In 2004, about 80% of population owned cellphones. Smartphones make 73% of that.

Even though smartphones are starting to dominate the market, the main three groups of owners are still separated into three main groups which are:

  • Smartphone owners
  • Cellphone owners
  • Other (didn’t own smartphone or own other kinds of devices)

Now when we have the three main groups, we can have a look at demographics more accurately.

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94%

of adolescent own smartphones

25% 

people earning under 30,000$ a year do not use smartphones

57%

students under high school graduate are smartphone owner

26% 

of residents in rural area are still in smartphone disconnection

Age

Gender

  • Smartphones are dominating 100% between the age group of 18 to 29, while older generations of age 65+ solely rely on cellphones or even other types of devices.

  • The age group of 30 to 49 is still adjusting to smartphones, while the age group of 50 to 64 isn't still adapting to smartphones, but quite less than younger generations.

  • Looking at the gender, it's clear that it doesn't play a huge role in the demographics of mobile phone users.

  • Men are led by 1% over female gender, but men would reach out for cellphones faster than females.

  • On the other hand, females would rather rely on other types of cellphones instead.

Race

Income

  • Race demographics show us that black people are leading the percentage of smartphone users, while Hispanic and white follow.

  • However, the use of cellphones rather than smartphones is almost equal between the three race.

  • Judging by the income, demographics show that people with less than $30,000 USD are more likely to rely on cellphones than people who make $30,000 USD.

  • But with the trend changing, we are sure to say that people who make less money are still quite close in percentage to people who make more than $30,000 a year.

Education

Community

  • Demographics clearly show that college graduates use smartphones the most since most colleges require the use of smartphones during schooling.

  • Rural communities use smartphones the less, while urban communities use smartphones the most. However, rural communities aren't lacking behind by a lot, yet only 5%.

  • Demographics clearly show that roughly three-quarters of American go online at least daily, and no matter how much you like or dislike the fact, 77% of American rely on smartphones daily.

  • Where 26% of Americans are almost constantly using the smartphone.

  • Right now, one in five Americans uses a smartphone only for internet, while which was one in ten not that long ago (in 2013).

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35% 

Hispanic people admitted to use smartphone intensely 

9% 

of the wealthy is dependent on smartphones only

39%

students who are under high school are smartphone addicted

10%

of the 64+, interestingly, are smartphone dependent

Age

Gender

  • Americans aged between 18 and 29 make almost 50% of smartphone users who are dependent on them.

  • It's their primary choice while the age group of 50 to 65+ is the least dependent on smartphones.

  • However, this wasn't a constant growth, yet there was a small drop in 2016.

  • Both male and female genders are smartphone dependent and their dependency increased by 20% over the course of the last 5 years.

  • Both genders are pretty close and similar when it comes to the percentage.

Race

Income

  • Even though there is no visible difference in genders, there is quite a difference in the race.

  • The white race is the least dependent on the smartphone while the Hispanic race is leading with the black race being somewhere in the middle.

  • The most surprising part of the demographics is the income percentage of smartphone dependent users.

  • People who make less than $30,000 USD a year depend on the smartphone the most, while the richest people are the least dependent on the smartphone.

Education

Community

  • Another surprise in demographics is that the more educated population is the least dependent on the smartphone while people who are less than a high school graduate are the most dependent education group.

  • 5 years ago, the suburban population was the least dependent on the smartphones, but nowadays (5 years later), urban reached 22% higher even though it was equal to rural community.

  • When compared, the United States is a leading country when it comes to smartphone connection.

  • Disconnection percentage is about 19% which is a huge difference between India where the smartphone disconnection is 75%.

  • When you consider that the USA is a modern and economic development, the demographics show themselves to be completely accurate.

  • Even though smartphones are dominating, we can still see the huge use of cellphones and other devices. Desktop and laptops had a marginal decrease over the last few years, but they're still dominant.

  • E-readers were a great and popular device for a few years before they were outrun by a number of smart tablets, which is reasonable since they increased the functionality.

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