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More Americans hang up on home land lines

  • Article by: Karen Kaplan
  • Los Angeles Times
  • July 8, 2014 - 8:44 PM

The number of Americans living in households without traditional land-line telephones continues to grow, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the second half of 2013, 41 percent of U.S. households relied solely on a wireless phone, researchers from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reported Tuesday. That’s up from 38.2 percent in the second half of 2012, 34 percent in the second half of 2011 and 29.7 percent in the second half of 2010.

These wireless-only households included 93 million adults and nearly 35 million children, according to the study. That works out to 39.1 percent of American adults and 47.1 percent of kids as of the second half of 2013.

Millions more Americans may be set to join them. The CDC report classified another 16.1 percent of U.S. households as being “wireless-mostly.” That means that although they have a land line, “all or almost all” of their calls are received on a wireless phone.

The researchers identified groups of Americans in which the majority had dropped their land lines.

Topping that list were adults who lived with unrelated adult roommates — 76.1 percent of them relied solely on a wireless phone. Next were adults between 25 and 29, a group in which 65.7 percent were wireless-only. They were followed closely by adults who live in rental homes — 61.7 percent had only a wireless phone, according to the report.

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