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FRIDAY, AUGUST 2: WWW ANNIVERSARYProfile America —
Friday, August 2nd.
One of the engines of business and personal life in the 21st century is just 22 years old this month — the World Wide Web. The concept was developed and released by two scientists at the Cern Laboratory in
Geneva, Switzerland. At 22, the Web is quite a bit younger than the U.S. median age of 37, but in its brief life has come to shape our days with searches, shopping and communication. It took some time to get going, though: In 1997, there were just a million sites on the global network. But by 2003, that number reached 3 billion. Over 70 percent of households in the U.S. have Internet access at home.
New Hampshire, at 81 percent, has the highest percentage of connected homes.
Mississippi, at just under 58 percent, has the lowest.
Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ResourcesForCourses/WebHistory.htmlU.S. Statistical Abstract of
the United States 2012, t. 1156U.S. Census Briefs, Age and Sex Composition: 2010
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau