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How many Americans own a computer?

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Approximately 84 percent of Americans owned computers in 2013, including desktops, laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablets, handheld computers, smartphones and other hand held devices, according to the 2013 American Community Survey. A total of 92 percent of households in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area owned a computer, which was the highest of any other area, according to the survey. The U.S. Census Bureau relies solely on this survey's data to determine small area estimates for social and demographic characteristics.

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A total of 72 percent of Latinos in U.S. households owned a computer in 2012, according to the 2012 Pew Hispanic Center National Survey of Latinos. By comparison, whites represented 83 percent of computer owners and African-Americans represented 70 percent of computer owners for the same year, according to the 2012 Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Biennial Media Consumption Survey and the 2012 Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project Health Tracking Survey.

More than 50 percent of U.S. households owned a tablet computer in 2014, and in households with children, the number climbed to 70 percent tablet ownership, according to the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Mobile Media News Consumption survey.

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