Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stay Connected II: How We Compare to the Rest of Upstate New York

Yesterday I posted some internet related data for our two county region from the single year 2013 ACS estimates. Today, I turn to the Public Use Microdata (PUMs) to take a bit deeper look at our region as it compares to the rest of upstate New York.

For purposes here, two PUMAs (Public Use Microdata Areas - the geography underlying the PUMS data) cover 80% of the combined Herkimer- Oneida region. All but the southern most towns in both counties are included in this loosely defined geographical "region". That regional data was then compared to the rest of "Upstate New York" - namely all of the rest of New York except for the city of New York and Long Island. Because these are accessed on the basis of PUMAs, don't be disturbed if these numbers are slightly different from yesterday's - with different geographies come different statistics!

Below are several graphics showing how we compare regionally to the rest of Upstate New York. These are based on the single year ACS PUMs estimates for 2013.

To begin with, almost all of the upstate area, including our region, has some sort of telephone coverage, be it a landline at home, or cell service.

Many of us use mobile broadband services, especially for our "smart" phones. The percentage, however, may not be as large as you might think, and is less than the percentage of households in other parts of upstate New York.

In terms of subscribing to an internet service provider, our region slightly trails the rest of the upstate area.

When it comes to the type of subscription services we used for internet access, cable modem access dominates across the state, but especially in our region.


Some households, however, remain without internet access. Slightly more households in our region lack access than in the rest of the upstate NY area.

And when it comes to staying connected, we have all the typical computer related devices available: laptops, desktops, tablets and cell phones. Generally speaking, fewer households in our region own these devices than do the households in the rest of upstate New York.