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How Online Is Your State?

posted by Mark on December 9th, 2008

How Online Is Your State?The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has released its annual State New Economy Index, a ranking of “the extent to which the 50 state economies are structured according to the tenets of the New Economy.” Part of this ranking is what the ITIF calls “the digital economy,” a series of measurements of the states’ online conversion and readiness. The components of the rankings include:

  • Percentage of the population online (#1: Alaska)
  • Internet domain names registered (#1: Nevada)
  • Use of Internet and computers in schools (#1: South Dakota)
  • Use of Internet in delivering government services (#1: Michigan)
  • Use of Internet by farmers (#1: Washington)
  • Availability and adoption of broadband Internet access (#1: New Jersey)
  • Percentage of prescriptions routed electronically (#1: Massachusetts)

Overall, the top 10 states in the “digital economy” rankings were:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Nevada
  3. New Jersey
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Virginia
  6. Delaware
  7. Washington
  8. Maryland
  9. Connecticut
  10. Florida

Among other interesting findings, the study notes that the percentage of Americans online has increased from 46% in 2000 to 72% in 2007, meaning if you’re not online…how the heck are you reading this?

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