The growing trend of families getting rid of their household landline and shifting to wireless only phones as their primary means of communication has a surprising leader. Idaho ranks number one among all states with 52.3 percent of households across the nation.
According to a recent report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, Idaho is the only state where a majority of households have done so. Mississippi is second followed closely by Arkansas , Washington D.C. and Utah.
The states that are still connected the most to their land-line phones are mostly in the northeast including New York and New Jersey.
The trend is mostly among the young with 65.6 percent of adults ages 25-29 going wireless. Wireless is also a trend among adults living in poverty, among Hispanics and renters.
The data points to adoption of cell phones as the primary phone over land lines to save money.
According to a Pew Research Center article in December, 2013, “As fewer people use traditional landlines, phone companies have become more reluctant to maintain their traditional switched networks; the resulting degradation of call quality, in turn, can lead even more people to switch.”