UK internet usage at all time high of 85.1% in Q4 2012

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have just published their Internet Access Quarterly Update 2012 Q4 (pdf).

It shows internet usage by adults reaching a new high for the year of 85.1% (adults defined as 16 years old +). This is an increase of 0.4% in the quarter and 1.6% on quarter 4 of 2011.

The breakdown by nation (in alphabetical order!) is as follows:

  • England 88.7%
  • Northern Ireland 78.7%
  • Scotland 83.8%
  • Wales 81.7%

The ONS headlines is 7.42 million adults (15%) had never used the Internet. What we found as worrying was that 100k (0.2%) apparently didn’t know whether they’d ever used the internet!

Top 10 nationwide regions

  1. 90.3% Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire
  2. 89.9% Inner London
  3. 89.0% Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire
  4. 88.1% Surrey, East & West Sussex
  5. 88.1% Outer London
  6. 87.9% Devon
  7. 87.7% Leicestershire, Rutland & Northamptonshire
  8. 87.5% Hampshire & Isle of Wight
  9.  87.2% Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Bristol/Bath are (Hurrah!)
  10. 86.9% Eastern Scotland

Top region by country:

  1. England – 90.3% Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire
  2. Scotland – 86.9% Eastern Scotland
  3. Wales – 85.7% East Wales
  4. Northern Ireland – 73.7% Northern Ireland

We’ll leave you with a nice little graphic from the ONS

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