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Internet Population Grows to 2.4 Billion People

Applied to a world population of 7.0 billion people, more than one third of the entire population is now accessing the Internet.

The lion's share of users resides in Asia (44.8 percent), followed by Europe (21.5 percent) and North America (11.4 percent). The highest penetration rates can still be found in North America (78.6 percent), Europe (63.2 percent) and the Middle east (40.2 percent). The lowest penetration is in Africa (15.6 percent).

For North America, 89.6 percent of Internet users live in the United States, but Greenland has the highest penetration rate: An estimated 52,000 people of a total population of 57,695 has Internet access (90.1 percent). The highest penetration rates can be found in Europe, specifically in Monaco (100.6 percent), Iceland (97.1 percent) and Norway (96.9 percent).

At least in theory about a quarter of all Internet residents own a web URL. Netcraft recently said that it identified 629,939,191 active sites in the beginning of January.

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  • wanderer11
    Monaco has 100.6% penetration rates?
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  • freggo
    Monaco (100.6 percent)

    Got to love THG's articles.
    The 0.6% in Monaco are prob. unborn children whose heart rate monitor has a Facebook page making them countable... :-)
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  • colaturka
    love it how people exactly comment about the thing I hope they would comment on
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  • applegetsmelaid
    Greenland huh? I always thought Apple users had the highest penetration rate ;-)
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  • the extra 0.6% is probably from visitors or tourists in Monaco. Use your brain before put in stupid comments
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  • steelbox
    abc77 read carefuly now that i made it easier to you "The lion's share of users resides in" and "For North America, 89.6 percent of Internet users live in". Do you know the meaning of live and reside? You can use you brain to comprehend things to you know.
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  • dozerman
    It's actually less than I would have guessed...
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  • sliem
    100.6%? How do they calculate penetration rate? Maybe the census is out of date.
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  • gm0n3y
    The US has an 89% internet usage rate? Who are those 11% of people not using the internet? Even my 90+ y/o grandparents use the internet regularly.

    I guess there are always homeless people, babies, the blind, mentally handicapped, people in comas, Amish, and hunter-gathering natives. Wait, how is it that Monaco has none of those people and an additional 0.6% population?
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  • anxiousinfusion
    sliem100.6%? How do they calculate penetration rate? Maybe the census is out of date.Tourists?
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