About the National Data


Baseline: 55.9 percent of adults aged 18 years and over reported having broadband access to the Internet in 2017

Target: 60.8 percent

Number of adults aged 18 years and over who report accessing the Internet using Broadband such as DSL, cable or FiOS.
Number of adults aged 18 years and over who have Internet access.
Target-setting method

Percentage point improvement

Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. This method was used because the Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts found a more conservative target appropriate due to challenges in access to broadband across all population groups. Significant disparities exist between rural communities and urban communities. The Healthy People 2020 objective was not comparable to the change in the 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) question used for this objective.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Retained, which includes core objectives that are continuing from HP2020 with no change in measurement.



Effect size h=0.1 was chosen to correspond with 10% improvement from a baseline of 50%.