WASHINGTON, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Monday, March 27th. A triumph of mobile computing was achieved on this date in 1961. A division of the Sperry Rand Corporation equipped a trailer truck to haul a UNIVAC I computer from New York City down to North Carolina to process data for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation. The UNIVAC I, fully assembled, weighed in at a nimble 7,237 pounds. In 2013, nearly 84 percent of America's 116 million households had computers. Even the country's seniors participate heavily. Nearly two-thirds of senior households have computers, and 58 percent access the Internet. In marked contrast to the unwieldy UNIVAC of 1961, 71 percent of Americans are using smartphones or other hand-held devices for true mobile computing. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2531
Computer timeline/accessed 1/10/2017: http://www.businesshistory.com/ind._computers.php
Household computers/pg. 3/table 1: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-28.pdf
Hand-held computing/pg. 6/table 2: https://www.census.gov/history/pdf/2013comp-internet.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau