05/14/2007 10:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NCHS: 12.8% of Households Wireless Only

The National
Center for Health
Statistics (NCHS) today released another of its regular updates on the ever
growing number of Americans living in households without
landline telephones
(hat tip to alert reader BS):

During the last 6 months of 2006, more than 3 out of every
20 American homes (15.8%) did not have a landline telephone. Of those homes
without a landline telephone, most had at least one working wireless telephone.
Preliminary results from NHIS suggest that more than one out of every eight
American homes (at least 12.8%) had only wireless telephones during the second
half of 2006. These are the most up-to-date estimates available from the
federal government concerning the size of this population.

The ongoing NCHS survey, which involves roughly 13,000 interviews
every six months, conducts its interviews in person. Thus, it potentially
reaches all Americans, regardless of phone service. As the following chart
shows, the upward trend in wireless only households shows no signs of slowing:


For thoughts on what this trend may mean for the telephone
surveys we all obsess over, see my previous commentary here and here.