Internet access has become a bellwether of wealth in the United States, a key for education and even a political issue for elected officials.
Nationwide, from 2013 to 2017, 77.1 percent of households had broadband internet access, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Lorain County, that number is slightly higher than the national percentage, sitting at 77.8 percent of households.
Only three cities in the county — Oberlin, Elyria and Lorain — fall below the national and county percentages. Grafton Township, Sheffield Township and Wellington and Wellington township also are below the national and county percentages.
Among the cities, Avon is the most-connected, with 92.4 percent of households. North Ridgeville is next at 88.7 percent, Sheffield Lake with 86.2 percent, Avon Lake with 84.5 percent and Amherst with 81.1 percent round out the top five.
Avon: 92.4 percent
North Ridgeville: 88.7 percent
Sheffield Lake 86.2 percent
Avon Lake 84.5 percent
Amherst: 81.1 percent
Vermilion: 80.3 percent
Oberlin: 76.7 percent
Elyria: 73.3 percent
Lorain: 65.0 percent
Sheffield village: 85.0 percent
Grafton village: 82.6 percent
Penfield: 90.4 percent
New Russia (including portion of South Amherst village): 86.0 percent
Columbia: 85.3 percent
Carlisle: 85.2 percent
Henrietta: 84.1 percent
Elyria Township: 82.2 percent
Brownhelm (including portion of city of Vermilion): 81.7 percent
Huntington: 80.6 percent
Eaton: 80.5 percent
Pittsfield: 80.5 percent
LaGrange (township and village): 80.3 percent
Brighton: 79.3 percent
Rochester (township and village): 77.8 percent
Camden (includes Kipton): 77.2 percent
Amherst (including portion of South Amherst) 76.6 percent
Grafton Township: 76.4 percent
Wellington (township and village): 72.6 percent
Sheffield: 64.6 percent