Tables I4(ab):
The Growing Digital Divides by Income and Education: 19971998
Personal Computers
Table I4(a)
Digital Divide by Income*
1997 Divide (Compared to $75,000+) 
1998 Divide (Compared to $75,000+) 
Change from 19971998 (1998 Divide1997 Divide) 
% Change from 19971998 

Under $5,000 
59.4 
64 
2 
7.7% 
5,0009,999 
66 
67.6 
4.6 
2.4% 
10,00014,999 
63 
64 
5.5 
1.6% 
15,00019,999 
58.5 
58.7 
5.8 
0.3% 
20,00024,999 
52.9 
54.2 
10 
2.5% 
25,00034,999 
44.2 
44.1 
13.8 
0.2% 
35,00049,999 
30.3 
29.7 
14.4 
2.0% 
50,00074,999 
15.3 
13.6 
1.7 
11.1% 
*Table I4(a) examines the changing digital divide with regard to income for computer ownership. The "1997 divide" and "1998 divide" are the difference between the PC penetration rate for a given income bracket and the PC penetration rate for the $75,000+ bracket (the standard used here) for both years. The "Change from 19971998" represents the change in the gaps between the two years, and is also represented as a percentage increase or decrease from 1997.
Table I4(b)
Digital Divide by Education*
1997 Divide (Compared to B.A. or more) 
1998 Divide (Compared to B.A. or more) 
Change from 19971998 (1998 Divide1997 Divide) 
% Change from 19971998 

Elementary: 08 years 
56.4 
60.8 
4.4 
7.8% 
Some H.S.: no Diploma 
52.3 
53 
0.7 
1.3% 
H.S. Diploma/GED 
37.5 
37.5 
0 
0.0% 
Some College 
19.8 
19.4 
0.4 
2.0% 
*Table I4(b) examines the changing digital divide with regard to education for computer ownership. The "1997 divide" and "1998 divide" are the difference between the PC penetration rate for a given education level and the PC penetration rate for those with bachelors degrees or higher (the standard used here) for both years. The "Change from 19971998" represents the change in the gaps between the two years, and is also represented as a percentage increase or decrease from 1997.