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Broadband access indicator of community health

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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.

Cities

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

Villages

Sheffield village: 85.0 percent

Grafton village: 82.6 percent

Townships

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

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