A growing number of Idahoans are living in cellphone-only households. A study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 31.5 percent of Idaho adults live without landline phones, higher than the national average of 27 percent. Idaho is the fifth highest rated state in the nation following Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and North Dakota.
According to Stephen Blumberg, senior CDC scientist and the author of the study, lower-income people are likelier to only have a cellphone. The study says younger people and renters are also among the quickest to shed traditional landlines and use only wireless phones.
Idaho's wireless-only household rate has jumped from 19.6 percent in 2007 to the latest rate of 31.5 percent, measured from July 2009 through June 2010.