With 68 % of adult residents having Internet access, the Pacific Northwest stood out as the most wired region of the country, according to the Pew project, a private nonprofit effort to track how U.S. online usage is evolving. The Northwest was closely followed by New England, California and what the survey called the National Capital region (Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C.). The increasingly wired Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) also placed well above average, with 64 percent of its residents having online access.
By contrast, southern states ? Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia ? had the lowest overall access rate, at 48 percent. The Lower Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma), fared slightly better, at 55 percent, but still below a national average of 59 percent. Several Rust Belt (dubbed ?Industrial Midwest? by the survey) states ? Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio ? also trailed, as did the Southeast.