Charting the Towns Where People Don't Have Internet Access at Home—And Why

In 2013, the Census Bureau 's American Community Survey did something it never had before: It asked Americans about the Internet.

Although the survey has quizzed respondents about computer use since the 1980s, the new line of questioning allowed researchers to delve deeper into the United States' relationship with the wired world, plotting who is and who isn't able to connect online. And since the survey's first shot at the question in 2013, one thing has become clear: Many Americans are being left behind.