North Dakota tops list of states abandoning land line telephones

FARGO – More than half of Americans, 51.7 percent, no longer regularly use a landline telephone in their homes, a recent National Health Interview Survey by the CDC shows.

North Dakota’s switchover to cellphones has been strong, states the CDC report that measured phone use in states from 2010-11.

About 41.6 percent of North Dakotans are strictly cellphone users in their homes. Only Idaho at 44.6 percent, Arkansas 42.4 at percent and Mississippi at 42.3 percent posted higher cell-only usage, stated the CDC’s National Health Statistics Report.

Meanwhile, 32.3 percent of Minnesotans were strictly cellphone users in their household.

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