Atlanta, LA, D.C. - Fastest Growing Top Wired Cities
On the other end of the spectrum, San Francisco increased its Internet audience by a mere 1% to nearly 3.1 million Web users, which parallels the latest U.S. Census estimates that show San Francisco losing 2% of its population between April 2000 and July 2002.
"With respect to depressed economic conditions in the last couple of years, the slowed growth in tech-heavy cities, such as San Francisco, should come as no surprise," said Greg Bloom, senior Internet analyst, Nielsen//NetRatings.
Year over year, Atlanta grew 19%, claiming the fastest growing title amongst the largest online populated cities with more than 2.1 million surfers. Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. followed closely rising 14% since June 2002. In comparison, the number of Web users in the U.S. grew 7% during the past year.
Online usage for the top three fastest growing cities outpaced overall population growth. According to recent U.S. Census population estimates, the general population in the city of Atlanta was estimated to have grown more than 2% between April 2000 and July 2002. Los Angeles's population estimate rose nearly 3%, while Washington, D.C.'s remained stable during this period.