Profile America: Silver Anniversary 

Saturday, August 6 — One of the engines of business and personal life in the 21st century is just 25 years old today — the World Wide Web. The 1991 development of global internet access and linking was announced by two innovators at the Cern Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.  At 25, the Web is quite a bit younger than the U.S. median age of 37.6, but in its brief life has come to shape our daily lives. It took some time to get going, though: In 1994, there were just over 2,700 sites on the Web, and it reached 1 million in 1997.  Now it exceeds 1 billion. Nearly 75 percent of the 116 million households in the U.S. have Internet access at home.   

Source: The American Community Survey.

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