46% of Americans own smartphones, which is substantially more than at this time last year.
Chart of the week: Smartphone ownership within demographic groups, 2011-2012
46% of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May.
Nearly every major demographic group—men and women, younger and middle-aged adults, urban and rural residents, the wealthy and the less well-off—experienced a notable uptick in smartphone penetration over the last year. Check the chart to see the change within each demographic group …