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Geography of the Internet


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Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 09:10:35 -0800
From: Matthew Zook <>

Hello All:

I wanted to pass on some data on the geography of the Internet. Based on bi-annual surveys of the registration address of domain names, i.e or, I've been tracking how the Internet and E-commerce has developed. Although domain registration is dispersing, the US remains the primary center and urban areas around the world contain most of the Internet domain names. I've put some of this data (at the global and US state level) on my webpage. See for more details on the methodology of this survey, some of the data and my analysis of it so far.

Any comments/critiques are welcome.

Matthew Zook



As of January 2000 there were 10,008,475 com, org, net and edu domains registered worldwide. There are another 3,344,305 country code TLDs (.uk or .de) domains registered as well. That's about 2.2 Intenet domains per 1000 people worldwide. In the US, the figure is 25.2 domains per 1000 people.


Combined (com, org, net, edu and country code TLDs) there are 13.35 million domains. They are distributed as follows...

The US has 50.0 percent

California has 11.5 percent

Los Angeles (CMSA) has 5.6 percent

San Francisco (CMSA) has 3.9 percent

New York State has 4.3 percent

New York (CMSA includes NJ and CT) has 5.9 percent

Germany has 8.6 percent

The UK has 8.5 percent

Limiting it to just com, org, net and edu domains you have the following distribution

The US has 66.7 percent

California has 15.3 percent

Los Angeles (CMSA) has 7.5 percent

San Francisco (CMSA) has 5.2 percent

New York State has 5.8 percent

New York (CMSA includes NJ and CT) has 7.9 percent

Germany has 2.5 percent

The UK has 3.8 percent

The top five metropolitan concentrations of domain names New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Washington DC contain 17.5 percent of all domain names.


San Francisco, CA CMSA 1,719

Provo, UT 1,648

Los Angeles, CA CMSA 1,246

San Diego, CA 1,226

Las Vegas, NV 1,195




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