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NPR Report: Smart Speakers See 78% Increase year-on-year

PRESS RELEASE — January 7, 2019 · 2 minutes to read

Washington DC, USA—The latest survey from NPR and Edison Research, conducted after the December 2018 holidays, confirms continued increases in the U.S. voice-activated smart speaker market: 53M people A18+ in the U.S. (21% of the population) now own at least one smart speaker, and the total number of devices in homes has increased 78% year-over-year. This new data from The Smart Audio Report, a recurring study launched in 2017, was presented on Jan 7 during the CTA Research Summit at CES and is available now at

According to the nationally-representative telephone survey of 1,000+ persons 18+, the average smart speaker household now features 2.3 devices, up from an average 1.7 devices per household at this time last year.

Other key findings from The Smart Audio Report Winter 2018 ownership survey include:

"The growth in ownership, particularly the increase in devices per household, really speaks to the tremendous utility of voice assistant technology," said Tom Webster, Sr. VP at Edison Research. "While these devices initially served as audio appliances, they are now becoming integrated into the fabric of everyday life for tens of millions of Americans."

The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, which debuted in June 2017, is a recurring study on trends in smart speaker ownership and user behavior. A full archive of research from the Report is available at NPR is a default news source on all major smart speakers, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana-enabled devices.


Interviews conducted via telephone from December 26-30, 2018 among a sample of 1,002 respondents. The margin of error for total respondents is +/-3.7% at the 95% confidence level. Six-hundred interviews were obtained with respondents on their cell phones, and 33 interviews were completed in Spanish. Data are weighted to represent the U.S. population ages 18 and older.

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