It’s probably no surprise that millions of Americans visited HealthCare.gov — the website where Americans can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. However, while it was among the most visited sites in February, there were six other federal and state websites with more traffic.
Government websites offer a variety of services and information. In addition to health insurance, Americans most often search for information about taxes on IRS.gov, health on NIH.gov and retirement benefits on SSA.gov.
Government websites also function as a portal to the various functions of government at the state level. A glance at the State of California’s website homepage offers links to state agencies, information for tourists and plenty of other links to pages that provide important information about the state. Three of the four most populous states, California, New York and Florida, also had among the 10 most visited websites.
The number of unique visitors to the top 10 government websites in February totaled slightly more than 82 million. To compare, each of the top five commercial websites draws more than 100 million visitors per month. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) draws more than 154 million visitors, and its YouTube site draws almost 105 million more visitors. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) and MSN/Windows Live/Bing draw about 119 million each. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) rounds out the top five most visited commercial websites with about 81.5 million unique visitors a month.
Nielsen reported the traffic data, including the number of unique visitors in February 2014, and the average time spent by each visitor.
These are the 10 most popular government websites.