Pulaski County, AR

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Population

392,680

0.324% decline

Median Age

37.9


Median Household Income

$49,613

5.41% decline

Poverty Rate

17.3%


Number of Employees

188,340

1.33% growth

Median Property Value

$164,700

5.37% growth

About

In 2018, Pulaski County, AR had a population of 393k people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $49,613. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Pulaski County, AR declined from 393,956 to 392,680, a -0.324% decrease and its median household income declined from $52,450 to $49,613, a -5.41% decrease.

The population of Pulaski County, AR is 51.9% White Alone, 36.9% Black or African American Alone, and 6.24% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Pulaski County, AR speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pulaski County, AR are University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2,433 degrees awarded in 2017), University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College (2,135 degrees), and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (930 degrees).

The median property value in Pulaski County, AR is $164,700, and the homeownership rate is 58.7%. Most people in Pulaski County, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Pulaski County, AR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Pulaski County, AR employs 188k people. The largest industries in Pulaski County, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,351 people), Retail Trade (19,699 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (16,484 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($88,283), Utilities ($65,271), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,792).

Median household income in Pulaski County, AR is $49,613. Males in Pulaski County, AR have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,929. The income inequality in Pulaski County, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,613

2018 value

± $1,770

-5.41%

1 Year Growth

± 7.03%

Households in Pulaski County, AR have a median annual income of $49,613, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,450 in 2017, which represents a -5.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,889

Average Male Salary

± $2,026

$41,929

Average Female Salary

± $1,387

In 2018, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $57,960 ± $13,282

  2. White

    $46,624 ± $1,347

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,940 ± $9,019

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pulaski County, AR is from Arkansas.

0.452

2018 Wage GINI

0.44

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.76% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arkansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 42.13

  2. Census Tract 42.19

  3. Census Tract 42.12

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pulaski County, AR was Census Tract 42.13 with a value of $179,000, followed by Census Tract 42.19 and Census Tract 42.12, with respective values of $109,254 and $105,959.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Pulaski County, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pulaski County, AR (67.1k out of 387k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    37,059 ± 1,667

  2. White

    24,533 ± 1,333

  3. Hispanic

    6,905 ± 668

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pulaski County, AR is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

188k

2018 Value

± 8,313

1.33%

1 Year growth

± 6.19%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Pulaski County, AR grew at a rate of 1.33%, from 186k employees to 188k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pulaski County, AR, are Sales & Related Occupations (21,151 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,809 people), and Management Occupations (18,528 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, AR, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (21,151 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,809 people), and Management Occupations (18,528 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pulaski County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.71 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.7 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.68 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, AR, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($77,585), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,658), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($68,423).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

188k

2018 Value

± 8,313

1.33%

1 Year growth

± 6.19%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Pulaski County, AR grew at a rate of 1.33%, from 186k employees to 188k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pulaski County, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,351 people), Retail Trade (19,699 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (16,484 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pulaski County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Pulaski County, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Pulaski County, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,351 people), Retail Trade (19,699 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (16,484 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pulaski County, AR has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.47 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.45 times), and Information (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pulaski County, AR, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($88,283), Utilities ($65,271), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,792).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $29.2B

  2. $19.1B

  3. $9.32B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $29.2B, followed by Meat/seafood ($19.1B) and Mixed freight ($9.32B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arkansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$166B

2020 Value

$228B

Projected 2045 Value

37.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Arkansas trade was $166B. This is expected to increase 37.4% to $228B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arkansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $14.7B

  2. $12.5B

  3. $8.78B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Mississippi with $14.7B, followed by Texas with $12.5B and Missouri and $8.78B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arkansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.6% of the population of Pulaski County, AR has health coverage, with 42.5% on employee plans, 21.6% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 2.66% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Pulaski County, AR was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, AR see 890 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.87% decrease from the previous year (907 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1385 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 261 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

890 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, AR see an average of 890 patients per year. This represents a 1.87% decrease from the previous year (907 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pulaski County, AR in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,408

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,906

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,108

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,479

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.44%

Uninsured

42.5%

Employer Coverage

21.6%

Medicaid

10.7%

Medicare

16%

Non-Group

2.66%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pulaski County, AR declined by 3.8% from 6.7% to 6.44%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pulaski County, AR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17.1% prevalence

  3. 16.6% prevalence

Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Pulaski County, AR is home to a population of 393k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.38% of Pulaski County, AR residents were born outside of the country (21.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Pulaski County, AR is composed of 204k White Alone residents (51.9%), 145k Black or African American Alone residents (36.9%), 24.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.24%), 8.72k Asian Alone residents (2.22%), 8.28k Two or More Races residents (2.11%), 1.48k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.376%), 667 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.17%), and 387 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0986%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Pulaski County, AR was 37.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Pulaski County, AR are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Pulaski County, AR residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.38%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.2k people

5.16%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.3k people

As of 2017, 5.38% of Pulaski County, AR residents (21.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pulaski County, AR was 5.16%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    58,937 ± 5,902 people

  2. El Salvador

    17,093 ± 3,201 people

  3. India

    7,121 ± 2,069 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 58,937 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 17,093 and India with 7,121.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2018 Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.8% of Pulaski County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Pulaski County, AR was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    204k ± 228

  2. Black or African American Alone

    145k ± 2.14k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    24.5k ± 4.07k

In 2018, there were 1.41 times more White Alone residents (204k people) in Pulaski County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 145k Black or African American Alone and 24.5k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Pulaski County, AR as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,750 ± 1,266

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,160 ± 1,508

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,496 ± 1,101

Pulaski County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Pulaski County, AR awarded 6,904 degrees. The student population of Pulaski County, AR is skewed towards women, with 9,047 male students and 15,538 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pulaski County, AR are White (3,700 and 55.7%), followed by Black or African American (2,184 and 32.9%), Hispanic or Latino (287 and 4.32%), and Two or More Races (218 and 3.28%).

The largest universities in Pulaski County, AR by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2,433 and 35.2%), University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College (2,135 and 30.9%), and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (930 and 13.5%).

The most popular majors in Pulaski County, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,164 and 16.9%), Registered Nursing (672 and 9.73%), and General Business Administration & Management (256 and 3.71%).

The median tuition costs in Pulaski County, AR are $10,282 for private four year colleges, and $6,518 and $16,533 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 133 degrees awarded

  2. 102 degrees awarded

  3. 314 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Pulaski County, AR was General Business Administration & Management with 133 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Pulaski County, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,433 degrees awarded

  2. 2,135 degrees awarded

  3. 930 degrees awarded

$6,518

Median In-State Public

$10,282

Median Private

In 2017, the Pulaski County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas at Little Rock with 2,433 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,224

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,680

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,224 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pulaski County, AR, which is 0.475 times less than the 4,680 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,700 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    2,184 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    287 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pulaski County, AR were to White students. These 3,700 degrees mean that there were 1.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,184 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pulaski County, AR was $164,700 in 2018, which is 0.717 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $156,300 to $164,700, a 5.37% increase. The homeownership rate in Pulaski County, AR is 58.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pulaski County, AR have an average commute time of 20.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pulaski County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$164,700

2018 Median

± $4,243

$156,300

2017 Median

± $5,326

In 2018, the median property value in Pulaski County, AR grew to to $164,700 from the previous year's value of $156,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pulaski County, AR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pulaski County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$49,613

Median Household Income

± $1,770

158k

Number of Households

± 6,969

In 2018, the median household income of the 158k households in Pulaski County, AR declined from $49,613 from the previous year's value of $52,450.

The following chart displays the households in Pulaski County, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Pulaski County, AR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pulaski County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

58.7%

2018 Homeownership

58.4%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 58.7% of the housing units in Pulaski County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Pulaski County, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pulaski County, AR have a shorter commute time (20.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.27% of the workforce in Pulaski County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.75%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.78%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Pulaski County, AR was Drove Alone (83.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.75%) and those who Worked At Home (3.78%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Pulaski County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pulaski County, AR have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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