Alameda County, CA

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Population

1.66M

0.94% growth

Median Age

37.6


Median Household Income

$96,296

7.02% growth

Poverty Rate

11.3%


Number of Employees

870,985

2.67% growth

Median Property Value

$781,000

9.45% growth

About

In 2017, Alameda County, CA had a population of 1.66M people with a median age of 37.6 and a median household income of $96,296. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Alameda County, CA grew from 1.65M to 1.66M, a 0.94% increase and its median household income grew from $89,979 to $96,296, a 7.02% increase.

The population of Alameda County, CA is 31.3% White Alone, 30% Asian Alone, and 22.5% Hispanic or Latino. 46.3% of the people in Alameda County, CA speak a non-English language, and 83.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Alameda County, CA are University of California-Berkeley (12,233 degrees awarded in 2016), California State University-East Bay (4,333 degrees), and Ohlone College (1,425 degrees).

The median property value in Alameda County, CA is $781,000, and the homeownership rate is 53.3%. Most people in Alameda County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Alameda County, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Alameda County, CA employs 871k people. The largest industries in Alameda County, CA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (129,238 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (110,532 people), and Manufacturing (93,299 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($98,914), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($97,158), and Information ($91,632).

Median household income in Alameda County, CA is $96,296. Males in Alameda County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in Alameda County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$96,296

2017 value

± $2,453

7.02%

1 Year Growth

± 3.1%

Households in Alameda County, CA have a median annual income of $96,296, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $89,979 in 2016, which represents a 7.02% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female 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

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 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 Alameda County, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California 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 4226

  2. Census Tract 4261

  3. Census Tract 4431.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alameda County, CA was Census Tract 4226 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 4261 and Census Tract 4431.03, with respective values of $216,771 and $207,460.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alameda County, CA (181k out of 1.6M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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. White

    62,524 ± 1,810

  2. Hispanic

    53,094 ± 1,617

  3. Asian

    41,068 ± 1,435

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Alameda County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

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

871k

2017 Value

± 15,329

2.67%

1 Year growth

± 2.35%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alameda County, CA grew at a rate of 2.67%, from 848k employees to 871k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alameda County, CA, are Management Occupations (106,501 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (91,161 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (73,957 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Alameda County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Alameda County, CA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (106,501 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (91,161 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (73,957 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alameda County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.46 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.35 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.94 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alameda County, CA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($111,249), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($108,141), and Legal Occupations ($102,450).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

871k

2017 Value

± 15,329

2.67%

1 Year growth

± 2.35%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alameda County, CA grew at a rate of 2.67%, from 848k employees to 871k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alameda County, CA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (129,238 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (110,532 people), and Manufacturing (93,299 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Alameda County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Alameda County, CA 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 Alameda County, CA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (129,238 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (110,532 people), and Manufacturing (93,299 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alameda County, CA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.99 times higher than expected), Information (1.6 times), and Manufacturing (1.11 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alameda County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($98,914), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($97,158), and Information ($91,632).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight ($157B) and Gasoline ($127B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California 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 California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

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

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Health

95.1% of the population of Alameda County, CA has health coverage, with 55.9% on employee plans, 17.8% on Medicaid, 9.2% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 0.558% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Alameda County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Alameda County, CA see 953 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (936 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1095 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 182 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

953 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alameda County, CA see an average of 953 patients per year. This represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (936 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alameda County, CA 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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

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

4.86%

Uninsured

55.9%

Employer Coverage

17.8%

Medicaid

9.2%

Medicare

11.6%

Non-Group

0.558%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alameda County, CA grew by 16% from 4.19% to 4.86%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Alameda County, CA 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. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

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

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Diversity

Alameda County, CA is home to a population of 1.66M people, from which 83.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 31.5% of Alameda County, CA residents were born outside of the country (524k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Alameda County, CA is composed of 521k White Alone residents (31.3%), 500k Asian Alone residents (30%), 374k Hispanic or Latino residents (22.5%), 170k Black or African American Alone residents (10.2%), 75.5k Two or More Races residents (4.54%), 12.5k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.749%), 6.16k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.37%), and 5.5k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.33%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Alameda County, CA are Spanish (256,710 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (146,188 speakers), and Tagalog (Incl. Filipino) (57,240 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Alameda County, CA was 37.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Alameda County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Alameda County, CA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

31.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

524k people

30.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

509k people

As of 2017, 31.5% of Alameda County, CA residents (524k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Alameda County, CA was 30.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 California residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

83.8%

2017 Citizenship

84.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 83.8% of Alameda County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Alameda County, CA was 84.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    521k ± 1.08k

  2. Asian Alone

    500k ± 5.87k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    374k ± 14.2k

In 2017, there were 1.04 times more White Alone residents (521k people) in Alameda County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 500k Asian Alone and 374k 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 Alameda County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    256,710 speakers (16.4%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    146,188 speakers (9.34%)

  3. Tagalog (Incl. Filipino)

    57,240 speakers (3.66%)

46.3% of Alameda County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Alameda County, CA was Spanish. 16.4% of the overall population of Alameda County, CA are native Spanish speakers. 9.34% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 3.66% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    18,020 ± 1,807

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,931 ± 1,562

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,223 ± 1,200

Alameda County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Alameda County, CA awarded 28,109 degrees. The student population of Alameda County, CA is skewed towards women, with 59,012 male students and 73,038 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Alameda County, CA are White (7,580 and 30.2%), followed by Asian (7,241 and 28.8%), Hispanic or Latino (4,687 and 18.7%), and Unknown (2,102 and 8.37%).

The largest universities in Alameda County, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Berkeley (12,233 and 43.5%), California State University-East Bay (4,333 and 15.4%), and Ohlone College (1,425 and 5.07%).

The most popular majors in Alameda County, CA are General Business Administration & Management (2,308 and 8.21%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,166 and 4.15%), and General Psychology (935 and 3.33%).

The median tuition costs in Alameda County, CA are $19,000 for private four year colleges, and $8,346 and $27,267 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,027 degrees awarded

  2. 666 degrees awarded

  3. 610 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Alameda County, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 1,027 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 12,233 degrees awarded

  2. 4,333 degrees awarded

  3. 1,425 degrees awarded

$8,346

Median In-State Public

$19,000

Median Private

In 2016, the Alameda County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Berkeley with 12,233 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

11,585

Degrees Awarded to Men

16,524

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 11,585 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Alameda County, CA, which is 0.701 times less than the 16,524 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

    7,580 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    7,241 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4,687 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Alameda County, CA were to White students. These 7,580 degrees mean that there were 1.05 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 7,241 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alameda County, CA was $781,000 in 2017, which is 3.59 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $713,600 to $781,000, a 9.45% increase. The homeownership rate in Alameda County, CA is 53.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Alameda County, CA have an average commute time of 32.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Alameda County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$96,296

Median Household Income

± $2,453

574k

Number of Households

± 11,082

In 2017, the median household income of the 574k households in Alameda County, CA grew to $96,296 from the previous year's value of $89,979.

The following chart displays the households in Alameda County, CA 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 $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$781,000

2017 Median

± $11,652

$713,600

2016 Median

± $10,202

In 2017, the median property value in Alameda County, CA grew to to $781,000 from the previous year's value of $713,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Alameda County, CA 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 Alameda County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Alameda County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alameda County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

53.3%

2017 Homeownership

52.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 53.3% of the housing units in Alameda County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 52.3%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

32.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alameda County, CA have a longer commute time (32.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.05% of the workforce in Alameda County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    60.3%

  2. Public Transit

    15.2%

  3. Carpooled

    10.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Alameda County, CA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Public Transit and those who Carpooled.

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