Whitfield County, GA

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Population

103,963

0.299% growth

Poverty Rate

19.2%


Median Age

35.4


Median Household Income

$43,871

5.05% growth

Number of Employees

46,465

1.95% growth

Median Property Value

$124,300

3.41% growth

About

In 2017, Whitfield County, GA had a population of 104k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $43,871. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Whitfield County, GA grew from 103,653 to 103,963, a 0.299% increase and its median household income grew from $41,764 to $43,871, a 5.05% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Whitfield County, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (59.5%), White (Hispanic) (28.9%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (4.16%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.86%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.37%). N/A% of the people in Whitfield County, GA speak a non-English language, and 85.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whitfield County, GA are Dalton State College (843 degrees awarded in 2017), Georgia Beauty Academy (58 degrees), and Dalton Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology (36 degrees).

The median property value in Whitfield County, GA is $124,300, and the homeownership rate is 61.7%. Most people in Whitfield County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Whitfield County, GA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Whitfield County, GA employs 46.5k people. The largest industries in Whitfield County, GA are Manufacturing (18,260 people), Retail Trade (4,782 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,132 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($95,060), Utilities ($41,831), and Finance & Insurance ($39,980).

Median household income in Whitfield County, GA is $43,871. Males in Whitfield County, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Whitfield County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,871

2017 value

± $2,436

5.05%

1 Year Growth

± 6.87%

Households in Whitfield County, GA have a median annual income of $43,871, 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 $41,764 in 2016, which represents a 5.05% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia 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

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 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 Whitfield County, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia 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 9

  2. Census Tract 14

  3. Census Tract 1.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Whitfield County, GA was Census Tract 9 with a value of $63,229, followed by Census Tract 14 and Census Tract 1.02, with respective values of $55,813 and $54,701.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Whitfield County, GA (19.7k out of 103k 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 6 - 11 and then Males 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. White

    15,393 ± 987

  2. Hispanic

    9,509 ± 777

  3. Black

    1,389 ± 269

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

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

46.5k

2017 Value

± 1,657

1.95%

1 Year growth

± 5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whitfield County, GA grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 45.6k employees to 46.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Whitfield County, GA, are Production Occupations (10,760 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,597 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,802 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Whitfield County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Whitfield County, GA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (10,760 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,597 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,802 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitfield County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.99 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.8 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.23 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Whitfield County, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($95,850), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,404), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,495).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

46.5k

2017 Value

± 1,657

1.95%

1 Year growth

± 5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whitfield County, GA grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 45.6k employees to 46.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Whitfield County, GA, are Manufacturing (18,260 people), Retail Trade (4,782 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,132 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Whitfield County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Whitfield County, GA 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 Whitfield County, GA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (18,260 people), Retail Trade (4,782 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,132 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitfield County, GA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (3.88 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.48 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.13 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Whitfield County, GA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($95,060), Utilities ($41,831), and Finance & Insurance ($39,980).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $51.8B

  2. $36.9B

  3. $35.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $51.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.9B) and Electronics ($35.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$465B

2020 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Georgia trade was $465B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $628B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $42.1B

  2. $27.8B

  3. $22.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $42.1B, followed by South Carolina with $27.8B and North Carolina and $22.2B.

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

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Health

80.3% of the population of Whitfield County, GA has health coverage, with 42.9% on employee plans, 17.7% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 7.94% on non-group plans, and 0.924% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Whitfield County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Whitfield County, GA see 1708 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1726 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2490 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1089 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,708 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Whitfield County, GA see an average of 1,708 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,726 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Whitfield County, GA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

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

19.7%

Uninsured

42.9%

Employer Coverage

17.7%

Medicaid

10.9%

Medicare

7.94%

Non-Group

0.924%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Whitfield County, GA declined by 6.44% from 21% to 19.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Whitfield County, GA 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. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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

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Diversity

Whitfield County, GA is home to a population of 104k people, from which 85.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.8% of Whitfield County, GA residents were born outside of the country (19.5k people).

In 2017, there were 2.06 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (61.9k people) in Whitfield County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.1k White (Hispanic) and 4.33k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Whitfield County, GA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Whitfield County, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Whitfield County, GA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.5k people

18.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

19k people

As of 2017, 18.8% of Whitfield County, GA residents (19.5k 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 Whitfield County, GA was 18.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Georgia residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

85.7%

2017 Citizenship

86.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 85.7% of Whitfield County, GA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Whitfield County, GA was 86.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Whitfield County, GA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    61.9k ± 46

  2. White (Hispanic)

    30.1k ± 1.22k

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    4.33k ± 1.11k

In 2017, there were 2.06 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (61.9k people) in Whitfield County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.1k White (Hispanic) and 4.33k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Whitfield County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,701 ± 222

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    534 ± 194

  3. Korea

    416 ± 138

Whitfield County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Whitfield County, GA awarded 937 degrees. The student population of Whitfield County, GA is skewed towards women, with 2,096 male students and 3,199 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Whitfield County, GA are White (658 and 71.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (164 and 17.9%), Black or African American (38 and 4.15%), and Unknown (29 and 3.17%).

The largest universities in Whitfield County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Dalton State College (843 and 90%), Georgia Beauty Academy (58 and 6.19%), and Dalton Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology (36 and 3.84%).

The most popular majors in Whitfield County, GA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (221 and 23.6%), Registered Nursing (109 and 11.6%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (61 and 6.51%).

The median tuition costs in Whitfield County, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,126 and $11,548 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 61 degrees awarded

  2. 48 degrees awarded

  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Whitfield County, GA was Early Childhood Education & Teaching with 61 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 843 degrees awarded

  2. 58 degrees awarded

  3. 36 degrees awarded

$3,126

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Whitfield County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Dalton State College with 843 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

293

Degrees Awarded to Men

644

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 293 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Whitfield County, GA, which is 0.455 times less than the 644 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

    658 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    164 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    38 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Whitfield County, GA were to White students. These 658 degrees mean that there were 4.01 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 164 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whitfield County, GA was $124,300 in 2017, which is 0.541 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $120,200 to $124,300, a 3.41% increase. The homeownership rate in Whitfield County, GA is 61.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Whitfield County, GA have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Whitfield County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$124,300

2017 Median

± $5,031

$120,200

2016 Median

± $3,778

In 2017, the median property value in Whitfield County, GA grew to to $124,300 from the previous year's value of $120,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Whitfield County, GA 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 Whitfield County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$43,871

Median Household Income

± $2,436

35.4k

Number of Households

± 1,421

In 2017, the median household income of the 35.4k households in Whitfield County, GA grew to $43,871 from the previous year's value of $41,764.

The following chart displays the households in Whitfield County, GA 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61.7%

2017 Homeownership

63.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.7% of the housing units in Whitfield County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.3%.

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

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Commute Time

20.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Whitfield County, GA have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.659% of the workforce in Whitfield County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.7%

  2. Carpooled

    10.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Whitfield County, GA was Drove Alone (84.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.8%) and those who Worked At Home (1.71%).

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 Whitfield County, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Whitfield County, GA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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