Stephenson County, IL

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Population

45,839

0.959% decline

Median Age

44.7


Median Household Income

$46,427

1.76% growth

Poverty Rate

16.1%


Number of Employees

21,253

1.76% decline

Median Property Value

$97,700

1.01% decline

About

In 2017, Stephenson County, IL had a population of 45.8k people with a median age of 44.7 and a median household income of $46,427. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Stephenson County, IL declined from 46,283 to 45,839, a -0.959% decrease and its median household income grew from $45,624 to $46,427, a 1.76% increase.

The population of Stephenson County, IL is 83.3% White Alone, 9.54% Black or African American Alone, and 3.64% Hispanic or Latino. 3.58% of the people in Stephenson County, IL speak a non-English language, and 99.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Stephenson County, IL are Highland Community College (767 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Stephenson County, IL is $97,700, and the homeownership rate is 69.1%. Most people in Stephenson County, IL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Stephenson County, IL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Stephenson County, IL employs 21.3k people. The largest industries in Stephenson County, IL are Manufacturing (4,152 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,476 people), and Retail Trade (2,288 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($57,596), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,634), and Transportation & Warehousing ($44,338).

Median household income in Stephenson County, IL is $46,427. Males in Stephenson County, IL have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,403. The income inequality in Stephenson County, IL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.483, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,427

2017 value

± $1,906

1.76%

1 Year Growth

± 5.57%

Households in Stephenson County, IL have a median annual income of $46,427, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,624 in 2016, which represents a 1.76% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$71,579

Average Male Salary

± $1,160

$52,403

Average Female Salary

± $852

In 2017, full-time male employees in Stephenson County, IL made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Stephenson County, IL 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

    $65,613 ± $3,132

  2. White

    $56,297 ± $776

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $46,947 ± $14,340

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Stephenson County, IL workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.17 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 Stephenson County, IL is from Illinois.

0.483

2017 Wage GINI

0.481

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.483 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.351% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Illinois 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 5

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 6

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Stephenson County, IL was Census Tract 5 with a value of $69,475, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 6, with respective values of $59,283 and $57,000.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Stephenson County, IL (7.25k out of 45k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    5,135 ± 450

  2. Black

    1,574 ± 258

  3. Two Or More

    483 ± 159

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Stephenson County, IL is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

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

21.3k

2017 Value

± 833

-1.76%

1 Year decline

± 5.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Stephenson County, IL declined at a rate of -1.76%, from 21.6k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Stephenson County, IL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,169 people), Production Occupations (2,696 people), and Management Occupations (1,918 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Stephenson County, IL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Stephenson County, IL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,169 people), Production Occupations (2,696 people), and Management Occupations (1,918 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Stephenson County, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.14 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.19 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Stephenson County, IL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,581), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($71,875), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($64,833).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.3k

2017 Value

± 833

-1.76%

1 Year decline

± 5.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Stephenson County, IL declined at a rate of -1.76%, from 21.6k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Stephenson County, IL, are Manufacturing (4,152 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,476 people), and Retail Trade (2,288 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Stephenson County, IL, though some of these residents may live in Stephenson County, IL 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 Stephenson County, IL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,152 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,476 people), and Retail Trade (2,288 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Stephenson County, IL has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.95 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.94 times), and Manufacturing (1.93 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Stephenson County, IL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($57,596), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,634), and Transportation & Warehousing ($44,338).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $76.6B

  2. $75B

  3. $66.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $76.6B, followed by Gasoline with $75B and Pharmaceuticals and $66.8B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$871B

2015 Value

$1.31T

Projected 2045 Value

50.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Illinois trade was $871B. This is expected to increase 50.5% to $1.31T by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.2B

  2. $48.1B

  3. $32.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $63.2B, followed by Wisconsin with $48.1B and Michigan and $32.6B.

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

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Health

94.2% of the population of Stephenson County, IL has health coverage, with 41.5% on employee plans, 22.2% on Medicaid, 16.3% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.86% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Stephenson County, IL was $8,262 in 2014. This is a 4.44% increase from the previous year ($7,911).

Primary care physicians in Stephenson County, IL see 2287 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.51% decrease from the previous year (2322 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 600 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.7%). Additionally, Stephenson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,287 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Stephenson County, IL see an average of 2,287 patients per year. This represents a 1.51% decrease from the previous year (2,322 patients).

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

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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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$8,262

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,875

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$4,959

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,116

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Illinois (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.44%, from $7,911 to $8,262.

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

5.78%

Uninsured

41.5%

Employer Coverage

22.2%

Medicaid

16.3%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.86%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Stephenson County, IL declined by 16.5% from 6.92% to 5.78%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Stephenson County, IL 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. 12.7% prevalence

  2. 12.7% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois, at 12.7%.

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

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Diversity

Stephenson County, IL is home to a population of 45.8k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.9% of Stephenson County, IL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Stephenson County, IL is composed of 38.2k White Alone residents (83.3%), 4.37k Black or African American Alone residents (9.54%), 1.67k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.64%), 1.15k Two or More Races residents (2.52%), 354 Asian Alone residents (0.772%), 56 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.122%), 41 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0894%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Stephenson County, IL are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,081 speakers), German (114 speakers), and Tagalog (96 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Stephenson County, IL was 44.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Stephenson County, IL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Stephenson County, IL residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.02%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.9% of Stephenson County, IL residents 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 Stephenson County, IL was 2.02%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    669,904 ± 19,564 people

  2. India

    147,732 ± 9,382 people

  3. Poland

    136,910 ± 9,036 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Stephenson County, IL was Mexico, the natal country of 669,904 Stephenson County, IL residents, followed by India with 147,732 and Poland with 136,910.

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Citizenship

99.1%

2017 Citizenship

99.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.1% of Stephenson County, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Stephenson County, IL was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    38.2k ± 50

  2. Black or African American Alone

    4.37k ± 270

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.67k ± 390

In 2017, there were 8.74 times more White Alone residents (38.2k people) in Stephenson County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.37k Black or African American Alone and 1.67k 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 Stephenson County, IL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,081 speakers (2.45%)

  2. German

    114 speakers (0.259%)

  3. Tagalog

    96 speakers (0.218%)

3.58% of Stephenson County, IL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Stephenson County, IL was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.45% of the overall population of Stephenson County, IL are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.259% speak German and 0.218% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,221 ± 175

  2. Korea

    428 ± 102

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    331 ± 107

Stephenson County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Stephenson County, IL awarded 767 degrees. The student population of Stephenson County, IL is skewed towards women, with 769 male students and 1,088 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Stephenson County, IL are White (637 and 83.1%), followed by Black or African American (61 and 7.95%), Hispanic or Latino (22 and 2.87%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (18 and 2.35%).

The largest universities in Stephenson County, IL by number of degrees awarded are Highland Community College (767 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Stephenson County, IL are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (154 and 20.1%), Biological & Physical Sciences (74 and 9.65%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (70 and 9.13%).

The median tuition costs in Stephenson County, IL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Stephenson County, IL was Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant with 154 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Stephenson County, IL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

767 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Stephenson County, IL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Highland Community College with 767 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

292

Degrees Awarded to Men

475

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 292 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Stephenson County, IL, which is 0.615 times less than the 475 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

    637 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    61 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    22 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Stephenson County, IL were to White students. These 637 degrees mean that there were 10.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 61 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Stephenson County, IL was $97,700 in 2017, which is 0.449 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $98,700 to $97,700, a 1.01% decrease. The homeownership rate in Stephenson County, IL is 69.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Stephenson County, IL have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Stephenson County, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$46,427

Median Household Income

± $1,906

19.6k

Number of Households

± 782

In 2017, the median household income of the 19.6k households in Stephenson County, IL grew to $46,427 from the previous year's value of $45,624.

The following chart displays the households in Stephenson County, IL 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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Housing

Property Value

$97,700

2017 Median

± $2,477

$98,700

2016 Median

± $2,506

In 2017, the median property value in Stephenson County, IL declined from to $97,700 from the previous year's value of $98,700.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.1%

2017 Homeownership

69.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.1% of the housing units in Stephenson County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Stephenson County, IL 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 Stephenson County, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Stephenson County, IL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Stephenson County, IL have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.05% of the workforce in Stephenson County, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.8%

  2. Carpooled

    11%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.05%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Stephenson County, IL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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