Ocean County, NJ

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Population

597,943

0.919% growth

Median Age

42.7


Median Household Income

$71,081

14.2% growth

Poverty Rate

10.9%


Number of Employees

262,794

4.83% growth

Median Property Value

$279,600

2.46% growth

About

In 2017, Ocean County, NJ had a population of 598k people with a median age of 42.7 and a median household income of $71,081. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ocean County, NJ grew from 592,497 to 597,943, a 0.919% increase and its median household income grew from $62,222 to $71,081, a 14.2% increase.

The population of Ocean County, NJ is 84.4% White Alone, 9.36% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.86% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Ocean County, NJ speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ocean County, NJ are Ocean County College (1,662 degrees awarded in 2016), Beth Medrash Govoha (1,150 degrees), and Georgian Court University (547 degrees).

The median property value in Ocean County, NJ is $279,600, and the homeownership rate is 80%. Most people in Ocean County, NJ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Ocean County, NJ is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Ocean County, NJ employs 263k people. The largest industries in Ocean County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,383 people), Retail Trade (36,254 people), and Educational Services (31,065 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($70,414), Information ($69,694), and Utilities ($66,848).

Median household income in Ocean County, NJ is $71,081. Males in Ocean County, NJ have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,638. The income inequality in Ocean County, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$71,081

2017 value

± $2,643

14.2%

1 Year Growth

± 3.99%

Households in Ocean County, NJ have a median annual income of $71,081, 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 $62,222 in 2016, which represents a 14.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$86,424

Average Male Salary

± $1,628

$62,638

Average Female Salary

± $1,187

In 2017, full-time male employees in New Jersey made 1.38 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

    $82,096 ± $2,933

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $70,592 ± $66,407

  3. White

    $69,144 ± $1,183

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Jersey workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ocean County, NJ is from New Jersey.

0.493

2017 Wage GINI

0.49

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.562% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in New Jersey 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 7223

  2. Census Tract 7120

  3. Census Tract 7173

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ocean County, NJ was Census Tract 7223 with a value of $120,524, followed by Census Tract 7120 and Census Tract 7173, with respective values of $113,750 and $111,220.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ocean County, NJ (63.2k out of 582k 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 < 5, followed by Males < 5 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

    55,736 ± 1,688

  2. Hispanic

    8,843 ± 785

  3. Black

    3,295 ± 492

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ocean County, NJ 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

263k

2017 Value

± 8,289

4.83%

1 Year growth

± 4.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ocean County, NJ grew at a rate of 4.83%, from 251k employees to 263k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ocean County, NJ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (34,741 people), Sales & Related Occupations (33,580 people), and Management Occupations (25,144 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (34,741 people), Sales & Related Occupations (33,580 people), and Management Occupations (25,144 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ocean County, NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.13 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.41 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($77,469), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($76,869), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,549).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

263k

2017 Value

± 8,289

4.83%

1 Year growth

± 4.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ocean County, NJ grew at a rate of 4.83%, from 251k employees to 263k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ocean County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,383 people), Retail Trade (36,254 people), and Educational Services (31,065 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ocean County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Ocean County, NJ 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 Ocean County, NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,383 people), Retail Trade (36,254 people), and Educational Services (31,065 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ocean County, NJ has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.04 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.31 times), and Educational Services (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ocean County, NJ, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($70,414), Information ($69,694), and Utilities ($66,848).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $36.5B

  3. $35.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $48.1B, followed by Electronics ($36.5B) and Motorized vehicles ($35.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$467B

2015 Value

$734B

Projected 2045 Value

57.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Jersey trade was $467B. This is expected to increase 57.1% to $734B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $70.5B

  2. $48.9B

  3. $16.6B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $70.5B, followed by Pennsylvania with $48.9B and California and $16.6B.

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

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Health

94.2% of the population of Ocean County, NJ has health coverage, with 46.4% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 17.6% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 0.693% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ocean County, NJ was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in Ocean County, NJ see 2230 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.21% increase from the previous year (2140 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1597 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 765 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.1%). Additionally, Cumberland County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,230 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ocean County, NJ see an average of 2,230 patients per year. This represents a 4.21% increase from the previous year (2,140 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ocean County, NJ 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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$8,859

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,081

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,049

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,614

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

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

5.84%

Uninsured

46.4%

Employer Coverage

16.9%

Medicaid

17.6%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

0.693%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ocean County, NJ grew by 5.59% from 5.53% to 5.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ocean County, NJ 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. 12.1% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 12.1%.

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

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Diversity

Ocean County, NJ is home to a population of 598k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.91% of Ocean County, NJ residents were born outside of the country (47.3k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ocean County, NJ is composed of 505k White Alone residents (84.4%), 56k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.36%), 17.1k Black or African American Alone residents (2.86%), 12k Asian Alone residents (2%), 7.19k Two or More Races residents (1.2%), 877 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.147%), 170 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0284%), and 112 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0187%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ocean County, NJ are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ocean County, NJ was 42.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Ocean County, NJ are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Ocean County, NJ residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

47.3k people

7.88%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

46.7k people

As of 2017, 7.91% of Ocean County, NJ residents (47.3k 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 Ocean County, NJ was 7.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    283,401 ± 12,863 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    186,056 ± 10,480 people

  3. Mexico

    122,971 ± 8,550 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Jersey was India, the natal country of 283,401 New Jersey residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 186,056 and Mexico with 122,971.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Ocean County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ocean County, NJ was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    505k ± 614

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    56k ± 7.38k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    17.1k ± 1.58k

In 2017, there were 9.02 times more White Alone residents (505k people) in Ocean County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 56k Hispanic or Latino and 17.1k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Ocean County, NJ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Ocean County, NJ was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ocean County, NJ are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    15,424 ± 1,545

  2. Korea

    4,938 ± 975

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,606 ± 785

Ocean County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ocean County, NJ awarded 4,277 degrees. The student population of Ocean County, NJ is skewed towards men, with 11,705 male students and 7,247 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ocean County, NJ are White (3,470 and 82%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (294 and 6.95%), Black or African American (222 and 5.25%), and Unknown (131 and 3.1%).

The largest universities in Ocean County, NJ by number of degrees awarded are Ocean County College (1,662 and 38.9%), Beth Medrash Govoha (1,150 and 26.9%), and Georgian Court University (547 and 12.8%).

The most popular majors in Ocean County, NJ are Talmudic Studies (1,180 and 27.6%), General Studies (682 and 15.9%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (537 and 12.6%).

The median tuition costs in Ocean County, NJ are $11,000 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

Most Common

  1. 682 degrees awarded

  2. 537 degrees awarded

  3. 144 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Ocean County, NJ was General Studies with 682 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Ocean County, NJ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,662 degrees awarded

  2. 1,150 degrees awarded

  3. 547 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$11,000

Median Private

In 2016, the Ocean County, NJ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ocean County College with 1,662 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,187

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,090

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,187 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ocean County, NJ, which is 1.05 times more than the 2,090 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

    3,470 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    294 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    222 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ocean County, NJ were to White students. These 3,470 degrees mean that there were 11.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 294 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ocean County, NJ was $279,600 in 2017, which is 1.28 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $272,900 to $279,600, a 2.46% increase. The homeownership rate in Ocean County, NJ is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ocean County, NJ have an average commute time of 29.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ocean County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$71,081

Median Household Income

± $2,643

226k

Number of Households

± 7,559

In 2017, the median household income of the 226k households in Ocean County, NJ grew to $71,081 from the previous year's value of $62,222.

The following chart displays the households in Ocean County, NJ 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

$279,600

2017 Median

± $5,079

$272,900

2016 Median

± $5,650

In 2017, the median property value in Ocean County, NJ grew to to $279,600 from the previous year's value of $272,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ocean County, NJ 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 Ocean County, NJ the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

80%

2017 Homeownership

78.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 80% of the housing units in Ocean County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 78.4%.

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

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Commute Time

29.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ocean County, NJ have a longer commute time (29.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.98% of the workforce in Ocean County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.61%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.28%

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

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