Luzerne County, PA

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Population

317,646

0.0955% growth

Poverty Rate

15.2%


Median Age

43.2


Median Household Income

$54,433

6.04% growth

Number of Employees

151,576

1.3% decline

Median Property Value

$133,600

6.28% growth

About

In 2018, Luzerne County, PA had a population of 318k people with a median age of 43.2 and a median household income of $54,433. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Luzerne County, PA grew from 317,343 to 317,646, a 0.0955% increase and its median household income grew from $51,332 to $54,433, a 6.04% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Luzerne County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.4%), White (Hispanic) (7.06%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (3.92%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.68%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.63%). N/A% of the people in Luzerne County, PA speak a non-English language, and 95.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Luzerne County, PA are Wilkes University (1,559 degrees awarded in 2017), Luzerne County Community College (851 degrees), and Misericordia University (826 degrees).

The median property value in Luzerne County, PA is $133,600, and the homeownership rate is 69%. Most people in Luzerne County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Luzerne County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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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 Luzerne County, PA employs 152k people. The largest industries in Luzerne County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,421 people), Manufacturing (22,237 people), and Retail Trade (18,663 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($68,179), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,078), and Wholesale Trade ($55,375).

Median household income in Luzerne County, PA is $54,433. Males in Luzerne County, PA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,119. The income inequality in Luzerne County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,433

2018 value

± $2,634

6.04%

1 Year Growth

± 5.49%

Households in Luzerne County, PA have a median annual income of $54,433, 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 $51,332 in 2017, which represents a 6.04% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,779

Average Male Salary

± $1,106

$52,119

Average Female Salary

± $786

In 2018, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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

    $67,044 ± $4,236

  2. White

    $54,569 ± $688

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $45,677 ± $16,041

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.23 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 Luzerne County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2018 Wage GINI

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.472% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 2155.03

  2. Census Tract 2113.01

  3. Census Tract 2155.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Luzerne County, PA was Census Tract 2155.03 with a value of $89,583, followed by Census Tract 2113.01 and Census Tract 2155.01, with respective values of $88,382 and $86,250.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Luzerne County, PA (46.5k out of 306k 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 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    34,454 ± 1,156

  2. Hispanic

    11,518 ± 679

  3. Black

    5,163 ± 487

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Luzerne County, PA 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

152k

2018 Value

± 5,589

-1.3%

1 Year decline

± 5.33%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Luzerne County, PA declined at a rate of -1.3%, from 154k employees to 152k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Luzerne County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,810 people), Production Occupations (13,642 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (12,926 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Luzerne County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Luzerne County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,810 people), Production Occupations (13,642 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (12,926 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Luzerne County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.12 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.74 times), and Production Occupations (1.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Luzerne County, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,332), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($69,050), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,116).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

152k

2018 Value

± 5,589

-1.3%

1 Year decline

± 5.33%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Luzerne County, PA declined at a rate of -1.3%, from 154k employees to 152k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Luzerne County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,421 people), Manufacturing (22,237 people), and Retail Trade (18,663 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Luzerne County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Luzerne County, PA 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 Luzerne County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,421 people), Manufacturing (22,237 people), and Retail Trade (18,663 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Luzerne County, PA has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.42 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.51 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Luzerne County, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($68,179), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,078), and Wholesale Trade ($55,375).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $88.5B

  2. $57.4B

  3. $55.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $88.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($57.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($55.2B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$671B

2020 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

42.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $671B. This is expected to increase 42.2% to $954B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $65.4B

  2. $62.6B

  3. $35.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $65.4B, followed by New Jersey with $62.6B and Ohio and $35.6B.

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

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Health

95.1% of the population of Luzerne County, PA has health coverage, with 48.4% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 15.2% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 0.71% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Luzerne County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Luzerne County, PA see 1300 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.59% increase from the previous year (1255 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1543 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1099 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,300 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Luzerne County, PA see an average of 1,300 patients per year. This represents a 3.59% increase from the previous year (1,255 patients).

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

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Access and Quality

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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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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

4.93%

Uninsured

48.4%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

15.2%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

0.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Luzerne County, PA grew by 7.42% from 4.59% to 4.93%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Luzerne County, PA 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. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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Diversity

Luzerne County, PA is home to a population of 318k people, from which 95.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.04% of Luzerne County, PA residents were born outside of the country (19.2k people).

In 2018, there were 11.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (255k people) in Luzerne County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.4k White (Hispanic) and 12.5k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Luzerne County, PA was 43.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Luzerne County, PA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Luzerne County, PA residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.04%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.2k people

5.72%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

18.1k people

As of 2017, 6.04% of Luzerne County, PA residents (19.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Luzerne County, PA was 5.72%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    94,480 ± 7,519 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    85,267 ± 7,145 people

  3. China

    68,580 ± 6,412 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 94,480 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 85,267 and China with 68,580.

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Citizenship

95.5%

2018 Citizenship

95.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.5% of Luzerne County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Luzerne County, PA was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Luzerne County, PA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    255k ± 120

  2. White (Hispanic)

    22.4k ± 3.04k

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    12.5k ± 2.53k

In 2018, there were 11.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (255k people) in Luzerne County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.4k White (Hispanic) and 12.5k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,048 ± 1,067

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,194 ± 935

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,474 ± 559

Luzerne County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Luzerne County, PA awarded 4,537 degrees. The student population of Luzerne County, PA is skewed towards women, with 7,180 male students and 10,935 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Luzerne County, PA are White (3,691 and 83.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (233 and 5.26%), Unknown (181 and 4.09%), and Black or African American (146 and 3.3%).

The largest universities in Luzerne County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Wilkes University (1,559 and 34.4%), Luzerne County Community College (851 and 18.8%), and Misericordia University (826 and 18.2%).

The most popular majors in Luzerne County, PA are Registered Nursing (338 and 7.45%), General Business Administration & Management (323 and 7.12%), and Other Teacher Education & Professional Development (236 and 5.2%).

The median tuition costs in Luzerne County, PA are $33,208 for private four year colleges, and $13,101 and $20,877 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 149 degrees awarded

  2. 111 degrees awarded

  3. 160 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Luzerne County, PA was Registered Nursing with 149 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,559 degrees awarded

  2. 851 degrees awarded

  3. 826 degrees awarded

$13,101

Median In-State Public

$33,208

Median Private

In 2017, the Luzerne County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wilkes University with 1,559 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,716

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,821

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,716 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Luzerne County, PA, which is 0.608 times less than the 2,821 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

    3,691 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    233 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    181 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Luzerne County, PA were to White students. These 3,691 degrees mean that there were 15.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 233 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Luzerne County, PA was $133,600 in 2018, which is 0.582 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $125,700 to $133,600, a 6.28% increase. The homeownership rate in Luzerne County, PA is 69%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Luzerne County, PA have an average commute time of 21.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Luzerne County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$133,600

2018 Median

± $4,695

$125,700

2017 Median

± $6,300

In 2018, the median property value in Luzerne County, PA grew to to $133,600 from the previous year's value of $125,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Luzerne County, PA 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 Luzerne County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

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$54,433

Median Household Income

± $2,634

128k

Number of Households

± 4,922

In 2018, the median household income of the 128k households in Luzerne County, PA grew to $54,433 from the previous year's value of $51,332.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69%

2018 Homeownership

67.1%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 69% of the housing units in Luzerne County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.1%.

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

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Commute Time

21.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Luzerne County, PA have a shorter commute time (21.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.53% of the workforce in Luzerne County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.98%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.44%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Luzerne County, PA was Drove Alone (81.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.98%) and those who Worked At Home (4.44%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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