Florence County, SC

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Population

138,537

0.0274% decline

Median Age

38.8


Median Household Income

$43,310

1.85% growth

Poverty Rate

19.6%


Number of Employees

59,365

0.836% growth

Median Property Value

$128,400

1.82% growth

About

In 2017, Florence County, SC had a population of 139k people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $43,310. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Florence County, SC declined from 138,575 to 138,537, a -0.0274% decrease and its median household income grew from $42,523 to $43,310, a 1.85% increase.

The population of Florence County, SC is 52.6% White Alone, 42.2% Black or African American Alone, and 2.48% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Florence County, SC speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Florence County, SC are Florence-Darlington Technical College (959 degrees awarded in 2016), Francis Marion University (705 degrees), and Virginia College-Florence (206 degrees).

The median property value in Florence County, SC is $128,400, and the homeownership rate is 65.8%. Most people in Florence County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Florence County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Florence County, SC employs 59.4k people. The largest industries in Florence County, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,509 people), Manufacturing (8,282 people), and Retail Trade (7,212 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,721), Wholesale Trade ($50,366), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,643).

Median household income in Florence County, SC is $43,310. Males in Florence County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Florence County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,310

2017 value

± $1,958

1.85%

1 Year Growth

± 5.63%

Households in Florence County, SC have a median annual income of $43,310, 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 $42,523 in 2016, which represents a 1.85% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Florence County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina 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 15.03

  2. Census Tract 2.01

  3. Census Tract 1.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Florence County, SC was Census Tract 15.03 with a value of $72,555, followed by Census Tract 2.01 and Census Tract 1.01, with respective values of $71,898 and $70,083.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Florence County, SC (26.4k out of 135k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    17,031 ± 983

  2. White

    8,182 ± 698

  3. Hispanic

    1,082 ± 299

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

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

59.4k

2017 Value

± 1,791

0.836%

1 Year growth

± 4.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Florence County, SC grew at a rate of 0.836%, from 58.9k employees to 59.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Florence County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,776 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,597 people), and Management Occupations (5,013 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Florence County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Florence County, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,776 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,597 people), and Management Occupations (5,013 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Florence County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.75 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.63 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Florence County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,348), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,667), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($59,338).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

59.4k

2017 Value

± 1,791

0.836%

1 Year growth

± 4.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Florence County, SC grew at a rate of 0.836%, from 58.9k employees to 59.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Florence County, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,509 people), Manufacturing (8,282 people), and Retail Trade (7,212 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Florence County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Florence County, SC 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 Florence County, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,509 people), Manufacturing (8,282 people), and Retail Trade (7,212 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Florence County, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.38 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.28 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Florence County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,721), Wholesale Trade ($50,366), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,643).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

89.4% of the population of Florence County, SC has health coverage, with 43.2% on employee plans, 22.4% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 1.92% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Florence County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Florence County, SC see 1052 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.03% decrease from the previous year (1063 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1734 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 557 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,052 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Florence County, SC see an average of 1,052 patients per year. This represents a 1.03% decrease from the previous year (1,063 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Florence County, SC 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

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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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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

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

10.6%

Uninsured

43.2%

Employer Coverage

22.4%

Medicaid

11%

Medicare

11%

Non-Group

1.92%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Florence County, SC declined by 11.5% from 11.9% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Florence County, SC 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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Florence County, SC is home to a population of 139k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.73% of Florence County, SC residents were born outside of the country (3.78k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Florence County, SC is composed of 72.8k White Alone residents (52.6%), 58.4k Black or African American Alone residents (42.2%), 3.44k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.48%), 1.78k Asian Alone residents (1.29%), 1.69k Two or More Races residents (1.22%), 243 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.175%), 82 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0592%), and 74 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0534%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Florence County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Florence County, SC was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Florence County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Florence County, SC residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.73%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.78k people

2.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.7k people

As of 2017, 2.73% of Florence County, SC residents (3.78k 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 Florence County, SC was 2.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Florence County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Florence County, SC was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    72.8k ± 42

  2. Black or African American Alone

    58.4k ± 292

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.44k ± 558

In 2017, there were 1.25 times more White Alone residents (72.8k people) in Florence County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 58.4k Black or African American Alone and 3.44k 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 Florence County, SC 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 Florence County, SC 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 Florence County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Florence County, SC 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

    2,963 ± 313

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,177 ± 240

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,085 ± 250

Florence County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Florence County, SC awarded 1,938 degrees. The student population of Florence County, SC is skewed towards women, with 3,272 male students and 7,055 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Florence County, SC are White (925 and 48%), followed by Black or African American (845 and 43.8%), Unknown (71 and 3.68%), and Hispanic or Latino (38 and 1.97%).

The largest universities in Florence County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Florence-Darlington Technical College (959 and 49.5%), Francis Marion University (705 and 36.4%), and Virginia College-Florence (206 and 10.6%).

The most popular majors in Florence County, SC are Registered Nursing (188 and 9.7%), General Business Administration & Management (144 and 7.43%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (118 and 6.09%).

The median tuition costs in Florence County, SC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,880 and $19,760 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 52 degrees awarded

  2. 99 degrees awarded

  3. 92 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Florence County, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 52 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 959 degrees awarded

  2. 705 degrees awarded

  3. 206 degrees awarded

$9,880

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Florence County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Florence-Darlington Technical College with 959 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

616

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,322

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 616 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Florence County, SC, which is 0.466 times less than the 1,322 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

    925 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    845 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    71 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Florence County, SC were to White students. These 925 degrees mean that there were 1.09 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 845 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Florence County, SC was $128,400 in 2017, which is 0.59 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $126,100 to $128,400, a 1.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Florence County, SC is 65.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Florence County, SC have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Florence County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,310

Median Household Income

± $1,958

52.1k

Number of Households

± 1,545

In 2017, the median household income of the 52.1k households in Florence County, SC grew to $43,310 from the previous year's value of $42,523.

The following chart displays the households in Florence County, SC 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

$128,400

2017 Median

± $3,302

$126,100

2016 Median

± $3,296

In 2017, the median property value in Florence County, SC grew to to $128,400 from the previous year's value of $126,100.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.8%

2017 Homeownership

66.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.8% of the housing units in Florence County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Florence County, SC 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 Florence County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Florence County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Florence County, SC have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.51% of the workforce in Florence County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.86%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.38%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Florence County, SC was Drove Alone (83.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.86%) and those who Worked At Home (3.38%).

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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