Lawrence, KS

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Population

93,954

1.45% growth

Median Age

27.5


Median Household Income

$49,297

2.83% growth

Poverty Rate

21.8%


Number of Employees

52,547

2.57% growth

Median Property Value

$183,700

3.43% growth

About

In 2017, Lawrence, KS had a population of 94k people with a median age of 27.5 and a median household income of $49,297. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lawrence, KS grew from 92,611 to 93,954, a 1.45% increase and its median household income grew from $47,938 to $49,297, a 2.83% increase.

The population of Lawrence, KS is 76.6% White Alone, 6.58% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.85% Asian Alone. 12.1% of the people in Lawrence, KS speak a non-English language, and 94.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lawrence, KS are University of Kansas (6,970 degrees awarded in 2016), Haskell Indian Nations University (201 degrees), and Pinnacle Career Institute-Lawrence (65 degrees).

The median property value in Lawrence, KS is $183,700, and the homeownership rate is 45.4%. Most people in Lawrence, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Lawrence, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lawrence, KS employs 52.5k people. The largest industries in Lawrence, KS are Educational Services (10,788 people), Retail Trade (6,877 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,241 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,279), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,165), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,538).

Median household income in Lawrence, KS is $49,297. Males in Lawrence, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,397. The income inequality in Lawrence, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,297

2017 value

± $2,150

2.83%

1 Year Growth

± 6.78%

Households in Lawrence, KS have a median annual income of $49,297, 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 $47,938 in 2016, which represents a 2.83% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,808

Average Male Salary

± $1,876

$43,397

Average Female Salary

± $1,361

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lawrence, KS made 1.4 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

    $49,738 ± $7,478

  2. White

    $46,915 ± $1,173

  3. American Indian

    $42,999 ± $12,605

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lawrence, KS workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 Lawrence, KS is from Kansas.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Kansas 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 16

  2. Census Tract 6.03

  3. Census Tract 14

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lawrence, KS was Census Tract 16 with a value of $81,223, followed by Census Tract 6.03 and Census Tract 14, with respective values of $80,819 and $77,250.

The following map shows all of the places in Lawrence, KS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lawrence, KS (18.8k out of 86.1k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 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

    13,984 ± 913

  2. Asian

    1,732 ± 316

  3. Two Or More

    1,282 ± 419

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lawrence, KS is White, followed by Asian 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

52.5k

2017 Value

± 1,881

2.57%

1 Year growth

± 4.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lawrence, KS grew at a rate of 2.57%, from 51.2k employees to 52.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lawrence, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,179 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (7,005 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,623 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lawrence, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lawrence, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,179 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (7,005 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,623 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lawrence, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.28 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.2 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lawrence, KS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($71,827), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,809), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($55,231).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

52.5k

2017 Value

± 1,881

2.57%

1 Year growth

± 4.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lawrence, KS grew at a rate of 2.57%, from 51.2k employees to 52.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lawrence, KS, are Educational Services (10,788 people), Retail Trade (6,877 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,241 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lawrence, KS, though some of these residents may live in Lawrence, KS 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 Lawrence, KS, by number of employees, are Educational Services (10,788 people), Retail Trade (6,877 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,241 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lawrence, KS has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.92 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.22 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lawrence, KS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,279), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,165), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,538).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains with $24.1B and Coal-n.e.c. and $22B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $357B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

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

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Health

90.8% of the population of Lawrence, KS has health coverage, with 57.6% on employee plans, 7.43% on Medicaid, 7.31% on Medicare, 16.8% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Lawrence, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Lawrence, KS see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1764 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1320 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1320 patients per year. This represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

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

9.16%

Uninsured

57.6%

Employer Coverage

7.43%

Medicaid

7.31%

Medicare

16.8%

Non-Group

1.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lawrence, KS declined by 15.6% from 10.9% to 9.16%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lawrence, KS 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. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Lawrence, KS is home to a population of 94k people, from which 94.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.79% of Lawrence, KS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lawrence, KS is composed of 72k White Alone residents (76.6%), 6.18k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.58%), 5.5k Asian Alone residents (5.85%), 4.12k Black or African American Alone residents (4.38%), 3.75k Two or More Races residents (3.99%), 2.25k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.39%), 146 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.155%), and 6 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00639%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lawrence, KS are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,408 speakers), Chinese (1,847 speakers), and Japanese (523 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

27

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

30

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lawrence, KS was 27.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 30. But people in Lawrence, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lawrence, KS residents was 27.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.79%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.88%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.79% of Lawrence, KS 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 Lawrence, KS was 7.88%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    85,360 ± 7,067 people

  2. India

    11,676 ± 2,648 people

  3. Vietnam

    10,096 ± 2,463 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lawrence, KS was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Lawrence, KS residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

94.7%

2017 Citizenship

94.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.7% of Lawrence, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lawrence, KS was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    72k ± 554

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.18k ± 717

  3. Asian Alone

    5.5k ± 378

In 2017, there were 11.6 times more White Alone residents (72k people) in Lawrence, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.18k Hispanic or Latino and 5.5k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,408 speakers (3.94%)

  2. Chinese

    1,847 speakers (2.13%)

  3. Japanese

    523 speakers (0.605%)

12.1% of Lawrence, KS 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 Lawrence, KS was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.94% of the overall population of Lawrence, KS are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.13% speak Chinese and 0.605% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,187 ± 195

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    872 ± 213

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    500 ± 161

Lawrence, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.36 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lawrence, KS awarded 7,261 degrees. The student population of Lawrence, KS is skewed towards women, with 13,426 male students and 15,072 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lawrence, KS are White (5,225 and 77.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (379 and 5.61%), Asian (292 and 4.32%), and Two or More Races (253 and 3.74%).

The largest universities in Lawrence, KS by number of degrees awarded are University of Kansas (6,970 and 96%), Haskell Indian Nations University (201 and 2.77%), and Pinnacle Career Institute-Lawrence (65 and 0.895%).

The most popular majors in Lawrence, KS are Accounting (331 and 4.56%), Pharmacy (300 and 4.13%), and Journalism (270 and 3.72%).

The median tuition costs in Lawrence, KS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,579 and $24,962 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 229 degrees awarded

  2. 202 degrees awarded

  3. 254 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lawrence, KS was General Psychology with 229 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 6,970 degrees awarded

  2. 201 degrees awarded

  3. 65 degrees awarded

$9,579

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lawrence, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Kansas with 6,970 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,352

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,909

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,352 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lawrence, KS, which is 0.858 times less than the 3,909 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

    5,225 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    379 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    292 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lawrence, KS were to White students. These 5,225 degrees mean that there were 13.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 379 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lawrence, KS was $183,700 in 2017, which is 0.844 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $177,600 to $183,700, a 3.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Lawrence, KS is 45.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lawrence, KS have an average commute time of 18.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lawrence, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$49,297

Median Household Income

± $2,150

36.4k

Number of Households

± 1,396

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.4k households in Lawrence, KS grew to $49,297 from the previous year's value of $47,938.

The following chart displays the households in Lawrence, KS 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

$183,700

2017 Median

± $4,382

$177,600

2016 Median

± $3,781

In 2017, the median property value in Lawrence, KS grew to to $183,700 from the previous year's value of $177,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lawrence, KS 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 Lawrence, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lawrence, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lawrence, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

45.4%

2017 Homeownership

45.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 45.4% of the housing units in Lawrence, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 45.5%.

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

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Commute Time

18.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lawrence, KS have a shorter commute time (18.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.661% of the workforce in Lawrence, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.93%

  3. Walked

    6.03%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lawrence, KS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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