Big Rapids, MI

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Population

10,413

0.781% decline

Poverty Rate

43.7%


Median Age

22


Median Household Income

$24,760

0.962% growth

Number of Employees

4,590

1.75% growth

Median Property Value

$91,500

3.51% growth

About

In 2017, Big Rapids, MI had a population of 10.4k people with a median age of 22 and a median household income of $24,760. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Big Rapids, MI declined from 10,495 to 10,413, a -0.781% decrease and its median household income grew from $24,524 to $24,760, a 0.962% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Big Rapids, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (86%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.64%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (3.48%), White (Hispanic) (2.61%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.27%). N/A% of the people in Big Rapids, MI speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Big Rapids, MI are Ferris State University (4,357 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Big Rapids, MI is $91,500, and the homeownership rate is 38.1%. Most people in Big Rapids, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 12.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Rapids, MI is 1 car per household.

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 Big Rapids, MI employs 4.59k people. The largest industries in Big Rapids, MI are Educational Services (1,017 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (806 people), and Retail Trade (667 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($63,796), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,731), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($47,679).

Median household income in Big Rapids, MI is $24,760. Males in Big Rapids, MI have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,762. The income inequality in Big Rapids, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$24,760

2017 value

± $3,085

0.962%

1 Year Growth

± 15.9%

Households in Big Rapids, MI have a median annual income of $24,760, 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 $24,524 in 2016, which represents a 0.962% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,869

Average Male Salary

± $1,109

$46,762

Average Female Salary

± $850

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

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

    $62,263 ± $4,415

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $48,644 ± $58,127

  3. White

    $48,289 ± $702

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Michigan workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 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 Big Rapids, MI is from Michigan.

0.476

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Michigan 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 9604

  2. Census Tract 9607

  3. Census Tract 9606

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Big Rapids, MI was Census Tract 9604 with a value of $44,536, followed by Census Tract 9607 and Census Tract 9606, with respective values of $42,882 and $39,074.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

43.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Rapids, MI (3.3k out of 7.55k 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 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

    2,893 ± 385

  2. Black

    181 ± 97

  3. Two Or More

    129 ± 111

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.59k

2017 Value

± 429

1.75%

1 Year growth

± 13.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Big Rapids, MI grew at a rate of 1.75%, from 4.51k employees to 4.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Rapids, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (615 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (569 people), and Production Occupations (454 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Big Rapids, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Big Rapids, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (615 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (569 people), and Production Occupations (454 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Big Rapids, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.28 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.12 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.07 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Big Rapids, MI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,441), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($38,875), and Health Technologists & Technicians ($29,083).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.59k

2017 Value

± 429

1.75%

1 Year growth

± 13.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Big Rapids, MI grew at a rate of 1.75%, from 4.51k employees to 4.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Rapids, MI, are Educational Services (1,017 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (806 people), and Retail Trade (667 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Big Rapids, MI, though some of these residents may live in Big Rapids, MI 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 Big Rapids, MI, by number of employees, are Educational Services (1,017 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (806 people), and Retail Trade (667 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Big Rapids, MI has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.39 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.79 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Big Rapids, MI, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($63,796), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,731), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($47,679).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $138B

  2. $38.2B

  3. $36.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $138B, followed by Mixed freight ($38.2B) and Machinery ($36.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$480B

2020 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

29.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Michigan trade was $480B. This is expected to increase 29.8% to $623B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $37.4B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $21.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $37.4B, followed by Indiana with $27.2B and Illinois and $21.6B.

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

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Health

92.6% of the population of Big Rapids, MI has health coverage, with 48.8% on employee plans, 21.1% on Medicaid, 5.56% on Medicare, 16.1% on non-group plans, and 1.05% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Big Rapids, MI was $8,055 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,745).

Primary care physicians in Big Rapids, MI see 1872 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.319% decrease from the previous year (1878 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1879 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 882 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Saginaw County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,872 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mecosta County, MI see an average of 1,872 patients per year. This represents a 0.319% decrease from the previous year (1,878 patients).

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

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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,055

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,950

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,915

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,318

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Michigan (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,745 to $8,055.

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

7.43%

Uninsured

48.8%

Employer Coverage

21.1%

Medicaid

5.56%

Medicare

16.1%

Non-Group

1.05%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Rapids, MI declined by 10.2% from 8.27% to 7.43%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Big Rapids, MI 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. 14.1% prevalence

  3. 14.1% prevalence

Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Michigan, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Big Rapids, MI is home to a population of 10.4k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.56% of Big Rapids, MI residents were born outside of the country (371 people).

In 2017, there were 15.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (8.96k people) in Big Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 587 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 362 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

22

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

24

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Big Rapids, MI was 22. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 22, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 24. But people in Big Rapids, MI are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Big Rapids, MI residents was 22.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.56%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

371 people

5.29%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

555 people

As of 2017, 3.56% of Big Rapids, MI residents (371 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 Big Rapids, MI was 5.29%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    76,763 ± 6,776 people

  2. India

    66,881 ± 6,328 people

  3. Iraq

    54,355 ± 5,708 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 76,763 Michigan residents, followed by India with 66,881 and Iraq with 54,355.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

95.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Big Rapids, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Big Rapids, MI was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Big Rapids, MI

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    8.96k ± 223

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    587 ± 129

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    362 ± 154

In 2017, there were 15.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (8.96k people) in Big Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 587 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 362 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Big Rapids, MI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    173 ± 88

  2. Vietnam

    37 ± 37

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    21 ± 27

Big Rapids, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 4.68 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Big Rapids, MI awarded 4,357 degrees. The student population of Big Rapids, MI is skewed towards women, with 6,408 male students and 7,390 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Big Rapids, MI are White (3,449 and 83.9%), followed by Black or African American (222 and 5.4%), Hispanic or Latino (147 and 3.58%), and Two or More Races (114 and 2.77%).

The largest universities in Big Rapids, MI by number of degrees awarded are Ferris State University (4,357 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Big Rapids, MI are Criminal Justice - Police Science (411 and 9.43%), General Business Administration & Management (334 and 7.67%), and Registered Nursing (210 and 4.82%).

The median tuition costs in Big Rapids, MI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,564 and $18,570 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 210 degrees awarded

  2. 303 degrees awarded

  3. 218 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Big Rapids, MI was Registered Nursing with 210 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

4,357 degrees awarded

$11,564

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Big Rapids, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ferris State University with 4,357 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,236

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,121

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,236 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Big Rapids, MI, which is 1.05 times more than the 2,121 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Big Rapids, MI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,449 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    222 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    147 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Big Rapids, MI were to White students. These 3,449 degrees mean that there were 15.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 222 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Rapids, MI was $91,500 in 2017, which is 0.398 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $88,400 to $91,500, a 3.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Rapids, MI is 38.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Big Rapids, MI have an average commute time of 12.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Big Rapids, MI is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$91,500

2017 Median

± $8,579

$88,400

2016 Median

± $11,790

In 2017, the median property value in Big Rapids, MI grew to to $91,500 from the previous year's value of $88,400.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$24,760

Median Household Income

± $3,085

3.03k

Number of Households

± 299

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.03k households in Big Rapids, MI grew to $24,760 from the previous year's value of $24,524.

The following chart displays the households in Big Rapids, MI 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

38.1%

2017 Homeownership

35.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 38.1% of the housing units in Big Rapids, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 35.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Big Rapids, MI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

12.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Rapids, MI have a shorter commute time (12.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.26% of the workforce in Big Rapids, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    66.7%

  2. Walked

    14.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.04%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Big Rapids, MI was Drove Alone (66.7%), followed by those who Walked (14.3%) and those who Worked At Home (8.04%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

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

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