Ada County, ID

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Population

456,849

2.89% growth

Median Age

37


Median Household Income

$60,858

0.723% decline

Poverty Rate

11.8%


Number of Employees

228,945

2.97% growth

Median Property Value

$256,400

10.3% growth

About

In 2017, Ada County, ID had a population of 457k people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $60,858. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ada County, ID grew from 444,028 to 456,849, a 2.89% increase and its median household income declined from $61,301 to $60,858, a -0.723% decrease.

The population of Ada County, ID is 84.5% White Alone, 8.22% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.96% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Ada County, ID speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ada County, ID are Boise State University (4,322 degrees awarded in 2016), Carrington College-Boise (258 degrees), and Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology (159 degrees).

The median property value in Ada County, ID is $256,400, and the homeownership rate is 68.8%. Most people in Ada County, ID commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Ada County, ID is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Ada County, ID employs 229k people. The largest industries in Ada County, ID are Health Care & Social Assistance (32,771 people), Retail Trade (27,827 people), and Manufacturing (21,767 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($95,570), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,328), and Manufacturing ($57,969).

Median household income in Ada County, ID is $60,858. Males in Ada County, ID have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,191. The income inequality in Ada County, ID (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,858

2017 value

± $2,286

-0.723%

1 Year Growth

± 5.29%

Households in Ada County, ID have a median annual income of $60,858, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,301 in 2016, which represents a -0.723% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,561

Average Male Salary

± $2,350

$39,191

Average Female Salary

± $1,701

In 2017, full-time male employees in Idaho made 1.44 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

    $44,693 ± $9,308

  2. White

    $42,458 ± $1,445

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $34,507 ± $5,849

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Idaho workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 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 Ada County, ID is from Idaho.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.464

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Idaho was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.528% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Idaho 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 7.02

  2. Census Tract 2.02

  3. Census Tract 101

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ada County, ID was Census Tract 7.02 with a value of $122,461, followed by Census Tract 2.02 and Census Tract 101, with respective values of $110,777 and $108,191.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ada County, ID (50.5k out of 427k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are 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

    42,599 ± 2,114

  2. Hispanic

    5,989 ± 696

  3. Two Or More

    2,721 ± 515

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ada County, ID is White, followed by Hispanic 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

229k

2017 Value

± 10,271

2.97%

1 Year growth

± 6.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ada County, ID grew at a rate of 2.97%, from 222k employees to 229k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ada County, ID, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (31,269 people), Management Occupations (27,423 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (25,348 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ada County, ID.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ada County, ID, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (31,269 people), Management Occupations (27,423 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (25,348 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ada County, ID has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.68 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.25 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.16 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ada County, ID, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($101,259), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,325), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($71,807).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

229k

2017 Value

± 10,271

2.97%

1 Year growth

± 6.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ada County, ID grew at a rate of 2.97%, from 222k employees to 229k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ada County, ID, are Health Care & Social Assistance (32,771 people), Retail Trade (27,827 people), and Manufacturing (21,767 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ada County, ID, though some of these residents may live in Ada County, ID 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 Ada County, ID, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (32,771 people), Retail Trade (27,827 people), and Manufacturing (21,767 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ada County, ID has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.52 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.34 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.12 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ada County, ID, by median earnings, are Utilities ($95,570), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,328), and Manufacturing ($57,969).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $10.8B

  2. $4.28B

  3. $4.26B

In 2015, the top outbound Idaho product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $10.8B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($4.28B) and Electronics ($4.26B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$55.1B

2015 Value

$82.2B

Projected 2045 Value

49.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Idaho trade was $55.1B. This is expected to increase 49.1% to $82.2B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $6.23B

  2. $3.13B

  3. $2.01B

In 2015, the top outbound Idaho domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Washington with $6.23B, followed by California with $3.13B and Utah and $2.01B.

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

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Health

92% of the population of Ada County, ID has health coverage, with 55.8% on employee plans, 8.99% on Medicaid, 9.36% on Medicare, 15.7% on non-group plans, and 2.17% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ada County, ID was $6,927 in 2014. This is a 5.07% increase from the previous year ($6,593).

Primary care physicians in Ada County, ID see 1128 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.265% decrease from the previous year (1131 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1265 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 376 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bingham County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.3%). Additionally, Minidoka County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,128 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ada County, ID see an average of 1,128 patients per year. This represents a 0.265% decrease from the previous year (1,131 patients).

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

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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$6,927

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,560

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,069

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,737

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Idaho (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.07%, from $6,593 to $6,927.

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

7.98%

Uninsured

55.8%

Employer Coverage

8.99%

Medicaid

9.36%

Medicare

15.7%

Non-Group

2.17%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ada County, ID declined by 0.791% from 8.04% to 7.98%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ada County, ID 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. 11.3% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 11.1% prevalence

Bingham County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Idaho, at 11.3%.

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

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Diversity

Ada County, ID is home to a population of 457k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.48% of Ada County, ID residents were born outside of the country (25.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ada County, ID is composed of 386k White Alone residents (84.5%), 37.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.22%), 13.5k Two or More Races residents (2.96%), 10.9k Asian Alone residents (2.4%), 5.71k Black or African American Alone residents (1.25%), 1.7k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.371%), 979 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.214%), and 609 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.133%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ada County, ID are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ada County, ID was 37. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Ada County, ID are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ada County, ID residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.48%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

25.1k people

5.82%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

25.8k people

As of 2017, 5.48% of Ada County, ID residents (25.1k 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 Ada County, ID was 5.82%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    47,956 ± 5,301 people

  2. Canada

    4,990 ± 1,732 people

  3. Philippines

    4,277 ± 1,604 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Idaho was Mexico, the natal country of 47,956 Idaho residents, followed by Canada with 4,990 and Philippines with 4,277.

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Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Ada County, ID residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ada County, ID was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    386k ± 784

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    37.6k ± 5.19k

  3. Two or More Races

    13.5k ± 3.36k

In 2017, there were 10.3 times more White Alone residents (386k people) in Ada County, ID than any other race or ethnicity. There were 37.6k Hispanic or Latino and 13.5k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ada County, ID 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 Ada County, ID 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 Ada County, ID was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ada County, ID 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

    8,333 ± 1,561

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,031 ± 1,331

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,615 ± 1,096

Ada County, ID has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ada County, ID awarded 5,225 degrees. The student population of Ada County, ID is skewed towards women, with 10,974 male students and 14,426 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ada County, ID are White (4,044 and 79.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (504 and 9.92%), Unknown (165 and 3.25%), and Two or More Races (129 and 2.54%).

The largest universities in Ada County, ID by number of degrees awarded are Boise State University (4,322 and 82.7%), Carrington College-Boise (258 and 4.94%), and Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology (159 and 3.04%).

The most popular majors in Ada County, ID are Registered Nursing (361 and 6.91%), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (218 and 4.17%), and General Psychology (199 and 3.81%).

The median tuition costs in Ada County, ID are $14,636 for private four year colleges, and $4,872 and $19,322 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 199 degrees awarded

  2. 310 degrees awarded

  3. 209 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ada County, ID was General Psychology with 199 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,322 degrees awarded

  2. 258 degrees awarded

  3. 159 degrees awarded

$4,872

Median In-State Public

$14,636

Median Private

In 2016, the Ada County, ID institution with the largest number of graduating students was Boise State University with 4,322 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,006

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,219

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,006 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ada County, ID, which is 0.623 times less than the 3,219 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Ada County, ID by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,044 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    504 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    165 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ada County, ID were to White students. These 4,044 degrees mean that there were 8.02 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 504 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ada County, ID was $256,400 in 2017, which is 1.18 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $232,500 to $256,400, a 10.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Ada County, ID is 68.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ada County, ID have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ada County, ID is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$60,858

Median Household Income

± $2,286

171k

Number of Households

± 7,925

In 2017, the median household income of the 171k households in Ada County, ID declined from $60,858 from the previous year's value of $61,301.

The following chart displays the households in Ada County, ID 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

$256,400

2017 Median

± $8,923

$232,500

2016 Median

± $6,093

In 2017, the median property value in Ada County, ID grew to to $256,400 from the previous year's value of $232,500.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ada County, ID distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ada County, ID the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.8%

2017 Homeownership

68.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.8% of the housing units in Ada County, ID were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.3%.

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

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ada County, ID have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.46% of the workforce in Ada County, ID have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.6%

  2. Carpooled

    6.75%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ada County, ID was Drove Alone (82.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.75%) and those who Worked At Home (5.9%).

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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