Atlanta, GA

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Population

498,073

2.42% growth

Median Age

33.2


Median Household Income

$65,345

13.5% growth

Poverty Rate

22.4%


Number of Employees

256,891

1.19% growth

Median Property Value

$302,200

0.935% growth

About

In 2018, Atlanta, GA had a population of 498k people with a median age of 33.2 and a median household income of $65,345. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Atlanta, GA grew from 486,299 to 498,073, a 2.42% increase and its median household income grew from $57,597 to $65,345, a 13.5% increase.

The population of Atlanta, GA is 50.7% Black or African American Alone, 38% White Alone, and 4.61% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Atlanta, GA speak a non-English language, and 95.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Atlanta, GA are Georgia State University (7,796 degrees awarded in 2017), Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (6,676 degrees), and Emory University (4,733 degrees).

The median property value in Atlanta, GA is $302,200, and the homeownership rate is 45.3%. Most people in Atlanta, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Atlanta, GA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Atlanta, GA employs 257k people. The largest industries in Atlanta, GA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (43,969 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (25,572 people), and Educational Services (24,631 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($92,289), Utilities ($92,031), and Finance & Insurance ($87,223).

Median household income in Atlanta, GA is $65,345. Males in Atlanta, GA have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,879. The income inequality in Atlanta, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,345

2018 value

± $2,632

13.5%

1 Year Growth

± 6.4%

Households in Atlanta, GA have a median annual income of $65,345, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $57,597 in 2017, which represents a 13.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,446

Average Male Salary

± $1,225

$48,879

Average Female Salary

± $821

In 2018, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.38 times more than female employees.

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

    $65,571 ± $3,964

  2. White

    $57,866 ± $991

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,045 ± $24,311

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Atlanta, GA is from Georgia.

0.475

2018 Wage GINI

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.859% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia 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 97

  2. Census Tract 102.06

  3. Census Tract 201

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Atlanta, GA was Census Tract 97 with a value of $200,179, followed by Census Tract 102.06 and Census Tract 201, with respective values of $177,188 and $174,526.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Atlanta, GA (97.6k out of 436k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 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

    75,773 ± 2,304

  2. White

    14,745 ± 921

  3. Hispanic

    4,832 ± 563

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Atlanta, GA 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

257k

2018 Value

± 9,651

1.19%

1 Year growth

± 5.1%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Atlanta, GA grew at a rate of 1.19%, from 254k employees to 257k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Atlanta, GA, are Management Occupations (33,318 people), Sales & Related Occupations (29,326 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (26,955 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Atlanta, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Atlanta, GA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (33,318 people), Sales & Related Occupations (29,326 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (26,955 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Atlanta, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (3.18 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.49 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.89 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Atlanta, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($102,318), Management Occupations ($95,741), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($83,761).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

257k

2018 Value

± 9,651

1.19%

1 Year growth

± 5.1%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Atlanta, GA grew at a rate of 1.19%, from 254k employees to 257k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Atlanta, GA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (43,969 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (25,572 people), and Educational Services (24,631 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Atlanta, GA, though some of these residents may live in Atlanta, GA 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 Atlanta, GA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (43,969 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (25,572 people), and Educational Services (24,631 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Atlanta, GA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.27 times higher than expected), Information (1.74 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Atlanta, GA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($92,289), Utilities ($92,031), and Finance & Insurance ($87,223).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $51.8B

  2. $36.9B

  3. $35.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $51.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.9B) and Electronics ($35.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$465B

2020 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Georgia trade was $465B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $628B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $42.1B

  2. $27.8B

  3. $22.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $42.1B, followed by South Carolina with $27.8B and North Carolina and $22.2B.

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

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Health

89.5% of the population of Atlanta, GA has health coverage, with 50.7% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 7.96% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.02% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Atlanta, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Atlanta, GA see 936 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.27% decrease from the previous year (948 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1402 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 486 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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936 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Fulton County, GA see an average of 936 patients per year. This represents a 1.27% decrease from the previous year (948 patients).

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

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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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

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

10.5%

Uninsured

50.7%

Employer Coverage

16.4%

Medicaid

7.96%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

1.02%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Atlanta, GA declined by 3.11% from 10.8% to 10.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Atlanta, GA 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. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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

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Diversity

Atlanta, GA is home to a population of 498k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.59% of Atlanta, GA residents were born outside of the country (32k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Atlanta, GA is composed of 252k Black or African American Alone residents (50.7%), 189k White Alone residents (38%), 23k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.61%), 19.9k Asian Alone residents (3.99%), 11.5k Two or More Races residents (2.32%), 1.32k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.266%), 495 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0994%), and 142 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0285%).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Atlanta, GA was 33.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Atlanta, GA are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Atlanta, GA residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.59%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

32k people

6.76%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

31.9k people

As of 2017, 6.59% of Atlanta, GA residents (32k 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 Atlanta, GA was 6.76%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,281 ± 11,824 people

  2. India

    94,845 ± 7,527 people

  3. Jamaica

    45,320 ± 5,215 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 237,281 Georgia residents, followed by India with 94,845 and Jamaica with 45,320.

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Citizenship

95.4%

2018 Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.4% of Atlanta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Atlanta, GA was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    252k ± 8.27k

  2. White Alone

    189k ± 6.64k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    23k ± 4.55k

In 2018, there were 1.33 times more Black or African American Alone residents (252k people) in Atlanta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 189k White Alone and 23k 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 Atlanta, GA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,506 ± 1,787

  2. Vietnam

    4,742 ± 1,136

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,084 ± 1,550

Atlanta, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Atlanta, GA awarded 26,991 degrees. The student population of Atlanta, GA is skewed towards women, with 54,000 male students and 59,983 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Atlanta, GA are Black or African American (8,912 and 38.1%), followed by White (8,612 and 36.8%), Asian (2,775 and 11.9%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,655 and 7.07%).

The largest universities in Atlanta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Georgia State University (7,796 and 28.9%), Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (6,676 and 24.7%), and Emory University (4,733 and 17.5%).

The most popular majors in Atlanta, GA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,070 and 7.67%), General Business Administration & Management (1,947 and 7.21%), and General Computer & Information Sciences (1,395 and 5.17%).

The median tuition costs in Atlanta, GA are $22,429 for private four year colleges, and $6,984 and $21,843 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 702 degrees awarded

  2. 1,145 degrees awarded

  3. 814 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Atlanta, GA was General Biological Sciences with 702 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,796 degrees awarded

  2. 6,676 degrees awarded

  3. 4,733 degrees awarded

$6,984

Median In-State Public

$22,429

Median Private

In 2017, the Atlanta, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Georgia State University with 7,796 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

12,408

Degrees Awarded to Men

14,583

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 12,408 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Atlanta, GA, which is 0.851 times less than the 14,583 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Atlanta, GA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    8,912 degrees awarded

  2. White

    8,612 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    2,775 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Atlanta, GA were to Black or African American students. These 8,912 degrees mean that there were 1.03 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 8,612 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Atlanta, GA was $302,200 in 2018, which is 1.32 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $299,400 to $302,200, a 0.935% increase. The homeownership rate in Atlanta, GA is 45.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Atlanta, GA have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Atlanta, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$302,200

2018 Median

± $15,292

$299,400

2017 Median

± $20,915

In 2018, the median property value in Atlanta, GA grew to to $302,200 from the previous year's value of $299,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Atlanta, GA 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 Atlanta, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k 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.

$65,345

Median Household Income

± $2,632

212k

Number of Households

± 8,255

In 2018, the median household income of the 212k households in Atlanta, GA grew to $65,345 from the previous year's value of $57,597.

The following chart displays the households in Atlanta, GA 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 $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

45.3%

2018 Homeownership

43.8%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 45.3% of the housing units in Atlanta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 43.8%.

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

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Atlanta, GA have a shorter commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.04% of the workforce in Atlanta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    65.6%

  2. Public Transit

    9.98%

  3. Worked At Home

    9.62%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Atlanta, GA was Drove Alone (65.6%), followed by those who Public Transit (9.98%) and those who Worked At Home (9.62%).

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

2 cars

Average Number

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

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