Big Rapids, MI

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Population

43,181

0.18% decline

Median Age

36.4


Median Household Income

$43,470

3.93% growth

Poverty Rate

22.5%


Number of Employees

18,219

2.97% growth

Median Property Value

$114,700

3.05% growth

About

In 2017, Big Rapids, MI had a population of 43.2k people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $43,470. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Big Rapids, MI declined from 43,259 to 43,181, a -0.18% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,827 to $43,470, a 3.93% increase.

The population of Big Rapids, MI is 91.5% White Alone, 2.51% Two or More Races, and 2.51% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Big Rapids, MI speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Big Rapids, MI are Ferris State University (4,219 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Big Rapids, MI is $114,700, and the homeownership rate is 74%. Most people in Big Rapids, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Rapids, MI is 2 cars per household.

Big Rapids, MI borders Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI and Mount Pleasant, MI.

Economy

The economy of Big Rapids, MI employs 18.2k people. The largest industries in Big Rapids, MI are Manufacturing (3,002 people), Educational Services (2,730 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,624 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,439), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,119), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,750).

Median household income in Big Rapids, MI is $43,470. 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

$43,470

2017 value

± $1,558

3.93%

1 Year Growth

± 4.76%

Households in Big Rapids, MI have a median annual income of $43,470, 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 $41,827 in 2016, which represents a 3.93% 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.

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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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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Big Rapids, MI was Livingston County, MI with a value of $80,733, followed by Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI, with respective values of $77,475 and $70,286.

The following map shows all of the counties 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

22.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Rapids, MI (9.02k out of 40.1k 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

    8,099 ± 471

  2. Black

    396 ± 131

  3. Hispanic

    260 ± 108

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

18.2k

2017 Value

± 703

2.97%

1 Year growth

± 5.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Big Rapids, MI grew at a rate of 2.97%, from 17.7k employees to 18.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Rapids, MI, are Production Occupations (2,322 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,051 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,786 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 Production Occupations (2,322 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,051 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,786 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Big Rapids, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.2 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.42 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Big Rapids, MI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,953), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,036), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.2k

2017 Value

± 703

2.97%

1 Year growth

± 5.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Big Rapids, MI grew at a rate of 2.97%, from 17.7k employees to 18.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Rapids, MI, are Manufacturing (3,002 people), Educational Services (2,730 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,624 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 Manufacturing (3,002 people), Educational Services (2,730 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,624 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Big Rapids, MI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.73 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.63 times), and Educational Services (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Big Rapids, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($66,439), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,119), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,750).

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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. $135B

  2. $35.4B

  3. $31.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $135B, followed by Mixed freight ($35.4B) and Machinery ($31.3B).

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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$448B

2015 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

39.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Michigan trade was $448B. This is expected to increase 39.1% 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. $35.1B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $20.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $35.1B, followed by Indiana with $25.1B and Illinois and $20.4B.

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

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Health

93.1% of the population of Big Rapids, MI has health coverage, with 46.6% on employee plans, 18.3% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1.39% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa 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 1254 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.804% increase from the previous year (1244 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1385 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 431 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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1,254 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Michigan see an average of 1,254 patients per year. This represents a 0.804% increase from the previous year (1,244 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Michigan 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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$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

6.85%

Uninsured

46.6%

Employer Coverage

18.3%

Medicaid

13.4%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

1.39%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Rapids, MI declined by 22.4% from 8.83% to 6.85%.

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 43.2k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.72% of Big Rapids, MI residents were born outside of the country (744 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Big Rapids, MI is composed of 39.5k White Alone residents (91.5%), 1.09k Two or More Races residents (2.51%), 1.08k Black or African American Alone residents (2.51%), 924 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.14%), 304 Asian Alone residents (0.704%), 182 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.421%), 69 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.16%), and 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0486%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Big Rapids, MI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Big Rapids, MI was 36.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Big Rapids, MI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Big Rapids, MI residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

744 people

2.09%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

904 people

As of 2017, 1.72% of Big Rapids, MI residents (744 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 2.09%, 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

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Big Rapids, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Big Rapids, MI was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    39.5k ± 18

  2. Two or More Races

    1.09k ± 190

  3. Black or African American Alone

    1.08k ± 145

In 2017, there were 36.4 times more White Alone residents (39.5k people) in Big Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.09k Two or More Races and 1.08k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Big Rapids, MI 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 Big Rapids, MI 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 Big Rapids, MI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Big Rapids, MI 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

    1,222 ± 161

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    461 ± 126

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    403 ± 101

Big Rapids, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Big Rapids, MI awarded 4,219 degrees. The student population of Big Rapids, MI is skewed towards women, with 6,627 male students and 7,560 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Big Rapids, MI are White (3,342 and 83.7%), followed by Black or African American (201 and 5.04%), Unknown (139 and 3.48%), and Hispanic or Latino (138 and 3.46%).

The largest universities in Big Rapids, MI by number of degrees awarded are Ferris State University (4,219 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Big Rapids, MI are Criminal Justice - Police Science (381 and 9.03%), General Business Administration & Management (316 and 7.49%), and Registered Nursing (268 and 6.35%).

The median tuition costs in Big Rapids, MI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,144 and $17,910 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 310 degrees awarded

  2. 268 degrees awarded

  3. 205 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Big Rapids, MI was Criminal Justice - Police Science with 310 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

4,219 degrees awarded

$11,144

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Big Rapids, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ferris State University with 4,219 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,120

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,099

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,120 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Big Rapids, MI, which is 1.01 times more than the 2,099 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

    3,342 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    201 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    139 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Big Rapids, MI were to White students. These 3,342 degrees mean that there were 16.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 201 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Rapids, MI was $114,700 in 2017, which is 0.527 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,300 to $114,700, a 3.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Rapids, MI is 74%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Big Rapids, MI have an average commute time of 22.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Big Rapids, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,470

Median Household Income

± $1,558

15.6k

Number of Households

± 605

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.6k households in Big Rapids, MI grew to $43,470 from the previous year's value of $41,827.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$114,700

2017 Median

± $3,825

$111,300

2016 Median

± $3,948

In 2017, the median property value in Big Rapids, MI grew to to $114,700 from the previous year's value of $111,300.

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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

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 $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

74%

2017 Homeownership

73.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74% of the housing units in Big Rapids, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher 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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

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 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Rapids, MI have a shorter commute time (22.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.22% 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

    77.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.45%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Big Rapids, MI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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