Bolivar County, MS

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Population

33,121

1.47% decline

Median Age

35


Median Household Income

$28,468

3.68% growth

Poverty Rate

37.4%


Number of Employees

11,228

4.02% decline

Median Property Value

$89,100

3.48% growth

About

In 2017, Bolivar County, MS had a population of 33.1k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $28,468. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bolivar County, MS declined from 33,615 to 33,121, a -1.47% decrease and its median household income grew from $27,457 to $28,468, a 3.68% increase.

The population of Bolivar County, MS is 64.2% Black or African American Alone, 32.4% White Alone, and 2.1% Hispanic or Latino. 2.8% of the people in Bolivar County, MS speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bolivar County, MS are Delta State University (801 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Bolivar County, MS is $89,100, and the homeownership rate is 55.4%. Most people in Bolivar County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Bolivar County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Bolivar County, MS employs 11.2k people. The largest industries in Bolivar County, MS are Educational Services (1,668 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,642 people), and Retail Trade (1,430 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,369), Information ($62,823), and Transportation & Warehousing ($51,083).

Median household income in Bolivar County, MS is $28,468. Males in Bolivar County, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Bolivar County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$28,468

2017 value

± $2,121

3.68%

1 Year Growth

± 9.81%

Households in Bolivar County, MS have a median annual income of $28,468, 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 $27,457 in 2016, which represents a 3.68% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Bolivar County, MS made 1.43 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Bolivar County, MS 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. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Bolivar County, MS workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bolivar County, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9506

  2. Census Tract 9505

  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bolivar County, MS was Census Tract 9506 with a value of $54,771, followed by Census Tract 9505 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $28,942 and $25,772.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

37.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bolivar County, MS (11.8k out of 31.5k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    9,504 ± 497

  2. White

    1,789 ± 318

  3. Hispanic

    362 ± 185

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bolivar County, MS 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

11.2k

2017 Value

± 723

-4.02%

1 Year decline

± 9.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bolivar County, MS declined at a rate of -4.02%, from 11.7k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bolivar County, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,379 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,174 people), and Management Occupations (1,110 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bolivar County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bolivar County, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,379 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,174 people), and Management Occupations (1,110 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bolivar County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.71 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.93 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.86 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bolivar County, MS, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,024), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,733), and Management Occupations ($49,477).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.2k

2017 Value

± 723

-4.02%

1 Year decline

± 9.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bolivar County, MS declined at a rate of -4.02%, from 11.7k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bolivar County, MS, are Educational Services (1,668 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,642 people), and Retail Trade (1,430 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bolivar County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Bolivar County, MS 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 Bolivar County, MS, by number of employees, are Educational Services (1,668 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,642 people), and Retail Trade (1,430 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bolivar County, MS has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.13 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.6 times), and Public Administration (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bolivar County, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,369), Information ($62,823), and Transportation & Warehousing ($51,083).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $39.9B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $39.9B, followed by Textiles/leather with $25.1B and Mixed freight and $13.1B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$187B

2015 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

48.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Mississippi trade was $187B. This is expected to increase 48.7% to $277B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.4B

  2. $16.3B

  3. $15.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $34.4B, followed by Tennessee with $16.3B and Louisiana and $15.4B.

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

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Health

82.5% of the population of Bolivar County, MS has health coverage, with 29.5% on employee plans, 33.9% on Medicaid, 9.4% on Medicare, 8.95% on non-group plans, and 0.824% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bolivar County, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Bolivar County, MS see 1851 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.3% decrease from the previous year (2110 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2728 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1926 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,851 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bolivar County, MS see an average of 1,851 patients per year. This represents a 12.3% decrease from the previous year (2,110 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Bolivar County, MS 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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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

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

17.5%

Uninsured

29.5%

Employer Coverage

33.9%

Medicaid

9.4%

Medicare

8.95%

Non-Group

0.824%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bolivar County, MS declined by 1.82% from 17.8% to 17.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bolivar County, MS 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. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

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

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Diversity

Bolivar County, MS is home to a population of 33.1k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.02% of Bolivar County, MS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bolivar County, MS is composed of 21.2k Black or African American Alone residents (64.2%), 10.7k White Alone residents (32.4%), 696 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.1%), 309 Asian Alone residents (0.933%), 91 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.275%), 58 Two or More Races residents (0.175%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bolivar County, MS are Spanish or Spanish Creole (586 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (82 speakers), and Gujarati (52 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.1

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bolivar County, MS was 35. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Bolivar County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bolivar County, MS residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.02%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.88%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.02% of Bolivar County, MS residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bolivar County, MS was 1.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bolivar County, MS was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Bolivar County, MS residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Bolivar County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bolivar County, MS was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    21.2k ± 106

  2. White Alone

    10.7k ± 27

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    696 ± 204

In 2017, there were 1.98 times more Black or African American Alone residents (21.2k people) in Bolivar County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.7k White Alone and 696 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 Bolivar County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    586 speakers (1.87%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    82 speakers (0.261%)

  3. Gujarati

    52 speakers (0.166%)

2.8% of Bolivar County, MS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Bolivar County, MS was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.87% of the overall population of Bolivar County, MS are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.261% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.166% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    299 ± 119

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    295 ± 159

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    180 ± 77

Bolivar County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bolivar County, MS awarded 801 degrees. The student population of Bolivar County, MS is skewed towards women, with 1,413 male students and 2,171 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bolivar County, MS are White (459 and 59.5%), followed by Black or African American (274 and 35.5%), Unknown (14 and 1.81%), and Hispanic or Latino (12 and 1.55%).

The largest universities in Bolivar County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Delta State University (801 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Bolivar County, MS are Elementary Education & Teaching (96 and 12%), General Business Administration & Management (81 and 10.1%), and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (72 and 8.99%).

The median tuition costs in Bolivar County, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,298 and $6,298 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 55 degrees awarded

  2. 46 degrees awarded

  3. 57 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bolivar County, MS was Registered Nursing with 55 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

801 degrees awarded

$6,298

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Bolivar County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delta State University with 801 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

266

Degrees Awarded to Men

535

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 266 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bolivar County, MS, which is 0.497 times less than the 535 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    459 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    274 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    14 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bolivar County, MS were to White students. These 459 degrees mean that there were 1.68 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 274 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bolivar County, MS was $89,100 in 2017, which is 0.409 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $86,100 to $89,100, a 3.48% increase. The homeownership rate in Bolivar County, MS is 55.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bolivar County, MS have an average commute time of 17.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bolivar County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$28,468

Median Household Income

± $2,121

12.3k

Number of Households

± 682

In 2017, the median household income of the 12.3k households in Bolivar County, MS grew to $28,468 from the previous year's value of $27,457.

The following chart displays the households in Bolivar County, MS 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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Housing

Property Value

$89,100

2017 Median

± $4,171

$86,100

2016 Median

± $3,400

In 2017, the median property value in Bolivar County, MS grew to to $89,100 from the previous year's value of $86,100.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

55.4%

2017 Homeownership

53.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 55.4% of the housing units in Bolivar County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.3%.

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

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Commute Time

17.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bolivar County, MS have a shorter commute time (17.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.59% of the workforce in Bolivar County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.7%

  2. Carpooled

    11.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.6%

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

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