Cowley County, KS

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Population

35,732

0.681% decline

Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$46,624

3.7% growth

Poverty Rate

16%


Number of Employees

15,567

0.416% decline

Median Property Value

$85,700

3.25% growth

About

In 2017, Cowley County, KS had a population of 35.7k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $46,624. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cowley County, KS declined from 35,977 to 35,732, a -0.681% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,960 to $46,624, a 3.7% increase.

The population of Cowley County, KS is 80.2% White Alone, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.2% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Cowley County, KS speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cowley County, KS are Southwestern College (155900) (646 degrees awarded in 2016) and Cowley County Community College (595 degrees).

The median property value in Cowley County, KS is $85,700, and the homeownership rate is 65.9%. Most people in Cowley County, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Cowley County, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Cowley County, KS employs 15.6k people. The largest industries in Cowley County, KS are Manufacturing (3,536 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,023 people), and Educational Services (1,925 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($53,750), Utilities ($50,750), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,438).

Median household income in Cowley County, KS is $46,624. Males in Cowley County, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,397. The income inequality in Cowley County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,624

2017 value

± $2,505

3.7%

1 Year Growth

± 7.96%

Households in Cowley County, KS have a median annual income of $46,624, 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 $44,960 in 2016, which represents a 3.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,808

Average Male Salary

± $1,876

$43,397

Average Female Salary

± $1,361

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

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

    $49,738 ± $7,478

  2. White

    $46,915 ± $1,173

  3. American Indian

    $42,999 ± $12,605

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 Cowley County, KS is from Kansas.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Kansas 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 4933

  2. Census Tract 4939

  3. Census Tract 4936

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cowley County, KS was Census Tract 4933 with a value of $63,438, followed by Census Tract 4939 and Census Tract 4936, with respective values of $63,087 and $52,803.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cowley County, KS (5.38k out of 33.6k 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 6 - 11.

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

    4,903 ± 436

  2. Hispanic

    1,182 ± 228

  3. Two Or More

    205 ± 114

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cowley County, KS 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

15.6k

2017 Value

± 687

-0.416%

1 Year decline

± 6.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cowley County, KS declined at a rate of -0.416%, from 15.6k employees to 15.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cowley County, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,083 people), Production Occupations (1,928 people), and Management Occupations (1,267 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cowley County, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cowley County, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,083 people), Production Occupations (1,928 people), and Management Occupations (1,267 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cowley County, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.14 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.75 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.73 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cowley County, KS, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,750), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,375), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($65,054).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.6k

2017 Value

± 687

-0.416%

1 Year decline

± 6.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cowley County, KS declined at a rate of -0.416%, from 15.6k employees to 15.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cowley County, KS, are Manufacturing (3,536 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,023 people), and Educational Services (1,925 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cowley County, KS, though some of these residents may live in Cowley County, KS 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 Cowley County, KS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,536 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,023 people), and Educational Services (1,925 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cowley County, KS has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.35 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.26 times), and Manufacturing (2.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cowley County, KS, by median earnings, are Information ($53,750), Utilities ($50,750), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,438).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains ($24.1B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($22B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $357B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

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

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Health

89.5% of the population of Cowley County, KS has health coverage, with 47.5% on employee plans, 14.7% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cowley County, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Cowley County, KS see 1884 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.71% decrease from the previous year (1998 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2554 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 831 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,884 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cowley County, KS see an average of 1,884 patients per year. This represents a 5.71% decrease from the previous year (1,998 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cowley County, KS 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

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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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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

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

47.5%

Employer Coverage

14.7%

Medicaid

13%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cowley County, KS declined by 8.12% from 11.4% to 10.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cowley County, KS 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. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Cowley County, KS is home to a population of 35.7k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.5% of Cowley County, KS residents were born outside of the country (1.25k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Cowley County, KS is composed of 28.7k White Alone residents (80.2%), 3.78k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.6%), 1.14k Two or More Races residents (3.2%), 934 Black or African American Alone residents (2.61%), 632 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.77%), 572 Asian Alone residents (1.6%), 12 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0336%), and 6 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0168%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cowley County, KS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cowley County, KS was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Cowley County, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cowley County, KS residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.25k people

3.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.37k people

As of 2017, 3.5% of Cowley County, KS residents (1.25k 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 Cowley County, KS was 3.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    85,360 ± 7,067 people

  2. India

    11,676 ± 2,648 people

  3. Vietnam

    10,096 ± 2,463 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Kansas residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

98.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.2% of Cowley County, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cowley County, KS was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    28.7k ± 15

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.78k ± 462

  3. Two or More Races

    1.14k ± 188

In 2017, there were 7.58 times more White Alone residents (28.7k people) in Cowley County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.78k Hispanic or Latino and 1.14k 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 Cowley County, KS 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 Cowley County, KS 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 Cowley County, KS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Cowley County, KS 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

    907 ± 124

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    440 ± 141

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    277 ± 91

Cowley County, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.06 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cowley County, KS awarded 1,241 degrees. The student population of Cowley County, KS is skewed towards women, with 2,060 male students and 2,346 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cowley County, KS are White (855 and 71.2%), followed by Black or African American (117 and 9.74%), Hispanic or Latino (94 and 7.83%), and Unknown (67 and 5.58%).

The largest universities in Cowley County, KS by number of degrees awarded are Southwestern College (155900) (646 and 52.1%) and Cowley County Community College (595 and 47.9%).

The most popular majors in Cowley County, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (429 and 34.6%), General Business Administration & Management (88 and 7.09%), and Curriculum & Instruction (47 and 3.79%).

The median tuition costs in Cowley County, KS are $27,100 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 10 degrees awarded

  2. 428 degrees awarded

  3. 32 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cowley County, KS was Child Care & Support Services Management with 10 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Cowley County, KS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 646 degrees awarded

  2. 595 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$27,100

Median Private

In 2016, the Cowley County, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southwestern College (155900) with 646 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

642

Degrees Awarded to Men

599

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 642 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cowley County, KS, which is 1.07 times more than the 599 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

    855 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    117 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    94 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cowley County, KS were to White students. These 855 degrees mean that there were 7.31 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 117 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cowley County, KS was $85,700 in 2017, which is 0.394 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $83,000 to $85,700, a 3.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Cowley County, KS is 65.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cowley County, KS have an average commute time of 17.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cowley County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$46,624

Median Household Income

± $2,505

13.7k

Number of Households

± 623

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.7k households in Cowley County, KS grew to $46,624 from the previous year's value of $44,960.

The following chart displays the households in Cowley County, KS 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

$85,700

2017 Median

± $2,800

$83,000

2016 Median

± $3,177

In 2017, the median property value in Cowley County, KS grew to to $85,700 from the previous year's value of $83,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cowley County, KS 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 Cowley County, KS 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 Cowley County, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cowley County, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.9%

2017 Homeownership

65.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.9% of the housing units in Cowley County, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

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

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Commute Time

17.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cowley County, KS have a shorter commute time (17.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.951% of the workforce in Cowley County, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Carpooled

    12.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.47%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cowley County, KS was Drove Alone (80.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.7%) and those who Worked At Home (3.47%).

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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