Dover, DE

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Population

173,145

0.974% growth

Poverty Rate

13%


Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$57,647

4.46% growth

Number of Employees

78,078

2.52% growth

Median Property Value

$205,800

3% growth

About

In 2017, Dover, DE had a population of 173k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $57,647. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Dover, DE grew from 171,474 to 173,145, a 0.974% increase and its median household income grew from $55,184 to $57,647, a 4.46% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dover, DE are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (24.1%), White (Hispanic) (4.1%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (3.54%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2%). N/A% of the people in Dover, DE speak a non-English language, and 97.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dover, DE are Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,834 degrees awarded in 2017), Delaware State University (694 degrees), and Wesley College (251 degrees).

The median property value in Dover, DE is $205,800, and the homeownership rate is 69.6%. Most people in Dover, DE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Dover, DE is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Delaware (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Dover, DE employs 78.1k people. The largest industries in Dover, DE are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,889 people), Retail Trade (10,982 people), and Public Administration (8,069 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,332), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,938), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,989).

Median household income in Dover, DE is $57,647. Males in Dover, DE have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,179. The income inequality in Dover, DE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,647

2017 value

± $1,456

4.46%

1 Year Growth

± 3.44%

Households in Dover, DE have a median annual income of $57,647, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,184 in 2016, which represents a 4.46% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,884

Average Male Salary

± $3,695

$52,179

Average Female Salary

± $2,576

In 2017, full-time male employees in Delaware made 1.26 times more than female employees.

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

    $68,064 ± $11,800

  2. White

    $53,447 ± $2,550

  3. Black

    $42,061 ± $3,431

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Delaware workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.27 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 Delaware by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dover, DE is from Delaware.

0.454

2017 Wage GINI

0.447

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Delaware was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.5% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Delaware 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dover, DE was New Castle County, DE with a value of $69,479, followed by Sussex County, DE and Kent County, DE, with respective values of $60,277 and $54,419.

The following map shows all of the counties in Dover, DE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dover, DE (21.7k out of 168k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. 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. White

    12,005 ± 750

  2. Black

    6,583 ± 619

  3. Hispanic

    2,807 ± 365

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dover, DE 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

78.1k

2017 Value

± 2,053

2.52%

1 Year growth

± 3.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dover, DE grew at a rate of 2.52%, from 76.2k employees to 78.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dover, DE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,292 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,620 people), and Management Occupations (7,487 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dover, DE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dover, DE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,292 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,620 people), and Management Occupations (7,487 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Dover, DE has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.91 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.47 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dover, DE, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,809), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,417), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($57,679).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

78.1k

2017 Value

± 2,053

2.52%

1 Year growth

± 3.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dover, DE grew at a rate of 2.52%, from 76.2k employees to 78.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dover, DE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,889 people), Retail Trade (10,982 people), and Public Administration (8,069 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dover, DE, though some of these residents may live in Dover, DE 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 Dover, DE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,889 people), Retail Trade (10,982 people), and Public Administration (8,069 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Dover, DE has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.21 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.48 times), and Retail Trade (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dover, DE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,332), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,938), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,989).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $14.6B

  2. $6.24B

  3. $5.09B

In 2015, the top outbound Delaware product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $14.6B, followed by Basic chemicals ($6.24B) and Gasoline ($5.09B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$51.9B

2020 Value

$80.6B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Delaware trade was $51.9B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $80.6B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $5.92B

  2. $4.9B

  3. $3.76B

In 2015, the top outbound Delaware domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $5.92B, followed by Ohio with $4.9B and Massachusetts and $3.76B.

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

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Health

92.4% of the population of Dover, DE has health coverage, with 42.6% on employee plans, 19.2% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 15.5% on non-group plans, and 4.56% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Dover, DE was $10,254 in 2014. This is a 5% increase from the previous year ($9,766).

Primary care physicians in Dover, DE see 1403 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.52% increase from the previous year (1382 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2074 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 433 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.7%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,403 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Delaware see an average of 1,403 patients per year. This represents a 1.52% increase from the previous year (1,382 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Delaware in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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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$10,254

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,806

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,921

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,460

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Delaware (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5%, from $9,766 to $10,254.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.58%

Uninsured

42.6%

Employer Coverage

19.2%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

15.5%

Non-Group

4.56%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dover, DE declined by 2.37% from 7.77% to 7.58%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dover, DE 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. 13.7% prevalence

  2. 13.5% prevalence

  3. 9.8% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Delaware, at 13.7%.

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

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Diversity

Dover, DE is home to a population of 173k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.99% of Dover, DE residents were born outside of the country (10.4k people).

In 2017, there were 2.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (109k people) in Dover, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Dover, DE was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Dover, DE are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Dover, DE residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.99%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.4k people

5.76%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

9.88k people

As of 2017, 5.99% of Dover, DE residents (10.4k 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 Dover, DE was 5.76%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    16,081 ± 3,087 people

  2. India

    11,282 ± 2,592 people

  3. China

    5,479 ± 1,812 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Delaware was Mexico, the natal country of 16,081 Delaware residents, followed by India with 11,282 and China with 5,479.

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Citizenship

97.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.2% of Dover, DE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Dover, DE was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dover, DE

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    109k ± 109

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    41.7k ± 682

  3. White (Hispanic)

    7.1k ± 664

In 2017, there were 2.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (109k people) in Dover, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Dover, DE as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    5,151 ± 445

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,412 ± 510

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,073 ± 392

Dover, DE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Dover, DE awarded 3,017 degrees. The student population of Dover, DE is skewed towards women, with 7,539 male students and 12,795 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dover, DE are White (1,485 and 50.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,031 and 34.9%), Hispanic or Latino (217 and 7.35%), and Asian (95 and 3.22%).

The largest universities in Dover, DE by number of degrees awarded are Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,834 and 60.8%), Delaware State University (694 and 23%), and Wesley College (251 and 8.32%).

The most popular majors in Dover, DE are Registered Nursing (392 and 13%), General Business Administration & Management (196 and 6.5%), and General Human Services (156 and 5.17%).

The median tuition costs in Dover, DE are $26,406 for private four year colleges, and $5,259 and $12,387 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 117 degrees awarded

  2. 330 degrees awarded

  3. 153 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Dover, DE was Criminal Justice - Police Science with 117 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,834 degrees awarded

  2. 694 degrees awarded

  3. 251 degrees awarded

$5,259

Median In-State Public

$26,406

Median Private

In 2017, the Dover, DE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delaware Technical Community College-Terry with 1,834 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,051

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,966

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,051 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dover, DE, which is 0.535 times less than the 1,966 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Dover, DE by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,485 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,031 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    217 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Dover, DE were to White students. These 1,485 degrees mean that there were 1.44 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,031 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dover, DE was $205,800 in 2017, which is 0.896 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $199,800 to $205,800, a 3% increase. The homeownership rate in Dover, DE is 69.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dover, DE have an average commute time of 25.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dover, DE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$205,800

2017 Median

± $3,529

$199,800

2016 Median

± $3,342

In 2017, the median property value in Dover, DE grew to to $205,800 from the previous year's value of $199,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dover, DE 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 Dover, DE the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$57,647

Median Household Income

± $1,456

63.4k

Number of Households

± 1,749

In 2017, the median household income of the 63.4k households in Dover, DE grew to $57,647 from the previous year's value of $55,184.

The following chart displays the households in Dover, DE 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.6%

2017 Homeownership

69.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.6% of the housing units in Dover, DE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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

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Commute Time

25.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dover, DE have a longer commute time (25.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.2% of the workforce in Dover, DE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.64%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.18%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Dover, DE was Drove Alone (82.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.64%) and those who Worked At Home (4.18%).

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 Dover, DE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dover, DE have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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