Eau Claire, WI

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Population

67,945

0.43% growth

Median Age

31.4


Median Household Income

$47,660

4.97% growth

Poverty Rate

17.4%


Number of Employees

38,191

0.709% growth

Median Property Value

$143,200

1.34% growth

About

In 2017, Eau Claire, WI had a population of 67.9k people with a median age of 31.4 and a median household income of $47,660. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Eau Claire, WI grew from 67,654 to 67,945, a 0.43% increase and its median household income grew from $45,403 to $47,660, a 4.97% increase.

The population of Eau Claire, WI is 88.9% White Alone, 4.72% Asian Alone, and 2.37% Hispanic or Latino. 6.3% of the people in Eau Claire, WI speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Eau Claire, WI are University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2,426 degrees awarded in 2016), Chippewa Valley Technical College (2,073 degrees), and Globe University-Eau Claire (52 degrees).

The median property value in Eau Claire, WI is $143,200, and the homeownership rate is 54.3%. Most people in Eau Claire, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Eau Claire, WI is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers in Eau Claire, WI.

Economy

The economy of Eau Claire, WI employs 38.2k people. The largest industries in Eau Claire, WI are Retail Trade (6,973 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,529 people), and Educational Services (4,390 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,028), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,237), and Public Administration ($49,443).

Median household income in Eau Claire, WI is $47,660. Males in Eau Claire, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Eau Claire, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,660

2017 value

± $2,141

4.97%

1 Year Growth

± 7.32%

Households in Eau Claire, WI have a median annual income of $47,660, 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 $45,403 in 2016, which represents a 4.97% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Eau Claire, WI made 1.33 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

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Eau Claire, WI workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 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 Eau Claire, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin 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 16

  2. Census Tract 104

  3. Census Tract 8.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Eau Claire, WI was Census Tract 16 with a value of $71,633, followed by Census Tract 104 and Census Tract 8.01, with respective values of $70,663 and $67,115.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Eau Claire, WI (11.1k out of 64k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 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

    9,304 ± 684

  2. Asian

    797 ± 179

  3. Hispanic

    504 ± 174

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Eau Claire, WI is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

38.2k

2017 Value

± 1,407

0.709%

1 Year growth

± 5.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Eau Claire, WI grew at a rate of 0.709%, from 37.9k employees to 38.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Eau Claire, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,122 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,532 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,031 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Eau Claire, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Eau Claire, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,122 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,532 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,031 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Eau Claire, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.47 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.42 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Eau Claire, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($86,184), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,875), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,736).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

38.2k

2017 Value

± 1,407

0.709%

1 Year growth

± 5.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Eau Claire, WI grew at a rate of 0.709%, from 37.9k employees to 38.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Eau Claire, WI, are Retail Trade (6,973 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,529 people), and Educational Services (4,390 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Eau Claire, WI, though some of these residents may live in Eau Claire, WI 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 Eau Claire, WI, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (6,973 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,529 people), and Educational Services (4,390 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Eau Claire, WI has an unusually high number of Retail Trade (1.6 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.57 times), and Utilities (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Eau Claire, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($54,028), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,237), and Public Administration ($49,443).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight with $28B and Machinery and $26B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

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

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Health

92.9% of the population of Eau Claire, WI has health coverage, with 55.6% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 9.63% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Eau Claire, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Eau Claire, WI see 1247 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.565% increase from the previous year (1240 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1516 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 560 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1247 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Wisconsin see an average of 1247 patients per year. This represents a 0.565% increase from the previous year (1240 patients).

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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%).

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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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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

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

7.13%

Uninsured

55.6%

Employer Coverage

13.3%

Medicaid

9.63%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

1.16%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Eau Claire, WI grew by 1.75% from 7.01% to 7.13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Eau Claire, WI 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. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

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Diversity

Eau Claire, WI is home to a population of 67.9k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.27% of Eau Claire, WI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Eau Claire, WI is composed of 60.4k White Alone residents (88.9%), 3.21k Asian Alone residents (4.72%), 1.61k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.37%), 1.33k Two or More Races residents (1.96%), 641 Black or African American Alone residents (0.943%), 390 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.574%), 291 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.428%), and 44 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0648%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Eau Claire, WI are Hmong (1,487 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (865 speakers), and Chinese (377 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Eau Claire, WI was 31.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Eau Claire, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Eau Claire, WI residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.66%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.27% of Eau Claire, WI 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 Eau Claire, WI was 3.66%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Eau Claire, WI was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Eau Claire, WI residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Eau Claire, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Eau Claire, WI was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    60.4k ± 506

  2. Asian Alone

    3.21k ± 394

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.61k ± 313

In 2017, there were 18.8 times more White Alone residents (60.4k people) in Eau Claire, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.21k Asian Alone and 1.61k 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 Eau Claire, WI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Hmong

    1,487 speakers (2.32%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    865 speakers (1.35%)

  3. Chinese

    377 speakers (0.589%)

6.3% of Eau Claire, WI 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 Eau Claire, WI was Hmong. 2.32% of the overall population of Eau Claire, WI are native Hmong speakers. 1.35% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.589% speak Hmong, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,267 ± 190

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    698 ± 229

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    414 ± 133

Eau Claire, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Eau Claire, WI awarded 4,551 degrees. The student population of Eau Claire, WI is skewed towards women, with 7,157 male students and 10,174 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Eau Claire, WI are White (4,083 and 90.8%), followed by Asian (121 and 2.69%), Two or More Races (86 and 1.91%), and Unknown (70 and 1.56%).

The largest universities in Eau Claire, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2,426 and 53.3%), Chippewa Valley Technical College (2,073 and 45.6%), and Globe University-Eau Claire (52 and 1.14%).

The most popular majors in Eau Claire, WI are Registered Nursing (328 and 7.21%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (327 and 7.19%), and General Business Administration & Management (288 and 6.33%).

The median tuition costs in Eau Claire, WI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,361 and $14,934 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 144 degrees awarded

  2. 163 degrees awarded

  3. 146 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Eau Claire, WI was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 144 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,426 degrees awarded

  2. 2,073 degrees awarded

  3. 52 degrees awarded

$7,361

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Eau Claire, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with 2,426 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,940

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,611

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,940 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Eau Claire, WI, which is 0.743 times less than the 2,611 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

    4,083 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    121 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    86 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Eau Claire, WI were to White students. These 4,083 degrees mean that there were 33.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 121 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Eau Claire, WI was $143,200 in 2017, which is 0.658 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $141,300 to $143,200, a 1.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Eau Claire, WI is 54.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Eau Claire, WI have an average commute time of 15.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Eau Claire, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$47,660

Median Household Income

± $2,141

27.4k

Number of Households

± 1,075

In 2017, the median household income of the 27.4k households in Eau Claire, WI grew to $47,660 from the previous year's value of $45,403.

The following chart displays the households in Eau Claire, WI 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

$143,200

2017 Median

± $2,535

$141,300

2016 Median

± $2,307

In 2017, the median property value in Eau Claire, WI grew to to $143,200 from the previous year's value of $141,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Eau Claire, WI 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 Eau Claire, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

54.3%

2017 Homeownership

53.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.3% of the housing units in Eau Claire, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.6%.

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

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Commute Time

15.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Eau Claire, WI have a shorter commute time (15.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.56% of the workforce in Eau Claire, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.23%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.57%

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

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