Fitchburg, MA

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Population

40,666

0.556% growth

Median Age

35.4


Median Household Income

$51,412

1.57% growth

Poverty Rate

17.9%


Number of Employees

18,892

0.185% decline

Median Property Value

$183,400

1.78% growth

About

In 2017, Fitchburg, MA had a population of 40.7k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $51,412. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fitchburg, MA grew from 40,441 to 40,666, a 0.556% increase and its median household income grew from $50,617 to $51,412, a 1.57% increase.

The population of Fitchburg, MA is 64.3% White Alone, 26.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.69% Asian Alone. 27% of the people in Fitchburg, MA speak a non-English language, and 94.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fitchburg, MA are Fitchburg State University (1,227 degrees awarded in 2016) and Monty Tech (32 degrees).

The median property value in Fitchburg, MA is $183,400, and the homeownership rate is 52.7%. Most people in Fitchburg, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Fitchburg, MA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Fitchburg, MA employs 18.9k people. The largest industries in Fitchburg, MA are Retail Trade (2,902 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,813 people), and Manufacturing (2,748 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,000), Public Administration ($64,950), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,917).

Median household income in Fitchburg, MA is $51,412. Males in Fitchburg, MA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,850. The income inequality in Fitchburg, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,412

2017 value

± $3,541

1.57%

1 Year Growth

± 9.95%

Households in Fitchburg, MA have a median annual income of $51,412, 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 $50,617 in 2016, which represents a 1.57% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,043

Average Male Salary

± $1,786

$62,850

Average Female Salary

± $1,306

In 2017, full-time male employees in Fitchburg, MA made 1.34 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

    $68,516 ± $4,051

  2. White

    $64,668 ± $1,113

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,586 ± $39,015

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Fitchburg, MA 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 Fitchburg, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.485

2017 Wage GINI

0.485

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.485 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0457% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts 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 7111

  2. Census Tract 7103

  3. Census Tract 7102

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fitchburg, MA was Census Tract 7111 with a value of $80,150, followed by Census Tract 7103 and Census Tract 7102, with respective values of $69,464 and $60,875.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fitchburg, MA (6.96k out of 38.8k 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 Females 25 - 34 and then Males < 5.

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

    5,085 ± 531

  2. Hispanic

    3,582 ± 475

  3. Other

    716 ± 236

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fitchburg, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

18.9k

2017 Value

± 1,016

-0.185%

1 Year decline

± 7.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fitchburg, MA declined at a rate of -0.185%, from 18.9k employees to 18.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fitchburg, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,781 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,069 people), and Production Occupations (1,616 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fitchburg, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fitchburg, MA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,781 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,069 people), and Production Occupations (1,616 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fitchburg, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.77 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.53 times), and Production Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fitchburg, MA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($130,833), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($85,156), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($82,206).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.9k

2017 Value

± 1,016

-0.185%

1 Year decline

± 7.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fitchburg, MA declined at a rate of -0.185%, from 18.9k employees to 18.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fitchburg, MA, are Retail Trade (2,902 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,813 people), and Manufacturing (2,748 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fitchburg, MA, though some of these residents may live in Fitchburg, MA 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 Fitchburg, MA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (2,902 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,813 people), and Manufacturing (2,748 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fitchburg, MA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.44 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.35 times), and Public Administration (1.12 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fitchburg, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,000), Public Administration ($64,950), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,917).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $31.5B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $24.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $31.5B, followed by Mixed freight with $27.2B and Electronics and $24.1B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$240B

2015 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $240B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $364B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.2B

  2. $13.2B

  3. $12.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $13.2B, followed by New York with $13.2B and Connecticut and $12.7B.

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

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Health

95.6% of the population of Fitchburg, MA has health coverage, with 44.2% on employee plans, 29.3% on Medicaid, 9.7% on Medicare, 11.4% on non-group plans, and 0.968% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Fitchburg, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Fitchburg, MA see 954 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.421% increase from the previous year (950 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1010 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 185 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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954 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Massachusetts see an average of 954 patients per year. This represents a 0.421% increase from the previous year (950 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%).

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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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

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

4.36%

Uninsured

44.2%

Employer Coverage

29.3%

Medicaid

9.7%

Medicare

11.4%

Non-Group

0.968%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fitchburg, MA grew by 4.68% from 4.17% to 4.36%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fitchburg, MA 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. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

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

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Diversity

Fitchburg, MA is home to a population of 40.7k people, from which 94.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.4% of Fitchburg, MA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Fitchburg, MA is composed of 26.2k White Alone residents (64.3%), 10.8k Hispanic or Latino residents (26.5%), 1.5k Asian Alone residents (3.69%), 1.37k Black or African American Alone residents (3.37%), 727 Two or More Races residents (1.79%), 76 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.187%), 42 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.103%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fitchburg, MA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (7,044 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (635 speakers), and African Languages (378 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fitchburg, MA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Fitchburg, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fitchburg, MA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 11.4% of Fitchburg, MA 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 Fitchburg, MA was 11.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. China

    88,014 ± 7,236 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    84,884 ± 7,108 people

  3. Brazil

    66,506 ± 6,300 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Fitchburg, MA was China, the natal country of 88,014 Fitchburg, MA residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

94.9%

2017 Citizenship

94.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.9% of Fitchburg, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fitchburg, MA was 94.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    26.2k ± 1.14k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    10.8k ± 1.35k

  3. Asian Alone

    1.5k ± 472

In 2017, there were 2.42 times more White Alone residents (26.2k people) in Fitchburg, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.8k Hispanic or Latino and 1.5k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fitchburg, MA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    7,044 speakers (18.7%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    635 speakers (1.69%)

  3. African Languages

    378 speakers (1.01%)

27% of Fitchburg, MA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Fitchburg, MA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 18.7% of the overall population of Fitchburg, MA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.69% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 1.01% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    621 ± 158

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    385 ± 167

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    277 ± 122

Fitchburg, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fitchburg, MA awarded 1,259 degrees. The student population of Fitchburg, MA is skewed towards women, with 2,533 male students and 4,274 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fitchburg, MA are White (993 and 80.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (104 and 8.44%), Black or African American (57 and 4.63%), and Unknown (34 and 2.76%).

The largest universities in Fitchburg, MA by number of degrees awarded are Fitchburg State University (1,227 and 97.5%) and Monty Tech (32 and 2.54%).

The most popular majors in Fitchburg, MA are Curriculum & Instruction (141 and 11.2%), General Business Administration & Management (136 and 10.8%), and Registered Nursing (106 and 8.42%).

The median tuition costs in Fitchburg, MA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $970 and $7,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 108 degrees awarded

  2. 106 degrees awarded

  3. 63 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fitchburg, MA was General Business Administration & Management with 108 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,227 degrees awarded

  2. 32 degrees awarded

$970

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Fitchburg, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fitchburg State University with 1,227 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

467

Degrees Awarded to Men

792

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 467 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fitchburg, MA, which is 0.59 times less than the 792 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

    993 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    104 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    57 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fitchburg, MA were to White students. These 993 degrees mean that there were 9.55 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 104 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fitchburg, MA was $183,400 in 2017, which is 0.843 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $180,200 to $183,400, a 1.78% increase. The homeownership rate in Fitchburg, MA is 52.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fitchburg, MA have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fitchburg, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$51,412

Median Household Income

± $3,541

14.8k

Number of Households

± 798

In 2017, the median household income of the 14.8k households in Fitchburg, MA grew to $51,412 from the previous year's value of $50,617.

The following chart displays the households in Fitchburg, MA 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

$183,400

2017 Median

± $5,346

$180,200

2016 Median

± $4,392

In 2017, the median property value in Fitchburg, MA grew to to $183,400 from the previous year's value of $180,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fitchburg, MA 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 Fitchburg, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fitchburg, MA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fitchburg, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

52.7%

2017 Homeownership

52.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 52.7% of the housing units in Fitchburg, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 52.4%.

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

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Commute Time

26 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fitchburg, MA have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.98% of the workforce in Fitchburg, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.8%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    3.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fitchburg, MA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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