Fort Collins, CO

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Population

343,976

1.17% growth

Median Age

36


Median Household Income

$69,102

3.96% growth

Poverty Rate

12.4%


Number of Employees

178,403

0.217% growth

Median Property Value

$359,800

5.85% growth

About

In 2017, Fort Collins, CO had a population of 344k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $69,102. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fort Collins, CO grew from 339,993 to 343,976, a 1.17% increase and its median household income grew from $66,469 to $69,102, a 3.96% increase.

The population of Fort Collins, CO is 82.6% White Alone, 11.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.13% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Fort Collins, CO speak a non-English language, and 96.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Collins, CO are Colorado State University-Fort Collins (7,353 degrees awarded in 2016), IBMC College (372329) (259 degrees), and Hair Dynamics Education Center (84 degrees).

The median property value in Fort Collins, CO is $359,800, and the homeownership rate is 66.6%. Most people in Fort Collins, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Collins, CO is 2 cars per household.

Fort Collins, CO borders Boulder, CO, Greeley, CO, Cheyenne, WY, and Laramie, WY.

Economy

The economy of Fort Collins, CO employs 178k people. The largest industries in Fort Collins, CO are Educational Services (23,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (20,887 people), and Retail Trade (20,471 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,407), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,012), and Public Administration ($65,778).

Median household income in Fort Collins, CO is $69,102. Males in Fort Collins, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,627. The income inequality in Fort Collins, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$69,102

2017 value

± $4,798

3.96%

1 Year Growth

± 7.79%

Households in Fort Collins, CO have a median annual income of $69,102, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $66,469 in 2016, which represents a 3.96% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,370

Average Male Salary

± $1,540

$53,627

Average Female Salary

± $1,308

In 2017, full-time male employees in Fort Collins, CO made 1.31 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $63,284 ± $33,979

  2. Asian

    $57,318 ± $5,622

  3. White

    $55,910 ± $1,010

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Fort Collins, CO workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Collins, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.456% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado 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 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Collins, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $111,482, followed by Broomfield County, CO and Boulder County, CO, with respective values of $90,939 and $80,834.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Collins, CO (40k out of 321k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower 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

    34,438 ± 1,341

  2. Hispanic

    7,255 ± 635

  3. Two Or More

    2,006 ± 359

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Collins, CO 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

178k

2017 Value

± 7,253

0.217%

1 Year growth

± 5.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Collins, CO grew at a rate of 0.217%, from 178k employees to 178k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Collins, CO, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,313 people), Registered Nurses (4,921 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (4,519 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Collins, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Collins, CO, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,313 people), Registered Nurses (4,921 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (4,519 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Collins, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (5.3 times higher than expected), Extraction Workers (4.22 times), and Social Scientists & Related Workers (3.24 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Collins, CO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,133), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,800), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($78,393).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

178k

2017 Value

± 7,253

0.217%

1 Year growth

± 5.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Collins, CO grew at a rate of 0.217%, from 178k employees to 178k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Collins, CO, are Educational Services (23,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (20,887 people), and Retail Trade (20,471 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Collins, CO, though some of these residents may live in Fort Collins, CO 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 Fort Collins, CO, by number of employees, are Educational Services (23,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (20,887 people), and Retail Trade (20,471 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Collins, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.67 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.45 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Collins, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,407), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,012), and Public Administration ($65,778).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.1B

  2. $22.9B

  3. $15.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $30.1B, followed by Mixed freight with $22.9B and Electronics and $15.7B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$208B

2015 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Colorado trade was $208B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $314B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.5B

  2. $9.22B

  3. $7.43B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $12.5B, followed by Nebraska with $9.22B and California and $7.43B.

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

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Health

93.7% of the population of Fort Collins, CO has health coverage, with 51.4% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 17.3% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fort Collins, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Fort Collins, CO see 1243 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1238 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1291 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 326 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1243 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1243 patients per year. This represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1238 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

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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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

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

6.31%

Uninsured

51.4%

Employer Coverage

11.7%

Medicaid

11.8%

Medicare

17.3%

Non-Group

1.46%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Collins, CO declined by 3.09% from 6.51% to 6.31%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Collins, CO 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. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

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

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Diversity

Fort Collins, CO is home to a population of 344k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.17% of Fort Collins, CO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Fort Collins, CO is composed of 284k White Alone residents (82.6%), 39.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.4%), 7.32k Asian Alone residents (2.13%), 6.75k Two or More Races residents (1.96%), 3.78k Black or African American Alone residents (1.1%), 1.84k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.535%), 488 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.142%), and 311 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0904%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fort Collins, CO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fort Collins, CO was 36. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Fort Collins, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fort Collins, CO residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.17%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.85%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.17% of Fort Collins, CO 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 Fort Collins, CO was 4.85%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    234,816 ± 11,645 people

  2. India

    20,457 ± 3,505 people

  3. China

    19,921 ± 3,459 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Fort Collins, CO was Mexico, the natal country of 234,816 Fort Collins, CO residents, followed by India with 20,457 and China with 19,921.

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Citizenship

96.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.2% of Fort Collins, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Collins, CO was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    284k ± 713

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    39.4k ± 2.82k

  3. Asian Alone

    7.32k ± 986

In 2017, there were 7.22 times more White Alone residents (284k people) in Fort Collins, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.4k Hispanic or Latino and 7.32k 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 Fort Collins, CO 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 Fort Collins, CO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Fort Collins, CO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Fort Collins, CO 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

    7,574 ± 1,085

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,724 ± 1,179

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,897 ± 984

Fort Collins, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fort Collins, CO awarded 7,808 degrees. The student population of Fort Collins, CO is skewed towards women, with 15,366 male students and 17,254 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Collins, CO are White (5,668 and 77.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (703 and 9.64%), Unknown (358 and 4.91%), and Two or More Races (221 and 3.03%).

The largest universities in Fort Collins, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado State University-Fort Collins (7,353 and 94.2%), IBMC College (372329) (259 and 3.32%), and Hair Dynamics Education Center (84 and 1.08%).

The most popular majors in Fort Collins, CO are General Business Administration & Management (1,091 and 14%), General Human Development & Family Studies (313 and 4.01%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (286 and 3.66%).

The median tuition costs in Fort Collins, CO are $18,021 for private four year colleges, and $8,716 and $26,010 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fort Collins, CO was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 276 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,353 degrees awarded

  2. 259 degrees awarded

  3. 84 degrees awarded

$8,716

Median In-State Public

$18,021

Median Private

In 2016, the Fort Collins, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado State University-Fort Collins with 7,353 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,405

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,403

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,405 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Collins, CO, which is 0.773 times less than the 4,403 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

    5,668 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    703 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    358 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fort Collins, CO were to White students. These 5,668 degrees mean that there were 8.06 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 703 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Collins, CO was $359,800 in 2017, which is 1.65 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $339,900 to $359,800, a 5.85% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Collins, CO is 66.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Collins, CO have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Collins, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$69,102

Median Household Income

± $4,798

135k

Number of Households

± 5,739

In 2017, the median household income of the 135k households in Fort Collins, CO grew to $69,102 from the previous year's value of $66,469.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Collins, CO 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

$359,800

2017 Median

± $8,003

$339,900

2016 Median

± $7,605

In 2017, the median property value in Fort Collins, CO grew to to $359,800 from the previous year's value of $339,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fort Collins, CO 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 Fort Collins, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.6%

2017 Homeownership

63.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.6% of the housing units in Fort Collins, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.8%.

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

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Collins, CO have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.1% of the workforce in Fort Collins, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.6%

  2. Worked At Home

    9.18%

  3. Carpooled

    8.01%

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

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