Hancock County, ME

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Population

54,468

0.0275% decline

Median Age

48.1


Median Household Income

$51,438

2.8% growth

Poverty Rate

11.6%


Number of Employees

26,527

0.227% growth

Median Property Value

$207,300

3.75% growth

About

In 2017, Hancock County, ME had a population of 54.5k people with a median age of 48.1 and a median household income of $51,438. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Hancock County, ME declined from 54,483 to 54,468, a -0.0275% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,037 to $51,438, a 2.8% increase.

The population of Hancock County, ME is 95.1% White Alone, 1.33% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.31% Two or More Races. 3.09% of the people in Hancock County, ME speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hancock County, ME are Maine Maritime Academy (249 degrees awarded in 2016) and College of the Atlantic (86 degrees).

The median property value in Hancock County, ME is $207,300, and the homeownership rate is 73.7%. Most people in Hancock County, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Hancock County, ME is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Hancock County, ME employs 26.5k people. The largest industries in Hancock County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,155 people), Retail Trade (3,438 people), and Educational Services (2,755 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($115,625), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,335), and Utilities ($46,667).

Median household income in Hancock County, ME is $51,438. Males in Hancock County, ME have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,792. The income inequality in Hancock County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,438

2017 value

± $1,931

2.8%

1 Year Growth

± 4.77%

Households in Hancock County, ME have a median annual income of $51,438, 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 $50,037 in 2016, which represents a 2.8% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,075

Average Male Salary

± $2,642

$44,792

Average Female Salary

± $1,926

In 2017, full-time male employees in Hancock County, ME made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Hancock County, ME 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

    $48,746 ± $19,436

  2. White

    $43,832 ± $1,466

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,588 ± $101,474

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Hancock County, ME workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 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 Hancock County, ME by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hancock County, ME is from Maine.

0.447

2017 Wage GINI

0.45

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maine was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.62% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Maine 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 9660

  2. Census Tract 9652

  3. Census Tract 9654

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hancock County, ME was Census Tract 9660 with a value of $67,543, followed by Census Tract 9652 and Census Tract 9654, with respective values of $63,533 and $52,964.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hancock County, ME (6.14k out of 53.1k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    5,771 ± 451

  2. Two Or More

    140 ± 103

  3. Black

    123 ± 128

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hancock County, ME is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

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

26.5k

2017 Value

± 912

0.227%

1 Year growth

± 4.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Hancock County, ME grew at a rate of 0.227%, from 26.5k employees to 26.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hancock County, ME, are Management Occupations (2,892 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,845 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,655 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hancock County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Hancock County, ME, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (2,892 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,845 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,655 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Hancock County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.87 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.11 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.56 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Hancock County, ME, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,083), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,370), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,065).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

26.5k

2017 Value

± 912

0.227%

1 Year growth

± 4.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Hancock County, ME grew at a rate of 0.227%, from 26.5k employees to 26.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hancock County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,155 people), Retail Trade (3,438 people), and Educational Services (2,755 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hancock County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Hancock County, ME 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 Hancock County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,155 people), Retail Trade (3,438 people), and Educational Services (2,755 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Hancock County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.95 times higher than expected), Construction (1.32 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Hancock County, ME, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($115,625), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,335), and Utilities ($46,667).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $7.7B

  2. $3.41B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $7.7B, followed by Fuel oils with $3.41B and Gasoline and $3.1B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$41.8B

2015 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

36.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Maine trade was $41.8B. This is expected to increase 36.1% to $56.8B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $3.48B

  2. $3.07B

  3. $2.42B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.48B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.07B and New York and $2.42B.

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

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Health

87.5% of the population of Hancock County, ME has health coverage, with 38.9% on employee plans, 14.1% on Medicaid, 16% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 2.11% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Hancock County, ME was $9,531 in 2014. This is a 4.36% increase from the previous year ($9,133).

Primary care physicians in Hancock County, ME see 701 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.68% increase from the previous year (651 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2093 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 283 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.6%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

701 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Hancock County, ME see an average of 701 patients per year. This represents a 7.68% increase from the previous year (651 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Hancock County, ME in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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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$9,531

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,015

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,504

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,325

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maine (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.36%, from $9,133 to $9,531.

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

12.5%

Uninsured

38.9%

Employer Coverage

14.1%

Medicaid

16%

Medicare

16.3%

Non-Group

2.11%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hancock County, ME declined by 2.98% from 12.9% to 12.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Hancock County, ME 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. 12.6% prevalence

  2. 12.3% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 12.6%.

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

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Diversity

Hancock County, ME is home to a population of 54.5k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.22% of Hancock County, ME residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Hancock County, ME is composed of 51.8k White Alone residents (95.1%), 727 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.33%), 713 Two or More Races residents (1.31%), 528 Asian Alone residents (0.969%), 439 Black or African American Alone residents (0.806%), 201 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.369%), 47 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0863%), and 32 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0588%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Hancock County, ME are Spanish or Spanish Creole (436 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (426 speakers), and Chinese (150 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

48

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Hancock County, ME was 48.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 48, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Hancock County, ME are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Hancock County, ME residents was 48.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.22%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.23%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.22% of Hancock County, ME 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 Hancock County, ME was 3.23%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    9,674 ± 2,406 people

  2. Philippines

    2,503 ± 1,227 people

  3. China

    2,372 ± 1,195 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Hancock County, ME was Canada, the natal country of 9,674 Hancock County, ME residents, followed by Philippines with 2,503 and China with 2,372.

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Citizenship

98.2%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    51.8k ± 43

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    727 ± 148

  3. Two or More Races

    713 ± 141

In 2017, there were 71.2 times more White Alone residents (51.8k people) in Hancock County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 727 Hispanic or Latino and 713 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    436 speakers (0.834%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    426 speakers (0.815%)

  3. Chinese

    150 speakers (0.287%)

3.09% of Hancock County, ME 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 Hancock County, ME was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.834% of the overall population of Hancock County, ME are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.815% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.287% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,837 ± 178

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    705 ± 203

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    404 ± 96

Hancock County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Hancock County, ME awarded 335 degrees. The student population of Hancock County, ME is skewed towards men, with 969 male students and 420 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hancock County, ME are White (307 and 94.5%), followed by Unknown (8 and 2.46%), Hispanic or Latino (5 and 1.54%), and Black or African American (2 and 0.615%).

The largest universities in Hancock County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Maine Maritime Academy (249 and 74.3%) and College of the Atlantic (86 and 25.7%).

The most popular majors in Hancock County, ME are Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (107 and 31.9%), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (86 and 25.7%), and Marine Science & Merchant Marine Officer (58 and 17.3%).

The median tuition costs in Hancock County, ME are $42,993 for private four year colleges, and $10,050 and $23,130 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 Hancock County, ME was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 83 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 249 degrees awarded

  2. 86 degrees awarded

$10,050

Median In-State Public

$42,993

Median Private

In 2016, the Hancock County, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was Maine Maritime Academy with 249 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

243

Degrees Awarded to Men

92

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 243 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hancock County, ME, which is 2.64 times more than the 92 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

    307 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    8 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Hancock County, ME were to White students. These 307 degrees mean that there were 38.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hancock County, ME was $207,300 in 2017, which is 0.953 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $199,800 to $207,300, a 3.75% increase. The homeownership rate in Hancock County, ME is 73.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Hancock County, ME have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hancock County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$51,438

Median Household Income

± $1,931

23.7k

Number of Households

± 842

In 2017, the median household income of the 23.7k households in Hancock County, ME grew to $51,438 from the previous year's value of $50,037.

The following chart displays the households in Hancock County, ME 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

$207,300

2017 Median

± $6,929

$199,800

2016 Median

± $5,723

In 2017, the median property value in Hancock County, ME grew to to $207,300 from the previous year's value of $199,800.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.7%

2017 Homeownership

74%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.7% of the housing units in Hancock County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74%.

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

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hancock County, ME have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.59% of the workforce in Hancock County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.6%

  2. Carpooled

    12.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.52%

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

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