Harrison County, WV

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Population

68,438

0.49% decline

Median Age

42


Median Household Income

$48,315

7.74% growth

Poverty Rate

15%


Number of Employees

30,340

1.32% growth

Median Property Value

$110,000

6.9% growth

About

In 2017, Harrison County, WV had a population of 68.4k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $48,315. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Harrison County, WV declined from 68,775 to 68,438, a -0.49% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,845 to $48,315, a 7.74% increase.

The population of Harrison County, WV is 94.4% White Alone, 1.75% Two or More Races, and 1.65% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Harrison County, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Harrison County, WV are Salem International University (334 degrees awarded in 2016), West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport (98 degrees), and Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage Therapy (45 degrees).

The median property value in Harrison County, WV is $110,000, and the homeownership rate is 74.5%. Most people in Harrison County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Harrison County, WV is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Autumn sunrise scenery from the Bear Rocks area of the Dolly Sods Wilderness near Davis, West Virginia (USA). HDR composite from multiple exposures.

Economy

The economy of Harrison County, WV employs 30.3k people. The largest industries in Harrison County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,321 people), Retail Trade (4,319 people), and Public Administration (2,701 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,096), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,674), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,011).

Median household income in Harrison County, WV is $48,315. Males in Harrison County, WV have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,552. The income inequality in Harrison County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,315

2017 value

± $1,862

7.74%

1 Year Growth

± 4.57%

Households in Harrison County, WV have a median annual income of $48,315, 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 $44,845 in 2016, which represents a 7.74% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,526

Average Male Salary

± $2,063

$39,552

Average Female Salary

± $1,541

In 2017, full-time male employees in West Virginia made 1.4 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

    $63,277 ± $23,510

  2. American Indian

    $44,513 ± $30,224

  3. White

    $42,144 ± $1,238

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of West Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.42 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Harrison County, WV is from West Virginia.

0.444

2017 Wage GINI

0.444

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.108% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in West Virginia 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 321.02

  2. Census Tract 312

  3. Census Tract 311

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Harrison County, WV was Census Tract 321.02 with a value of $81,149, followed by Census Tract 312 and Census Tract 311, with respective values of $72,635 and $70,208.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Harrison County, WV (10.1k out of 67.2k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    9,234 ± 632

  2. Two Or More

    528 ± 149

  3. Black

    280 ± 140

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Harrison County, WV 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

30.3k

2017 Value

± 1,052

1.32%

1 Year growth

± 4.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Harrison County, WV grew at a rate of 1.32%, from 29.9k employees to 30.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Harrison County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,038 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,318 people), and Management Occupations (2,527 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Harrison County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Harrison County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,038 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,318 people), and Management Occupations (2,527 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Harrison County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.87 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Harrison County, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,750), Management Occupations ($62,361), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,799).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.3k

2017 Value

± 1,052

1.32%

1 Year growth

± 4.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Harrison County, WV grew at a rate of 1.32%, from 29.9k employees to 30.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Harrison County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,321 people), Retail Trade (4,319 people), and Public Administration (2,701 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Harrison County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Harrison County, WV 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 Harrison County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,321 people), Retail Trade (4,319 people), and Public Administration (2,701 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Harrison County, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (9.33 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.36 times), and Public Administration (1.91 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Harrison County, WV, by median earnings, are Utilities ($75,096), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,674), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,011).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $17.4B

  2. $7.3B

  3. $6.62B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $17.4B, followed by Coal ($7.3B) and Pharmaceuticals ($6.62B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68B

2015 Value

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

27.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound West Virginia trade was $68B. This is expected to increase 27.7% to $86.9B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $10.5B

  2. $6.95B

  3. $6.94B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $10.5B, followed by Ohio with $6.95B and Virginia and $6.94B.

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

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Health

92.6% of the population of Harrison County, WV has health coverage, with 44.9% on employee plans, 21.5% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 10.1% on non-group plans, and 2.27% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Harrison County, WV was $9,462 in 2014. This is a 5.5% increase from the previous year ($8,969).

Primary care physicians in Harrison County, WV see 870 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (870 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1267 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (19.7%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

870 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Harrison County, WV see an average of 870 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (870 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Harrison County, WV 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%).

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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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$9,462

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,917

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,557

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,268

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in West Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.5%, from $8,969 to $9,462.

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

7.43%

Uninsured

44.9%

Employer Coverage

21.5%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

10.1%

Non-Group

2.27%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Harrison County, WV declined by 16.4% from 8.89% to 7.43%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Harrison County, WV 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. 19.7% prevalence

  2. 19.1% prevalence

  3. 18.2% prevalence

McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia, at 19.7%.

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

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Diversity

Harrison County, WV is home to a population of 68.4k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.883% of Harrison County, WV residents were born outside of the country (604 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Harrison County, WV is composed of 64.6k White Alone residents (94.4%), 1.2k Two or More Races residents (1.75%), 1.13k Black or African American Alone residents (1.65%), 1.06k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.55%), 386 Asian Alone residents (0.564%), 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0307%), 7 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0102%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Harrison County, WV are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 10.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Harrison County, WV was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Harrison County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Harrison County, WV residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.883%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

604 people

0.89%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

612 people

As of 2017, 0.883% of Harrison County, WV residents (604 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Harrison County, WV was 0.89%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,603 ± 1,252 people

  2. India

    2,547 ± 1,238 people

  3. China

    2,428 ± 1,209 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 West Virginia residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of Harrison County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Harrison County, WV was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    64.6k ± 27

  2. Two or More Races

    1.2k ± 167

  3. Black or African American Alone

    1.13k ± 135

In 2017, there were 54 times more White Alone residents (64.6k people) in Harrison County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.2k Two or More Races and 1.13k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Harrison County, WV 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 Harrison County, WV citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Harrison County, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Harrison County, WV 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

    1,851 ± 223

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    806 ± 186

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    634 ± 154

Harrison County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.3 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Harrison County, WV awarded 497 degrees. The student population of Harrison County, WV is skewed towards women, with 417 male students and 671 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Harrison County, WV are White (301 and 63.4%), followed by Black or African American (70 and 14.7%), Unknown (68 and 14.3%), and Hispanic or Latino (20 and 4.21%).

The largest universities in Harrison County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Salem International University (334 and 67.2%), West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport (98 and 19.7%), and Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage Therapy (45 and 9.05%).

The most popular majors in Harrison County, WV are General Business Administration & Management (187 and 37.6%), General Educational Leadership & Administration (55 and 11.1%), and Medical Office Assistant (53 and 10.7%).

The median tuition costs in Harrison County, WV are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Harrison County, WV was General Business Administration & Management with 93 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 334 degrees awarded

  2. 98 degrees awarded

  3. 45 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Harrison County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Salem International University with 334 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

176

Degrees Awarded to Men

321

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 176 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Harrison County, WV, which is 0.548 times less than the 321 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

    301 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    70 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    68 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Harrison County, WV were to White students. These 301 degrees mean that there were 4.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 70 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Harrison County, WV was $110,000 in 2017, which is 0.506 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $102,900 to $110,000, a 6.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Harrison County, WV is 74.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Harrison County, WV have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Harrison County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,315

Median Household Income

± $1,862

27.5k

Number of Households

± 950

In 2017, the median household income of the 27.5k households in Harrison County, WV grew to $48,315 from the previous year's value of $44,845.

The following chart displays the households in Harrison County, WV 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

$110,000

2017 Median

± $3,558

$102,900

2016 Median

± $3,972

In 2017, the median property value in Harrison County, WV grew to to $110,000 from the previous year's value of $102,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Harrison County, WV 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 Harrison County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Harrison County, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Harrison County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.5%

2017 Homeownership

73.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.5% of the housing units in Harrison County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.1%.

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

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Harrison County, WV have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.02% of the workforce in Harrison County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.16%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Harrison County, WV was Drove Alone (82.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.16%) and those who Worked At Home (3.01%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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