Iron County, UT

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Population

48,504

1.58% growth

Median Age

29.1


Median Household Income

$45,422

3.71% growth

Poverty Rate

20.9%


Number of Employees

20,960

4.3% growth

Median Property Value

$183,100

6.39% growth

About

In 2017, Iron County, UT had a population of 48.5k people with a median age of 29.1 and a median household income of $45,422. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Iron County, UT grew from 47,751 to 48,504, a 1.58% increase and its median household income grew from $43,799 to $45,422, a 3.71% increase.

The population of Iron County, UT is 86.3% White Alone, 8.46% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.47% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. 6.24% of the people in Iron County, UT speak a non-English language, and 98% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Iron County, UT are Southern Utah University (1,778 degrees awarded in 2016), Southwest Applied Technology College (291 degrees), and Evans Hairstyling College-Cedar City (25 degrees).

The median property value in Iron County, UT is $183,100, and the homeownership rate is 64.4%. Most people in Iron County, UT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Iron County, UT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Iron County, UT employs 21k people. The largest industries in Iron County, UT are Educational Services (3,293 people), Retail Trade (2,457 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,384 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,321), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,844), and Public Administration ($41,463).

Median household income in Iron County, UT is $45,422. Males in Iron County, UT have an average income that is 1.53 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,859. The income inequality in Iron County, UT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.484, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,422

2017 value

± $3,795

3.71%

1 Year Growth

± 10%

Households in Iron County, UT have a median annual income of $45,422, 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 $43,799 in 2016, which represents a 3.71% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,159

Average Male Salary

± $1,867

$41,859

Average Female Salary

± $1,369

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iron County, UT made 1.53 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iron County, UT 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. White

    $46,590 ± $1,174

  2. Asian

    $45,658 ± $6,844

  3. Black

    $38,633 ± $10,877

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iron County, UT workers was White. These workers were paid 1.02 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 Iron County, UT is from Utah.

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

0.483

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Utah was 0.484 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.195% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Utah 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 1107.01

  2. Census Tract 1107.02

  3. Census Tract 1102

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Iron County, UT was Census Tract 1107.01 with a value of $55,798, followed by Census Tract 1107.02 and Census Tract 1102, with respective values of $53,221 and $49,937.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Iron County, UT (10k out of 47.9k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    8,266 ± 740

  2. Hispanic

    1,565 ± 404

  3. Other

    729 ± 308

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Iron County, UT 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

21k

2017 Value

± 1,141

4.3%

1 Year growth

± 7.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Iron County, UT grew at a rate of 4.3%, from 20.1k employees to 21k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Iron County, UT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,087 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,405 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,077 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Iron County, UT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Iron County, UT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,087 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,405 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,077 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Iron County, UT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.79 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.64 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Iron County, UT, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,221), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($53,194), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,062).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21k

2017 Value

± 1,141

4.3%

1 Year growth

± 7.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Iron County, UT grew at a rate of 4.3%, from 20.1k employees to 21k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Iron County, UT, are Educational Services (3,293 people), Retail Trade (2,457 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,384 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Iron County, UT, though some of these residents may live in Iron County, UT 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 Iron County, UT, by number of employees, are Educational Services (3,293 people), Retail Trade (2,457 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,384 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Iron County, UT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.07 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.7 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Iron County, UT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,321), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,844), and Public Administration ($41,463).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $13.4B

  2. $12.7B

  3. $12.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Utah product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $13.4B, followed by Mixed freight with $12.7B and Textiles/leather and $12.6B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$132B

2015 Value

$206B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Utah trade was $132B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $206B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $11.7B

  2. $9.06B

  3. $6.19B

In 2015, the top outbound Utah domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Nevada with $11.7B, followed by California with $9.06B and Colorado and $6.19B.

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

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Health

85.5% of the population of Iron County, UT has health coverage, with 44.4% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 9.57% on Medicare, 16.4% on non-group plans, and 1.65% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Iron County, UT was $5,982 in 2014. This is a 5.73% increase from the previous year ($5,658).

Primary care physicians in Iron County, UT see 2418 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.33% increase from the previous year (2363 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2081 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 342 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.4%). Additionally, Tooele County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (31.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2418 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Iron County, UT see an average of 2418 patients per year. This represents a 2.33% increase from the previous year (2363 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Iron County, UT 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

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$5,982

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,657

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,484

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,084

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Utah (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.73%, from $5,658 to $5,982.

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

14.5%

Uninsured

44.4%

Employer Coverage

13.4%

Medicaid

9.57%

Medicare

16.4%

Non-Group

1.65%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Iron County, UT declined by 8.7% from 15.9% to 14.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Iron County, UT 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. 10.4% prevalence

  2. 10.2% prevalence

  3. 10.2% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Utah, at 10.4%.

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

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Diversity

Iron County, UT is home to a population of 48.5k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.48% of Iron County, UT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Iron County, UT is composed of 41.9k White Alone residents (86.3%), 4.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.46%), 1.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.47%), 775 Two or More Races residents (1.6%), 271 Asian Alone residents (0.559%), 244 Black or African American Alone residents (0.503%), 30 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0619%), and 23 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0474%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Iron County, UT are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,877 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (189 speakers), and German (130 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

28

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Iron County, UT was 29.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Iron County, UT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Iron County, UT residents was 29.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.48%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.48% of Iron County, UT 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 Iron County, UT was 4.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    101,154 ± 7,675 people

  2. Canada

    8,846 ± 2,306 people

  3. El Salvador

    7,653 ± 2,145 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iron County, UT was Mexico, the natal country of 101,154 Iron County, UT residents, followed by Canada with 8,846 and El Salvador with 7,653.

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Citizenship

98%

2017 Citizenship

96.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98% of Iron County, UT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Iron County, UT was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    41.9k ± 37

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4.1k ± 745

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.2k ± 103

In 2017, there were 10.2 times more White Alone residents (41.9k people) in Iron County, UT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.1k Hispanic or Latino and 1.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,877 speakers (4.35%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    189 speakers (0.438%)

  3. German

    130 speakers (0.301%)

6.24% of Iron County, UT 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 Iron County, UT was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 4.35% of the overall population of Iron County, UT are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.438% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.301% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    973 ± 157

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    699 ± 200

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    333 ± 120

Iron County, UT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Iron County, UT awarded 2,094 degrees. The student population of Iron County, UT is skewed towards women, with 4,266 male students and 5,585 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Iron County, UT are White (1,768 and 86.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (102 and 4.97%), Unknown (87 and 4.24%), and Black or African American (26 and 1.27%).

The largest universities in Iron County, UT by number of degrees awarded are Southern Utah University (1,778 and 84.9%), Southwest Applied Technology College (291 and 13.9%), and Evans Hairstyling College-Cedar City (25 and 1.19%).

The most popular majors in Iron County, UT are General Studies (536 and 25.6%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (187 and 8.93%), and General Education (132 and 6.3%).

The median tuition costs in Iron County, UT are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,774 and $19,054 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 73 degrees awarded

  2. 65 degrees awarded

  3. 51 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Iron County, UT was General Psychology with 73 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,778 degrees awarded

  2. 291 degrees awarded

  3. 25 degrees awarded

$5,774

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Iron County, UT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southern Utah University with 1,778 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

867

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,227

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 867 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Iron County, UT, which is 0.707 times less than the 1,227 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

    1,768 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    102 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    87 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Iron County, UT were to White students. These 1,768 degrees mean that there were 17.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 102 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Iron County, UT was $183,100 in 2017, which is 0.841 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $172,100 to $183,100, a 6.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Iron County, UT is 64.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Iron County, UT have an average commute time of 16.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Iron County, UT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$45,422

Median Household Income

± $3,795

15.6k

Number of Households

± 894

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.6k households in Iron County, UT grew to $45,422 from the previous year's value of $43,799.

The following chart displays the households in Iron County, UT 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

$183,100

2017 Median

± $7,465

$172,100

2016 Median

± $6,241

In 2017, the median property value in Iron County, UT grew to to $183,100 from the previous year's value of $172,100.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.4%

2017 Homeownership

64.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.4% of the housing units in Iron County, UT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.5%.

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

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Commute Time

16.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Iron County, UT have a shorter commute time (16.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.31% of the workforce in Iron County, UT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.5%

  2. Carpooled

    13.3%

  3. Walked

    4.57%

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

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