Jefferson County, WV

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Population

55,673

0.256% growth

Median Age

40.2


Median Household Income

$72,526

3.98% growth

Poverty Rate

9.91%


Number of Employees

27,255

0.446% growth

Median Property Value

$227,300

5.57% growth

About

In 2017, Jefferson County, WV had a population of 55.7k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $72,526. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Jefferson County, WV grew from 55,531 to 55,673, a 0.256% increase and its median household income grew from $69,753 to $72,526, a 3.98% increase.

The population of Jefferson County, WV is 83.8% White Alone, 6.52% Black or African American Alone, and 5.34% Hispanic or Latino. 6.48% of the people in Jefferson County, WV speak a non-English language, and 98% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jefferson County, WV are American Public University System (11,555 degrees awarded in 2016), Shepherd University (785 degrees), and Catholic Distance University (35 degrees).

The median property value in Jefferson County, WV is $227,300, and the homeownership rate is 74.1%. Most people in Jefferson County, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 35.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Jefferson County, WV is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Jefferson County, WV employs 27.3k people. The largest industries in Jefferson County, WV are Public Administration (3,009 people), Educational Services (2,993 people), and Retail Trade (2,814 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($82,535), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($77,361), and Information ($67,978).

Median household income in Jefferson County, WV is $72,526. Males in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$72,526

2017 value

± $2,887

3.98%

1 Year Growth

± 5.45%

Households in Jefferson County, WV have a median annual income of $72,526, 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 $69,753 in 2016, which represents a 3.98% 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 Jefferson County, WV made 1.4 times more than female employees.

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

    $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 Jefferson County, WV 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 Jefferson 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 9726.02

  2. Census Tract 9725.01

  3. Census Tract 9725.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jefferson County, WV was Census Tract 9726.02 with a value of $94,118, followed by Census Tract 9725.01 and Census Tract 9725.03, with respective values of $91,638 and $82,973.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.91% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jefferson County, WV (5.36k out of 54.1k 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 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    4,251 ± 434

  2. Black

    513 ± 160

  3. Hispanic

    428 ± 162

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jefferson County, WV is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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

27.3k

2017 Value

± 991

0.446%

1 Year growth

± 5.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jefferson County, WV grew at a rate of 0.446%, from 27.1k employees to 27.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jefferson County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,319 people), Management Occupations (3,123 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,445 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,319 people), Management Occupations (3,123 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,445 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.76 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.72 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, WV, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($93,906), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($91,557), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($84,853).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

27.3k

2017 Value

± 991

0.446%

1 Year growth

± 5.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jefferson County, WV grew at a rate of 0.446%, from 27.1k employees to 27.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jefferson County, WV, are Public Administration (3,009 people), Educational Services (2,993 people), and Retail Trade (2,814 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jefferson County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, WV, by number of employees, are Public Administration (3,009 people), Educational Services (2,993 people), and Retail Trade (2,814 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, WV has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.61 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.36 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.66 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jefferson County, WV, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($82,535), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($77,361), and Information ($67,978).

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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 with $7.3B and Pharmaceuticals and $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

93.1% of the population of Jefferson County, WV has health coverage, with 56.7% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 2.33% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, WV see 1883 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.73% decrease from the previous year (2063 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3132 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1523 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

1883 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, WV see an average of 1883 patients per year. This represents a 8.73% decrease from the previous year (2063 patients).

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

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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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$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

6.85%

Uninsured

56.7%

Employer Coverage

13%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

10.5%

Non-Group

2.33%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jefferson County, WV declined by 13.8% from 7.95% to 6.85%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Jefferson 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

Jefferson County, WV is home to a population of 55.7k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.96% of Jefferson County, WV residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Jefferson County, WV is composed of 46.7k White Alone residents (83.8%), 3.63k Black or African American Alone residents (6.52%), 2.97k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.34%), 1.16k Two or More Races residents (2.08%), 830 Asian Alone residents (1.49%), 311 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.559%), 108 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.194%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Jefferson County, WV are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,833 speakers), German (181 speakers), and Other Asian Languages (177 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Jefferson County, WV was 40.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Jefferson County, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Jefferson County, WV residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.96%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.11%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.96% of Jefferson County, WV 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 Jefferson County, WV was 5.11%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Jefferson County, WV was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 Jefferson County, WV residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

98%

2017 Citizenship

97.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98% of Jefferson County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Jefferson County, WV was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    46.7k ± 130

  2. Black or African American Alone

    3.63k ± 174

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.97k ± 414

In 2017, there were 12.9 times more White Alone residents (46.7k people) in Jefferson County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.63k Black or African American Alone and 2.97k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,833 speakers (3.52%)

  2. German

    181 speakers (0.348%)

  3. Other Asian Languages

    177 speakers (0.34%)

6.48% of Jefferson County, WV 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 Jefferson County, WV was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.52% of the overall population of Jefferson County, WV are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.348% speak German and 0.34% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,468 ± 196

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,195 ± 194

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,017 ± 216

Jefferson County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Jefferson County, WV awarded 12,375 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, WV is skewed towards men, with 32,332 male students and 20,229 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jefferson County, WV are White (7,870 and 64.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,841 and 15%), Hispanic or Latino (1,197 and 9.77%), and Unknown (514 and 4.2%).

The largest universities in Jefferson County, WV by number of degrees awarded are American Public University System (11,555 and 93.4%), Shepherd University (785 and 6.34%), and Catholic Distance University (35 and 0.283%).

The most popular majors in Jefferson County, WV are General Business Administration & Management (1,901 and 15.4%), General Studies (1,281 and 10.4%), and International & Global Studies (1,001 and 8.09%).

The median tuition costs in Jefferson County, WV are $9,150 for private four year colleges, and $5,230 and $14,592 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 Jefferson County, WV was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 435 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 11,555 degrees awarded

  2. 785 degrees awarded

  3. 35 degrees awarded

$5,230

Median In-State Public

$9,150

Median Private

In 2016, the Jefferson County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was American Public University System with 11,555 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

7,699

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,676

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 7,699 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jefferson County, WV, which is 1.65 times more than the 4,676 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

    7,870 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,841 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,197 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Jefferson County, WV were to White students. These 7,870 degrees mean that there were 4.27 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,841 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jefferson County, WV was $227,300 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $215,300 to $227,300, a 5.57% increase. The homeownership rate in Jefferson County, WV is 74.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Jefferson County, WV have an average commute time of 35.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jefferson 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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$72,526

Median Household Income

± $2,887

20.8k

Number of Households

± 839

In 2017, the median household income of the 20.8k households in Jefferson County, WV grew to $72,526 from the previous year's value of $69,753.

The following chart displays the households in Jefferson 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

$227,300

2017 Median

± $6,682

$215,300

2016 Median

± $6,306

In 2017, the median property value in Jefferson County, WV grew to to $227,300 from the previous year's value of $215,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, WV 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 Jefferson County, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Jefferson County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.1%

2017 Homeownership

74.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.1% of the housing units in Jefferson County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.3%.

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

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Commute Time

35.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jefferson County, WV have a longer commute time (35.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 8.89% of the workforce in Jefferson County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.82%

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

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