Kansas City, MO

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Population

488,825

1.55% growth

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$51,330

0.185% growth

Poverty Rate

17.3%


Number of Employees

254,205

1.79% growth

Median Property Value

$152,900

4.51% growth

About

In 2017, Kansas City, MO had a population of 489k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $51,330. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Kansas City, MO grew from 481,360 to 488,825, a 1.55% increase and its median household income grew from $51,235 to $51,330, a 0.185% increase.

The population of Kansas City, MO is 55.8% White Alone, 28.3% Black or African American Alone, and 9.41% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Kansas City, MO speak a non-English language, and 95.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kansas City, MO are University of Missouri-Kansas City (3,663 degrees awarded in 2016), Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (3,506 degrees), and Rockhurst University (932 degrees).

The median property value in Kansas City, MO is $152,900, and the homeownership rate is 53.8%. Most people in Kansas City, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21 minutes. The average car ownership in Kansas City, MO is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Kansas City, MO employs 254k people. The largest industries in Kansas City, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,401 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (27,445 people), and Retail Trade (24,711 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,951), Utilities ($51,846), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($51,157).

Median household income in Kansas City, MO is $51,330. Males in Kansas City, MO have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,000. The income inequality in Kansas City, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,330

2017 value

± $1,346

0.185%

1 Year Growth

± 3.7%

Households in Kansas City, MO have a median annual income of $51,330, 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 $51,235 in 2016, which represents a 0.185% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,780

Average Male Salary

± $1,358

$45,000

Average Female Salary

± $978

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kansas City, MO made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kansas City, MO 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

    $60,203 ± $7,374

  2. American Indian

    $52,191 ± $20,775

  3. White

    $47,483 ± $843

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas City, MO workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 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 Kansas City, MO is from Missouri.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.464

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.872% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri 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 84

  2. Census Tract 85

  3. Census Tract 213.09

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kansas City, MO was Census Tract 84 with a value of $176,905, followed by Census Tract 85 and Census Tract 213.09, with respective values of $142,250 and $128,710.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kansas City, MO (81.1k out of 468k 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 18 - 24 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. Black

    38,260 ± 1,378

  2. White

    29,022 ± 1,190

  3. Hispanic

    12,472 ± 831

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kansas City, MO is Black, followed by White 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

254k

2017 Value

± 8,420

1.79%

1 Year growth

± 4.62%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kansas City, MO grew at a rate of 1.79%, from 250k employees to 254k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kansas City, MO, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,117 people), Customer Service Representatives (7,816 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (7,035 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kansas City, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kansas City, MO, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,117 people), Customer Service Representatives (7,816 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (7,035 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Kansas City, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (5.1 times higher than expected), Architects, Surveyors, & Cartographers (2.76 times), and Judges, Magistrates, & Other Judicial Workers (2.56 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kansas City, MO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($86,332), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($74,653), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,017).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

254k

2017 Value

± 8,420

1.79%

1 Year growth

± 4.62%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kansas City, MO grew at a rate of 1.79%, from 250k employees to 254k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kansas City, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,401 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (27,445 people), and Retail Trade (24,711 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kansas City, MO, though some of these residents may live in Kansas City, MO 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 Kansas City, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,401 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (27,445 people), and Retail Trade (24,711 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Kansas City, MO has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.45 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.43 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kansas City, MO, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,951), Utilities ($51,846), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($51,157).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.7B

  2. $24B

  3. $22.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $27.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $24B and Mixed freight and $22.8B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$272B

2015 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

59.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Missouri trade was $272B. This is expected to increase 59.4% to $433B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.1B

  2. $13.5B

  3. $9.57B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.1B, followed by Kansas with $13.5B and Texas and $9.57B.

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

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Health

87.3% of the population of Kansas City, MO has health coverage, with 49.8% on employee plans, 14.5% on Medicaid, 9.73% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.5% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Kansas City, MO was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in Kansas City, MO see 1418 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0706% increase from the previous year (1417 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1806 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 588 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1418 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Missouri see an average of 1418 patients per year. This represents a 0.0706% increase from the previous year (1417 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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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$8,107

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,354

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,457

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

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

12.7%

Uninsured

49.8%

Employer Coverage

14.5%

Medicaid

9.73%

Medicare

11.7%

Non-Group

1.5%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kansas City, MO grew by 13.6% from 11.2% to 12.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kansas City, MO 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. 15.2% prevalence

  2. 14.9% prevalence

  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

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

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Diversity

Kansas City, MO is home to a population of 489k people, from which 95.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.59% of Kansas City, MO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Kansas City, MO is composed of 273k White Alone residents (55.8%), 138k Black or African American Alone residents (28.3%), 46k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.41%), 15.2k Asian Alone residents (3.11%), 14.3k Two or More Races residents (2.92%), 1.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.264%), 647 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.132%), and 531 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.109%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Kansas City, MO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Kansas City, MO was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Kansas City, MO are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Kansas City, MO residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.59%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.16%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.59% of Kansas City, MO 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 Kansas City, MO was 7.16%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    42,104 ± 5,020 people

  2. India

    19,609 ± 3,432 people

  3. China

    19,003 ± 3,379 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas City, MO was Mexico, the natal country of 42,104 Kansas City, MO residents, followed by India with 19,609 and China with 19,003.

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Citizenship

95.5%

2017 Citizenship

95.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.5% of Kansas City, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Kansas City, MO was 95.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    273k ± 5.53k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    138k ± 6.12k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    46k ± 5.92k

In 2017, there were 1.97 times more White Alone residents (273k people) in Kansas City, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 138k Black or African American Alone and 46k 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 Kansas City, MO 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 Kansas City, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Kansas City, MO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Kansas City, MO 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

    8,670 ± 1,347

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,813 ± 1,079

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,048 ± 1,580

Kansas City, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Kansas City, MO awarded 11,828 degrees. The student population of Kansas City, MO is skewed towards women, with 19,865 male students and 25,520 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kansas City, MO are White (7,685 and 69.5%), followed by Black or African American (1,367 and 12.4%), Hispanic or Latino (750 and 6.78%), and Asian (447 and 4.04%).

The largest universities in Kansas City, MO by number of degrees awarded are University of Missouri-Kansas City (3,663 and 31%), Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (3,506 and 29.6%), and Rockhurst University (932 and 7.88%).

The most popular majors in Kansas City, MO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,615 and 22.1%), Registered Nursing (943 and 7.97%), and General Business (393 and 3.32%).

The median tuition costs in Kansas City, MO are $13,560 for private four year colleges, and $8,169 and $21,969 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 194 degrees awarded

  2. 663 degrees awarded

  3. 277 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Kansas City, MO was General Psychology with 194 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Kansas City, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,663 degrees awarded

  2. 3,506 degrees awarded

  3. 932 degrees awarded

$8,169

Median In-State Public

$13,560

Median Private

In 2016, the Kansas City, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Missouri-Kansas City with 3,663 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,927

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,901

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,927 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kansas City, MO, which is 0.714 times less than the 6,901 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

    7,685 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,367 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    750 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Kansas City, MO were to White students. These 7,685 degrees mean that there were 5.62 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,367 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kansas City, MO was $152,900 in 2017, which is 0.703 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $146,300 to $152,900, a 4.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Kansas City, MO is 53.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kansas City, MO have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kansas City, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$51,330

Median Household Income

± $1,346

205k

Number of Households

± 7,213

In 2017, the median household income of the 205k households in Kansas City, MO grew to $51,330 from the previous year's value of $51,235.

The following chart displays the households in Kansas City, MO 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

$152,900

2017 Median

± $4,215

$146,300

2016 Median

± $4,889

In 2017, the median property value in Kansas City, MO grew to to $152,900 from the previous year's value of $146,300.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

53.8%

2017 Homeownership

53%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 53.8% of the housing units in Kansas City, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53%.

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

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Commute Time

21 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kansas City, MO have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.08% of the workforce in Kansas City, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.6%

  2. Carpooled

    7.32%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.6%

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

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