Lancaster County, SC

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Population

86,544

3.39% growth

Median Age

42


Median Household Income

$50,557

7.91% growth

Poverty Rate

15.5%


Number of Employees

36,001

6.45% growth

Median Property Value

$169,000

7.17% growth

About

In 2017, Lancaster County, SC had a population of 86.5k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $50,557. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lancaster County, SC grew from 83,704 to 86,544, a 3.39% increase and its median household income grew from $46,852 to $50,557, a 7.91% increase.

The population of Lancaster County, SC is 70.1% White Alone, 21.7% Black or African American Alone, and 5.04% Hispanic or Latino. 5.38% of the people in Lancaster County, SC speak a non-English language, and 98% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lancaster County, SC are University of South Carolina-Lancaster (108 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lancaster County, SC is $169,000, and the homeownership rate is 78.9%. Most people in Lancaster County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Lancaster County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lancaster County, SC employs 36k people. The largest industries in Lancaster County, SC are Manufacturing (6,170 people), Retail Trade (4,202 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,500 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($111,346), Utilities ($60,792), and Finance & Insurance ($60,336).

Median household income in Lancaster County, SC is $50,557. Males in Lancaster County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Lancaster County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,557

2017 value

± $2,667

7.91%

1 Year Growth

± 6.19%

Households in Lancaster County, SC have a median annual income of $50,557, 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 $46,852 in 2016, which represents a 7.91% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lancaster County, SC made 1.37 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lancaster County, SC workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 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 Lancaster County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina 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 112.02

  2. Census Tract 112.01

  3. Census Tract 109

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lancaster County, SC was Census Tract 112.02 with a value of $62,399, followed by Census Tract 112.01 and Census Tract 109, with respective values of $59,390 and $48,207.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lancaster County, SC (13.1k out of 84.5k 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 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 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

    7,429 ± 700

  2. Black

    4,706 ± 554

  3. Two Or More

    873 ± 362

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

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

36k

2017 Value

± 1,581

6.45%

1 Year growth

± 5.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lancaster County, SC grew at a rate of 6.45%, from 33.8k employees to 36k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lancaster County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,939 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,396 people), and Production Occupations (3,198 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,939 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,396 people), and Production Occupations (3,198 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lancaster County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.53 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.45 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lancaster County, SC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($88,106), Management Occupations ($81,971), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($67,221).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

36k

2017 Value

± 1,581

6.45%

1 Year growth

± 5.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lancaster County, SC grew at a rate of 6.45%, from 33.8k employees to 36k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lancaster County, SC, are Manufacturing (6,170 people), Retail Trade (4,202 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,500 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lancaster County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Lancaster County, SC 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 Lancaster County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (6,170 people), Retail Trade (4,202 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,500 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lancaster County, SC has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.35 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.69 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.6 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lancaster County, SC, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($111,346), Utilities ($60,792), and Finance & Insurance ($60,336).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery with $15.2B and Mixed freight and $11.7B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

88.6% of the population of Lancaster County, SC has health coverage, with 44.4% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 15.3% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.8% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lancaster County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Lancaster County, SC see 2044 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.5% decrease from the previous year (2310 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3318 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2297 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2044 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Lancaster County, SC see an average of 2044 patients per year. This represents a 11.5% decrease from the previous year (2310 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

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

11.4%

Uninsured

44.4%

Employer Coverage

15.1%

Medicaid

15.3%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

1.8%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lancaster County, SC declined by 12.6% from 13% to 11.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lancaster County, SC 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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Lancaster County, SC is home to a population of 86.5k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.93% of Lancaster County, SC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lancaster County, SC is composed of 60.7k White Alone residents (70.1%), 18.8k Black or African American Alone residents (21.7%), 4.36k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.04%), 1.47k Two or More Races residents (1.7%), 828 Asian Alone residents (0.957%), 192 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.222%), 157 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.181%), and 47 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0543%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lancaster County, SC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,939 speakers), Gujarati (261 speakers), and French Creole (189 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lancaster County, SC was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Lancaster County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lancaster County, SC residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.93%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.69%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.93% of Lancaster County, SC 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 Lancaster County, SC was 3.69%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lancaster County, SC was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 Lancaster County, SC residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

98%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98% of Lancaster County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lancaster County, SC was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    60.7k ± 169

  2. Black or African American Alone

    18.8k ± 451

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.36k ± 705

In 2017, there were 3.23 times more White Alone residents (60.7k people) in Lancaster County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.8k Black or African American Alone and 4.36k 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 Lancaster County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,939 speakers (3.84%)

  2. Gujarati

    261 speakers (0.341%)

  3. French Creole

    189 speakers (0.247%)

5.38% of Lancaster County, SC 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 Lancaster County, SC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.84% of the overall population of Lancaster County, SC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.341% speak Gujarati and 0.247% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,061 ± 291

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    705 ± 190

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    645 ± 222

Lancaster County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.92 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lancaster County, SC awarded 108 degrees. The student population of Lancaster County, SC is skewed towards women, with 784 male students and 1,061 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lancaster County, SC are White (66 and 62.3%), followed by Black or African American (23 and 21.7%), Unknown (12 and 11.3%), and Hispanic or Latino (5 and 4.72%).

The largest universities in Lancaster County, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Lancaster (108 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lancaster County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (60 and 55.6%), General Business (27 and 25%), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (18 and 16.7%).

The median tuition costs in Lancaster County, SC 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

Most Common

  1. 60 degrees awarded

  2. 27 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lancaster County, SC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 60 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

108 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lancaster County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Lancaster with 108 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

48

Degrees Awarded to Men

60

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 48 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lancaster County, SC, which is 0.8 times less than the 60 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Lancaster County, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    66 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    23 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    12 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lancaster County, SC were to White students. These 66 degrees mean that there were 2.87 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 23 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lancaster County, SC was $169,000 in 2017, which is 0.777 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $157,700 to $169,000, a 7.17% increase. The homeownership rate in Lancaster County, SC is 78.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lancaster County, SC have an average commute time of 27.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lancaster County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,557

Median Household Income

± $2,667

31.4k

Number of Households

± 1,362

In 2017, the median household income of the 31.4k households in Lancaster County, SC grew to $50,557 from the previous year's value of $46,852.

The following chart displays the households in Lancaster County, SC 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

$169,000

2017 Median

± $5,639

$157,700

2016 Median

± $4,908

In 2017, the median property value in Lancaster County, SC grew to to $169,000 from the previous year's value of $157,700.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

78.9%

2017 Homeownership

78.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 78.9% of the housing units in Lancaster County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 78.7%.

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

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Commute Time

27.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lancaster County, SC have a longer commute time (27.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.23% of the workforce in Lancaster County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.62%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.54%

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

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