Metairie, LA

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Population

144,822

0.0345% growth

Median Age

40.8


Median Household Income

$55,221

1.93% growth

Poverty Rate

12.5%


Number of Employees

74,958

0.787% growth

Median Property Value

$223,000

1.69% growth

About

In 2017, Metairie, LA had a population of 145k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $55,221. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Metairie, LA grew from 144,772 to 144,822, a 0.0345% increase and its median household income grew from $54,176 to $55,221, a 1.93% increase.

The population of Metairie, LA is 69.4% White Alone, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.71% Black or African American Alone. 18.3% of the people in Metairie, LA speak a non-English language, and 90.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Metairie, LA are Blue Cliff College-Metairie (485 degrees awarded in 2016), Unitech Training Academy-Metairie (138 degrees), and Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Metairie (67 degrees).

The median property value in Metairie, LA is $223,000, and the homeownership rate is 61.7%. Most people in Metairie, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Metairie, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Metairie, LA employs 75k people. The largest industries in Metairie, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,921 people), Retail Trade (7,731 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,402 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($77,125), Utilities ($65,517), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,652).

Median household income in Metairie, LA is $55,221. Males in Metairie, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Metairie, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,221

2017 value

± $1,746

1.93%

1 Year Growth

± 3.99%

Households in Metairie, LA have a median annual income of $55,221, 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 $54,176 in 2016, which represents a 1.93% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Metairie, LA made 1.55 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Metairie, LA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Metairie, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana 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 226

  2. Census Tract 203.01

  3. Census Tract 204

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Metairie, LA was Census Tract 226 with a value of $119,792, followed by Census Tract 203.01 and Census Tract 204, with respective values of $97,050 and $89,444.

The following map shows all of the places in Metairie, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Metairie, LA (18k out of 144k 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 Males < 5 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    11,964 ± 804

  2. Hispanic

    5,450 ± 638

  3. Black

    3,552 ± 528

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

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

75k

2017 Value

± 2,005

0.787%

1 Year growth

± 3.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Metairie, LA grew at a rate of 0.787%, from 74.4k employees to 75k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Metairie, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,344 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,786 people), and Management Occupations (6,776 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Metairie, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Metairie, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,344 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,786 people), and Management Occupations (6,776 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Metairie, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (2.45 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.55 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Metairie, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($92,572), Legal Occupations ($78,722), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($77,836).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

75k

2017 Value

± 2,005

0.787%

1 Year growth

± 3.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Metairie, LA grew at a rate of 0.787%, from 74.4k employees to 75k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Metairie, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,921 people), Retail Trade (7,731 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,402 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Metairie, LA, though some of these residents may live in Metairie, LA 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 Metairie, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,921 people), Retail Trade (7,731 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,402 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Metairie, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2 times higher than expected), Construction (1.51 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.47 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Metairie, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($77,125), Utilities ($65,517), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,652).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $69.1B and Basic chemicals and $38B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

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

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Health

86.9% of the population of Metairie, LA has health coverage, with 45.1% on employee plans, 13.2% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 0.982% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Metairie, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Metairie, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1527 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

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

13.1%

Uninsured

45.1%

Employer Coverage

13.2%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

0.982%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Metairie, LA declined by 7.61% from 14.2% to 13.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Metairie, LA 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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

Metairie, LA is home to a population of 145k people, from which 90.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 14.6% of Metairie, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Metairie, LA is composed of 101k White Alone residents (69.4%), 22.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (15.5%), 14.1k Black or African American Alone residents (9.71%), 5.52k Asian Alone residents (3.81%), 1.53k Two or More Races residents (1.06%), 441 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.305%), 309 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.213%), and 4 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00276%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Metairie, LA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (15,496 speakers), Arabic (1,519 speakers), and Chinese (1,475 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Metairie, LA was 40.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Metairie, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Metairie, LA residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

13.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 14.6% of Metairie, LA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Metairie, LA was 13.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Metairie, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Metairie, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

90.8%

2017 Citizenship

91.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.8% of Metairie, LA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Metairie, LA was 91.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    101k ± 1.88k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    22.4k ± 1.85k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    14.1k ± 1.06k

In 2017, there were 4.48 times more White Alone residents (101k people) in Metairie, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.4k Hispanic or Latino and 14.1k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    15,496 speakers (11.5%)

  2. Arabic

    1,519 speakers (1.13%)

  3. Chinese

    1,475 speakers (1.1%)

18.3% of Metairie, LA 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 Metairie, LA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 11.5% of the overall population of Metairie, LA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.13% speak Arabic and 1.1% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,413 ± 284

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,080 ± 230

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,027 ± 202

Metairie, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Metairie, LA awarded 690 degrees. The student population of Metairie, LA is skewed towards women, with 76 male students and 1,034 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Metairie, LA are Black or African American (499 and 72.3%), followed by White (123 and 17.8%), Hispanic or Latino (45 and 6.52%), and Unknown (16 and 2.32%).

The largest universities in Metairie, LA by number of degrees awarded are Blue Cliff College-Metairie (485 and 70.3%), Unitech Training Academy-Metairie (138 and 20%), and Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Metairie (67 and 9.71%).

The most popular majors in Metairie, LA are Medical Assistant (233 and 33.8%), General Cosmetology (150 and 21.7%), and Dental Assisting (114 and 16.5%).

The median tuition costs in Metairie, LA 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. 58 degrees awarded

  2. 150 degrees awarded

  3. 79 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Metairie, LA was Dialysis Technologist with 58 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Metairie, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 485 degrees awarded

  2. 138 degrees awarded

  3. 67 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Metairie, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Blue Cliff College-Metairie with 485 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

38

Degrees Awarded to Men

652

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 38 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Metairie, LA, which is 0.0583 times less than the 652 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    499 degrees awarded

  2. White

    123 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    45 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Metairie, LA were to Black or African American students. These 499 degrees mean that there were 4.06 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 123 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Metairie, LA was $223,000 in 2017, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $219,300 to $223,000, a 1.69% increase. The homeownership rate in Metairie, LA is 61.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Metairie, LA have an average commute time of 21.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Metairie, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,221

Median Household Income

± $1,746

60.5k

Number of Households

± 1,553

In 2017, the median household income of the 60.5k households in Metairie, LA grew to $55,221 from the previous year's value of $54,176.

The following chart displays the households in Metairie, LA 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

$223,000

2017 Median

± $2,883

$219,300

2016 Median

± $2,737

In 2017, the median property value in Metairie, LA grew to to $223,000 from the previous year's value of $219,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Metairie, LA 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 Metairie, LA 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 Metairie, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Metairie, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.7%

2017 Homeownership

61.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.7% of the housing units in Metairie, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.1%.

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

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Commute Time

21.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Metairie, LA have a shorter commute time (21.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.51% of the workforce in Metairie, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.97%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.71%

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

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