Queens County, NY

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Population

2.36M

1.09% growth

Median Age

38.7


Median Household Income

$64,509

3.7% growth

Poverty Rate

13.7%


Number of Employees

1.18M

1.95% growth

Median Property Value

$545,800

7.44% growth

About

In 2017, Queens County, NY had a population of 2.36M people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $64,509. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Queens County, NY grew from 2.33M to 2.36M, a 1.09% increase and its median household income grew from $62,207 to $64,509, a 3.7% increase.

The population of Queens County, NY is 28% Hispanic or Latino, 25.9% Asian Alone, and 24.6% White Alone. 55.7% of the people in Queens County, NY speak a non-English language, and 79.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Queens County, NY are CUNY Queens College (4,480 degrees awarded in 2016), St John's University-New York (4,044 degrees), and CUNY LaGuardia Community College (2,872 degrees).

The median property value in Queens County, NY is $545,800, and the homeownership rate is 44.3%. Most people in Queens County, NY commute by Public Transit, and the average commute time is 43.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Queens County, NY is 1 car per household.

Economy

The economy of Queens County, NY employs 1.18M people. The largest industries in Queens County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (194,507 people), Retail Trade (115,786 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (112,149 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($69,125), Utilities ($64,354), and Public Administration ($64,219).

Median household income in Queens County, NY is $64,509. Males in Queens County, NY have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,672. The income inequality in Queens County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$64,509

2017 value

± $1,327

3.7%

1 Year Growth

± 2.67%

Households in Queens County, NY have a median annual income of $64,509, 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 $62,207 in 2016, which represents a 3.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,550

Average Male Salary

± $1,168

$60,672

Average Female Salary

± $854

In 2017, full-time male employees in New York made 1.29 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. White

    $67,169 ± $870

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $62,618 ± $15,800

  3. Asian

    $62,444 ± $2,225

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Queens County, NY is from New York.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.499

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.375% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in New York 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 749

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 723

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Queens County, NY was Census Tract 749 with a value of $151,250, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 723, with respective values of $127,807 and $124,643.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Queens County, NY (317k out of 2.31M 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 35 - 44 and then Females 45 - 54.

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. Hispanic

    108,126 ± 2,447

  2. White

    104,908 ± 2,425

  3. Asian

    95,006 ± 2,104

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Queens County, NY is Hispanic, followed by White and Asian.

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

1.18M

2017 Value

± 18,310

1.95%

1 Year growth

± 2.12%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Queens County, NY grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 1.15M employees to 1.18M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Queens County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (151,400 people), Sales & Related Occupations (108,957 people), and Management Occupations (93,554 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Queens County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Queens County, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (151,400 people), Sales & Related Occupations (108,957 people), and Management Occupations (93,554 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Queens County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.89 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.68 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Queens County, NY, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($81,594), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,056), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($77,042).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.18M

2017 Value

± 18,310

1.95%

1 Year growth

± 2.12%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Queens County, NY grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 1.15M employees to 1.18M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Queens County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (194,507 people), Retail Trade (115,786 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (112,149 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Queens County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Queens County, NY 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 Queens County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (194,507 people), Retail Trade (115,786 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (112,149 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Queens County, NY has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.81 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.34 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Queens County, NY, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($69,125), Utilities ($64,354), and Public Administration ($64,219).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics ($47.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($45.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

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

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Health

91% of the population of Queens County, NY has health coverage, with 43.3% on employee plans, 26.3% on Medicaid, 9.57% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 0.348% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Queens County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Queens County, NY see 1553 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.84% increase from the previous year (1525 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1387 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 713 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,553 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Queens County, NY see an average of 1,553 patients per year. This represents a 1.84% increase from the previous year (1,525 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Queens County, NY 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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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

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

9.04%

Uninsured

43.3%

Employer Coverage

26.3%

Medicaid

9.57%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

0.348%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Queens County, NY declined by 10.6% from 10.1% to 9.04%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Queens County, NY 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. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

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

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Diversity

Queens County, NY is home to a population of 2.36M people, from which 79.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 47.1% of Queens County, NY residents were born outside of the country (1.11M people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Queens County, NY is composed of 661k Hispanic or Latino residents (28%), 612k Asian Alone residents (25.9%), 581k White Alone residents (24.6%), 404k Black or African American Alone residents (17.1%), 48.2k Some Other Race Alone residents (2.04%), 47.6k Two or More Races residents (2.02%), 4.9k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.208%), and 828 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0351%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Queens County, NY are Spanish (520,216 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (221,263 speakers), and Bengali (80,049 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

27

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Queens County, NY was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Queens County, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Queens County, NY residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

47.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.11M people

47.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.1M people

As of 2017, 47.1% of Queens County, NY residents (1.11M people) 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 Queens County, NY was 47.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    527,485 ± 17,593 people

  2. China

    441,157 ± 16,125 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,203 ± 11,935 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 527,485 New York residents, followed by China with 441,157 and Jamaica with 239,203.

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Citizenship

79.7%

2017 Citizenship

79.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 79.7% of Queens County, NY residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Queens County, NY was 79.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    661k ± 22.8k

  2. Asian Alone

    612k ± 5.99k

  3. White Alone

    581k ± 2.5k

In 2017, there were 1.08 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (661k people) in Queens County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 612k Asian Alone and 581k White Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    520,216 speakers (23.5%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    221,263 speakers (10%)

  3. Bengali

    80,049 speakers (3.62%)

55.7% of Queens County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Queens County, NY was Spanish. 23.5% of the overall population of Queens County, NY are native Spanish speakers. 10% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 3.62% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,713 ± 1,498

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,808 ± 1,366

  3. Korea

    4,814 ± 1,051

Queens County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.72 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Queens County, NY awarded 19,911 degrees. The student population of Queens County, NY is skewed towards women, with 40,393 male students and 52,849 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Queens County, NY are Hispanic or Latino (5,166 and 27.4%), followed by White (5,000 and 26.5%), Asian (3,989 and 21.1%), and Black or African American (3,492 and 18.5%).

The largest universities in Queens County, NY by number of degrees awarded are CUNY Queens College (4,480 and 22.5%), St John's University-New York (4,044 and 20.3%), and CUNY LaGuardia Community College (2,872 and 14.4%).

The most popular majors in Queens County, NY are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,445 and 7.26%), General Business Administration & Management (1,284 and 6.45%), and General Psychology (1,071 and 5.38%).

The median tuition costs in Queens County, NY are $13,000 for private four year colleges, and $6,330 and $13,440 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 881 degrees awarded

  2. 613 degrees awarded

  3. 299 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Queens County, NY was General Psychology with 881 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,480 degrees awarded

  2. 4,044 degrees awarded

  3. 2,872 degrees awarded

$6,330

Median In-State Public

$13,000

Median Private

In 2016, the Queens County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was CUNY Queens College with 4,480 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,148

Degrees Awarded to Men

11,763

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,148 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Queens County, NY, which is 0.693 times less than the 11,763 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Queens County, NY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    5,166 degrees awarded

  2. White

    5,000 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    3,989 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Queens County, NY were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 5,166 degrees mean that there were 1.03 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 5,000 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Queens County, NY was $545,800 in 2017, which is 2.51 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $508,000 to $545,800, a 7.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Queens County, NY is 44.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Queens County, NY have an average commute time of 43.1 minutes, and they commute by Public Transit. Car ownership in Queens County, NY is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$64,509

Median Household Income

± $1,327

769k

Number of Households

± 13,651

In 2017, the median household income of the 769k households in Queens County, NY grew to $64,509 from the previous year's value of $62,207.

The following chart displays the households in Queens County, NY 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

$545,800

2017 Median

± $8,094

$508,000

2016 Median

± $9,433

In 2017, the median property value in Queens County, NY grew to to $545,800 from the previous year's value of $508,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Queens County, NY 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 Queens County, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

44.3%

2017 Homeownership

44.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 44.3% of the housing units in Queens County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 44.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Queens County, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Queens County, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Queens County, NY have 1 car, followed by 0 cars.

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Commute Time

43.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Queens County, NY have a longer commute time (43.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 9.46% of the workforce in Queens County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Public Transit

    50.8%

  2. Drove Alone

    31.9%

  3. Walked

    6.49%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Queens County, NY was Public Transit, followed by those who Drove Alone and those who Walked.

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