Rio Blanco County, CO

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Population

6,557

1.52% decline

Median Age

35.9


Median Household Income

$57,991

2.15% growth

Poverty Rate

11.8%


Number of Employees

3,061

6.19% decline

Median Property Value

$201,000

3.55% decline

About

In 2017, Rio Blanco County, CO had a population of 6.56k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $57,991. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Rio Blanco County, CO declined from 6,658 to 6,557, a -1.52% decrease and its median household income grew from $56,771 to $57,991, a 2.15% increase.

The population of Rio Blanco County, CO is 88.3% White Alone, 9.93% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.991% Two or More Races. 8.5% of the people in Rio Blanco County, CO speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rio Blanco County, CO are Colorado Northwestern Community College (247 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Rio Blanco County, CO is $201,000, and the homeownership rate is 69%. Most people in Rio Blanco County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16 minutes. The average car ownership in Rio Blanco County, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Rio Blanco County, CO employs 3.06k people. The largest industries in Rio Blanco County, CO are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (532 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (302 people), and Educational Services (296 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($81,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,286), and Utilities ($56,193).

Median household income in Rio Blanco County, CO is $57,991. Males in Rio Blanco County, CO have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,692. The income inequality in Rio Blanco County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,991

2017 value

± $8,135

2.15%

1 Year Growth

± 21.8%

Households in Rio Blanco County, CO have a median annual income of $57,991, 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 $56,771 in 2016, which represents a 2.15% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,531

Average Male Salary

± $1,541

$51,692

Average Female Salary

± $1,226

In 2017, full-time male employees in Rio Blanco County, CO made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rio Blanco County, CO 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

    $54,772 ± $5,354

  2. White

    $54,520 ± $998

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $47,825 ± $27,111

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rio Blanco County, CO workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 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 Rio Blanco County, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0949% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9512

  2. Census Tract 9511

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rio Blanco County, CO was Census Tract 9512 with a value of $68,924, followed by Census Tract 9511 and N/A, with respective values of $53,750 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rio Blanco County, CO (733 out of 6.22k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 12 - 14.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    718 ± 147

  2. Hispanic

    216 ± 100

  3. Two Or More

    15 ± 83

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rio Blanco County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic 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

3.06k

2017 Value

± 277

-6.19%

1 Year decline

± 13.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rio Blanco County, CO declined at a rate of -6.19%, from 3.26k employees to 3.06k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rio Blanco County, CO, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (494 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (343 people), and Management Occupations (324 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rio Blanco County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rio Blanco County, CO, by number of employees, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (494 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (343 people), and Management Occupations (324 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rio Blanco County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6.82 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (3.24 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rio Blanco County, CO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,667), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,000), and Production Occupations ($79,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.06k

2017 Value

± 277

-6.19%

1 Year decline

± 13.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rio Blanco County, CO declined at a rate of -6.19%, from 3.26k employees to 3.06k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rio Blanco County, CO, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (532 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (302 people), and Educational Services (296 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rio Blanco County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Rio Blanco County, CO 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 Rio Blanco County, CO, by number of employees, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (532 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (302 people), and Educational Services (296 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rio Blanco County, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (32.2 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.34 times), and Utilities (3.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rio Blanco County, CO, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($81,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,286), and Utilities ($56,193).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.1B

  2. $22.9B

  3. $15.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $30.1B, followed by Mixed freight with $22.9B and Electronics and $15.7B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$208B

2015 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Colorado trade was $208B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $314B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.5B

  2. $9.22B

  3. $7.43B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $12.5B, followed by Nebraska with $9.22B and California and $7.43B.

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

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Health

89.1% of the population of Rio Blanco County, CO has health coverage, with 53.9% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 9.67% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Rio Blanco County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Rio Blanco County, CO see 821 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.2% increase from the previous year (745 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1636 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 545 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

821 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Rio Blanco County, CO see an average of 821 patients per year. This represents a 10.2% increase from the previous year (745 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

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

10.9%

Uninsured

53.9%

Employer Coverage

13%

Medicaid

9.67%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.27%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rio Blanco County, CO grew by 4.65% from 10.4% to 10.9%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

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

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Diversity

Rio Blanco County, CO is home to a population of 6.56k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.43% of Rio Blanco County, CO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Rio Blanco County, CO is composed of 5.79k White Alone residents (88.3%), 651 Hispanic or Latino residents (9.93%), 65 Two or More Races residents (0.991%), 20 Black or African American Alone residents (0.305%), 9 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.137%), 8 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.122%), 6 Asian Alone residents (0.0915%), and 5 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0763%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Rio Blanco County, CO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (470 speakers), Russian (22 speakers), and German (21 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Rio Blanco County, CO was 35.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Rio Blanco County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Rio Blanco County, CO residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.43%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.47%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.43% of Rio Blanco County, CO 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 Rio Blanco County, CO was 3.47%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    230,780 ± 11,541 people

  2. India

    19,019 ± 3,380 people

  3. Vietnam

    17,347 ± 3,228 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rio Blanco County, CO was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Rio Blanco County, CO residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Rio Blanco County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Rio Blanco County, CO was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5.79k ± 58

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    651 ± 90.6

  3. Two or More Races

    65 ± 50.9

In 2017, there were 8.9 times more White Alone residents (5.79k people) in Rio Blanco County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 651 Hispanic or Latino and 65 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    470 speakers (7.62%)

  2. Russian

    22 speakers (0.357%)

  3. German

    21 speakers (0.341%)

8.5% of Rio Blanco County, CO 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 Rio Blanco County, CO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 7.62% of the overall population of Rio Blanco County, CO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.357% speak Russian and 0.341% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    161 ± 59

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    98 ± 47

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    75 ± 52

Rio Blanco County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Rio Blanco County, CO awarded 247 degrees. The student population of Rio Blanco County, CO is skewed towards women, with 449 male students and 649 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rio Blanco County, CO are White (193 and 78.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (27 and 10.9%), Unknown (14 and 5.67%), and Two or More Races (9 and 3.64%).

The largest universities in Rio Blanco County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado Northwestern Community College (247 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Rio Blanco County, CO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (45 and 18.2%), Dental Hygiene (28 and 11.3%), and General Natural Resources & Conservation (28 and 11.3%).

The median tuition costs in Rio Blanco County, CO 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. 45 degrees awarded

  2. 28 degrees awarded

  3. 26 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Rio Blanco County, CO was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 45 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

247 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Rio Blanco County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado Northwestern Community College with 247 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

82

Degrees Awarded to Men

165

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 82 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rio Blanco County, CO, which is 0.497 times less than the 165 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

    193 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    27 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    14 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Rio Blanco County, CO were to White students. These 193 degrees mean that there were 7.15 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 27 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rio Blanco County, CO was $201,000 in 2017, which is 0.924 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $208,400 to $201,000, a 3.55% decrease. The homeownership rate in Rio Blanco County, CO is 69%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rio Blanco County, CO have an average commute time of 16 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rio Blanco County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$57,991

Median Household Income

± $8,135

2.42k

Number of Households

± 232

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.42k households in Rio Blanco County, CO grew to $57,991 from the previous year's value of $56,771.

The following chart displays the households in Rio Blanco County, CO 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

$201,000

2017 Median

± $18,424

$208,400

2016 Median

± $19,715

In 2017, the median property value in Rio Blanco County, CO declined from to $201,000 from the previous year's value of $208,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rio Blanco County, CO 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 Rio Blanco County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69%

2017 Homeownership

67.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69% of the housing units in Rio Blanco County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.3%.

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

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Commute Time

16 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rio Blanco County, CO have a shorter commute time (16 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.23% of the workforce in Rio Blanco County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.8%

  2. Carpooled

    17.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.03%

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

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