Sarasota County, FL

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Population

419,119

1.59% growth

Median Age

56


Median Household Income

$58,400

6.2% growth

Poverty Rate

10.5%


Number of Employees

168,540

2.23% growth

Median Property Value

$253,000

7.39% growth

About

In 2017, Sarasota County, FL had a population of 419k people with a median age of 56 and a median household income of $58,400. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sarasota County, FL grew from 412,569 to 419,119, a 1.59% increase and its median household income grew from $54,989 to $58,400, a 6.2% increase.

The population of Sarasota County, FL is 83.3% White Alone, 9.13% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.43% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Sarasota County, FL speak a non-English language, and 95.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sarasota County, FL are Ringling College of Art and Design (300 degrees awarded in 2016), Suncoast Technical College (223 degrees), and New College of Florida (170 degrees).

The median property value in Sarasota County, FL is $253,000, and the homeownership rate is 74.7%. Most people in Sarasota County, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Sarasota County, FL is 2 cars per household.

Sarasota County, FL borders Manatee County, FL, Charlotte County, FL, and DeSoto County, FL.

About the photo: Burns Square, Sarasota

Economy

The economy of Sarasota County, FL employs 169k people. The largest industries in Sarasota County, FL are Retail Trade (25,581 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (25,524 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (17,815 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($250,001), Information ($65,012), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,882).

Median household income in Sarasota County, FL is $58,400. Males in Sarasota County, FL have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,343. The income inequality in Sarasota County, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$58,400

2017 value

± $3,179

6.2%

1 Year Growth

± 6.17%

Households in Sarasota County, FL have a median annual income of $58,400, 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 $54,989 in 2016, which represents a 6.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,114

Average Male Salary

± $840

$45,343

Average Female Salary

± $594

In 2017, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.33 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

    $59,204 ± $3,403

  2. Alaska Native

    $49,633 ± $34,468

  3. White

    $49,322 ± $566

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sarasota County, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.211% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida 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 6.01

  2. Census Tract 8.01

  3. Census Tract 19.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sarasota County, FL was Census Tract 6.01 with a value of $102,823, followed by Census Tract 8.01 and Census Tract 19.07, with respective values of $98,611 and $89,167.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sarasota County, FL (41.9k out of 399k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    32,588 ± 1,518

  2. Black

    6,493 ± 767

  3. Hispanic

    6,336 ± 787

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

169k

2017 Value

± 8,135

2.23%

1 Year growth

± 6.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sarasota County, FL grew at a rate of 2.23%, from 165k employees to 169k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sarasota County, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (23,144 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,274 people), and Management Occupations (18,679 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sarasota County, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sarasota County, FL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (23,144 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,274 people), and Management Occupations (18,679 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sarasota County, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.63 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.43 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sarasota County, FL, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,081), Management Occupations ($66,030), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($65,863).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

169k

2017 Value

± 8,135

2.23%

1 Year growth

± 6.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sarasota County, FL grew at a rate of 2.23%, from 165k employees to 169k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sarasota County, FL, are Retail Trade (25,581 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (25,524 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (17,815 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sarasota County, FL, though some of these residents may live in Sarasota County, FL 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 Sarasota County, FL, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (25,581 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (25,524 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (17,815 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sarasota County, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.92 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.47 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sarasota County, FL, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($250,001), Information ($65,012), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,882).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $57.1B

  2. $44.9B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $57.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($44.9B) and Gasoline ($41.8B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$457B

2015 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Florida trade was $457B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $714B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $15.1B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $17.7B, followed by Texas with $15.1B and California and $10.7B.

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

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Health

88.9% of the population of Sarasota County, FL has health coverage, with 31.1% on employee plans, 9.66% on Medicaid, 27.3% on Medicare, 18.8% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Sarasota County, FL was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Sarasota County, FL see 1263 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.29% decrease from the previous year (1306 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1384 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 606 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,263 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sarasota County, FL see an average of 1,263 patients per year. This represents a 3.29% decrease from the previous year (1,306 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sarasota County, FL 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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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

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

11.1%

Uninsured

31.1%

Employer Coverage

9.66%

Medicaid

27.3%

Medicare

18.8%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sarasota County, FL grew by 1.46% from 10.9% to 11.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sarasota County, FL 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. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

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

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Diversity

Sarasota County, FL is home to a population of 419k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 12% of Sarasota County, FL residents were born outside of the country (50.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Sarasota County, FL is composed of 349k White Alone residents (83.3%), 38.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.13%), 18.6k Black or African American Alone residents (4.43%), 7.76k Asian Alone residents (1.85%), 4.94k Two or More Races residents (1.18%), 305 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0728%), 219 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0523%), and 84 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.02%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sarasota County, FL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

56

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

53

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sarasota County, FL was 56. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 56, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 53. But people in Sarasota County, FL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sarasota County, FL residents was 56.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

50.2k people

11.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

48.8k people

As of 2017, 12% of Sarasota County, FL residents (50.2k people) 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 Sarasota County, FL was 11.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    984,212 ± 23,779 people

  2. Haiti

    353,866 ± 14,481 people

  3. Colombia

    274,220 ± 12,772 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 984,212 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 353,866 and Colombia with 274,220.

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Citizenship

95.1%

2017 Citizenship

93.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.1% of Sarasota County, FL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sarasota County, FL was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    349k ± 207

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    38.3k ± 2.08k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    18.6k ± 1.47k

In 2017, there were 9.12 times more White Alone residents (349k people) in Sarasota County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 38.3k Hispanic or Latino and 18.6k 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 Sarasota County, FL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Sarasota County, FL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Sarasota County, FL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Sarasota County, FL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    14,120 ± 1,660

  2. Korea

    7,051 ± 1,443

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,346 ± 1,131

Sarasota County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Sarasota County, FL awarded 1,030 degrees. The student population of Sarasota County, FL is skewed towards women, with 1,509 male students and 2,450 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sarasota County, FL are White (647 and 65.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (149 and 15%), Black or African American (133 and 13.4%), and Asian (41 and 4.13%).

The largest universities in Sarasota County, FL by number of degrees awarded are Ringling College of Art and Design (300 and 29.1%), Suncoast Technical College (223 and 21.7%), and New College of Florida (170 and 16.5%).

The most popular majors in Sarasota County, FL are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (92 and 8.93%), Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects (90 and 8.74%), and Illustration (83 and 8.06%).

The median tuition costs in Sarasota County, FL are $39,510 for private four year colleges, and $5,227 and $27,159 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Sarasota County, FL was Illustration with 83 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 300 degrees awarded

  2. 223 degrees awarded

  3. 170 degrees awarded

$5,227

Median In-State Public

$39,510

Median Private

In 2016, the Sarasota County, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ringling College of Art and Design with 300 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

368

Degrees Awarded to Men

662

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 368 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sarasota County, FL, which is 0.556 times less than the 662 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

    647 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    149 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    133 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sarasota County, FL were to White students. These 647 degrees mean that there were 4.34 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 149 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sarasota County, FL was $253,000 in 2017, which is 1.16 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $235,600 to $253,000, a 7.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Sarasota County, FL is 74.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sarasota County, FL have an average commute time of 22.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sarasota County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$58,400

Median Household Income

± $3,179

185k

Number of Households

± 7,391

In 2017, the median household income of the 185k households in Sarasota County, FL grew to $58,400 from the previous year's value of $54,989.

The following chart displays the households in Sarasota County, FL 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

$253,000

2017 Median

± $9,816

$235,600

2016 Median

± $7,473

In 2017, the median property value in Sarasota County, FL grew to to $253,000 from the previous year's value of $235,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sarasota County, FL 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 Sarasota County, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

74.7%

2017 Homeownership

76.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.7% of the housing units in Sarasota County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.4%.

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

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Commute Time

22.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sarasota County, FL have a shorter commute time (22.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.89% of the workforce in Sarasota County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.2%

  2. Worked At Home

    6.5%

  3. Carpooled

    6.12%

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

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