Scranton, PA

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Population

76,624

0.319% growth

Median Age

36.3


Median Household Income

$38,683

1.18% growth

Poverty Rate

23.6%


Number of Employees

32,674

0.147% decline

Median Property Value

$104,800

0.287% growth

About

In 2017, Scranton, PA had a population of 76.6k people with a median age of 36.3 and a median household income of $38,683. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Scranton, PA grew from 76,380 to 76,624, a 0.319% increase and its median household income grew from $38,232 to $38,683, a 1.18% increase.

The population of Scranton, PA is 73.7% White Alone, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.7% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Scranton, PA speak a non-English language, and 93.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Scranton, PA are University of Scranton (1,606 degrees awarded in 2016), Marywood University (888 degrees), and Lackawanna College (440 degrees).

The median property value in Scranton, PA is $104,800, and the homeownership rate is 50.2%. Most people in Scranton, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Scranton, PA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Scranton, PA employs 32.7k people. The largest industries in Scranton, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,203 people), Retail Trade (4,258 people), and Educational Services (3,730 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,417), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($55,121), and Public Administration ($51,282).

Median household income in Scranton, PA is $38,683. Males in Scranton, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Scranton, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,683

2017 value

± $1,421

1.18%

1 Year Growth

± 5.44%

Households in Scranton, PA have a median annual income of $38,683, 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 $38,232 in 2016, which represents a 1.18% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 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

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 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 Scranton, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 1017

  2. Census Tract 1010

  3. Census Tract 1027

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Scranton, PA was Census Tract 1017 with a value of $58,977, followed by Census Tract 1010 and Census Tract 1027, with respective values of $57,674 and $55,054.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Scranton, PA (16.8k out of 71.1k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    13,466 ± 810

  2. Hispanic

    5,007 ± 427

  3. Black

    1,615 ± 277

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Scranton, PA 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

32.7k

2017 Value

± 1,092

-0.147%

1 Year decline

± 4.62%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Scranton, PA declined at a rate of -0.147%, from 32.7k employees to 32.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Scranton, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,783 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,379 people), and Production Occupations (2,589 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Scranton, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Scranton, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,783 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,379 people), and Production Occupations (2,589 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Scranton, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.32 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.94 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Scranton, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,311), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,671), and Legal Occupations ($54,236).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

32.7k

2017 Value

± 1,092

-0.147%

1 Year decline

± 4.62%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Scranton, PA declined at a rate of -0.147%, from 32.7k employees to 32.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Scranton, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,203 people), Retail Trade (4,258 people), and Educational Services (3,730 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Scranton, PA, though some of these residents may live in Scranton, PA 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 Scranton, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,203 people), Retail Trade (4,258 people), and Educational Services (3,730 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Scranton, PA has an unusually high number of Wholesale Trade (1.52 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.34 times), and Educational Services (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Scranton, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,417), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($55,121), and Public Administration ($51,282).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Health

92.7% of the population of Scranton, PA has health coverage, with 44.7% on employee plans, 25.8% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 0.823% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Scranton, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Scranton, PA see 1232 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1228 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1481 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 559 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,232 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see an average of 1,232 patients per year. This represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1,228 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennsylvania 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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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

7.28%

Uninsured

44.7%

Employer Coverage

25.8%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

10%

Non-Group

0.823%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Scranton, PA declined by 22.6% from 9.41% to 7.28%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Scranton, PA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Scranton, PA is home to a population of 76.6k people, from which 93.7% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Scranton, PA residents were born outside of the country (7.95k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Scranton, PA is composed of 56.5k White Alone residents (73.7%), 10.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.4%), 4.37k Black or African American Alone residents (5.7%), 3.62k Asian Alone residents (4.72%), 1.77k Two or More Races residents (2.31%), 93 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.121%), 48 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0626%), and 15 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0196%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Scranton, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Scranton, PA was 36.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Scranton, PA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Scranton, PA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    7.95k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Scranton, PA residents (7.95k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Scranton, PA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

93.7%

2017 Citizenship

94.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.7% of Scranton, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Scranton, PA was 94.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    56.5k ± 765

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    10.2k ± 804

  3. Black or African American Alone

    4.37k ± 450

In 2017, there were 5.51 times more White Alone residents (56.5k people) in Scranton, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.2k Hispanic or Latino and 4.37k 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 Scranton, PA 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 Scranton, PA 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 Scranton, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Scranton, PA 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

    1,345 ± 190

  2. Korea

    553 ± 128

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    536 ± 179

Scranton, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Scranton, PA awarded 3,474 degrees. The student population of Scranton, PA is skewed towards women, with 4,545 male students and 6,723 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Scranton, PA are White (2,655 and 79.5%), followed by Unknown (200 and 5.99%), Hispanic or Latino (191 and 5.72%), and Black or African American (153 and 4.58%).

The largest universities in Scranton, PA by number of degrees awarded are University of Scranton (1,606 and 46.2%), Marywood University (888 and 25.6%), and Lackawanna College (440 and 12.7%).

The most popular majors in Scranton, PA are Accounting (133 and 3.83%), General Business Administration & Management (126 and 3.63%), and Social Work (119 and 3.43%).

The median tuition costs in Scranton, PA are $31,250 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. 70 degrees awarded

  2. 105 degrees awarded

  3. 81 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Scranton, PA was Accounting with 70 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,606 degrees awarded

  2. 888 degrees awarded

  3. 440 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$31,250

Median Private

In 2016, the Scranton, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Scranton with 1,606 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,429

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,045

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,429 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Scranton, PA, which is 0.699 times less than the 2,045 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Scranton, PA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,655 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    200 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    191 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Scranton, PA were to White students. These 2,655 degrees mean that there were 13.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 200 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Scranton, PA was $104,800 in 2017, which is 0.482 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $104,500 to $104,800, a 0.287% increase. The homeownership rate in Scranton, PA is 50.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Scranton, PA have an average commute time of 18.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Scranton, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$38,683

Median Household Income

± $1,421

29.5k

Number of Households

± 968

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.5k households in Scranton, PA grew to $38,683 from the previous year's value of $38,232.

The following chart displays the households in Scranton, PA 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$104,800

2017 Median

± $3,000

$104,500

2016 Median

± $2,736

In 2017, the median property value in Scranton, PA grew to to $104,800 from the previous year's value of $104,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Scranton, PA 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 Scranton, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Scranton, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Scranton, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

50.2%

2017 Homeownership

50.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 50.2% of the housing units in Scranton, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 50.9%.

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

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Commute Time

18.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Scranton, PA have a shorter commute time (18.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.75% of the workforce in Scranton, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.2%

  2. Carpooled

    14.4%

  3. Walked

    5.64%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Scranton, PA was Drove Alone (74.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (14.4%) and those who Walked (5.64%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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