Somerset County, NJ

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Population

335,432

0.504% growth

Median Age

41.1


Median Household Income

$112,153

7.35% growth

Poverty Rate

4.77%


Number of Employees

175,427

0.252% decline

Median Property Value

$424,900

0.497% growth

About

In 2017, Somerset County, NJ had a population of 335k people with a median age of 41.1 and a median household income of $112,153. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Somerset County, NJ grew from 333,751 to 335,432, a 0.504% increase and its median household income grew from $104,478 to $112,153, a 7.35% increase.

The population of Somerset County, NJ is 55.9% White Alone, 18.5% Asian Alone, and 14.8% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Somerset County, NJ speak a non-English language, and 89.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, NJ are Raritan Valley Community College (1,139 degrees awarded in 2016) and Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-North Plainfield (33 degrees).

The median property value in Somerset County, NJ is $424,900, and the homeownership rate is 77%. Most people in Somerset County, NJ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Somerset County, NJ is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Somerset County, NJ employs 175k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,577 people), Retail Trade (19,535 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (19,405 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($125,522), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($121,460), and Information ($101,805).

Median household income in Somerset County, NJ is $112,153. Males in Somerset County, NJ have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,638. The income inequality in Somerset County, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$112,153

2017 value

± $5,663

7.35%

1 Year Growth

± 5.83%

Households in Somerset County, NJ have a median annual income of $112,153, 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 $104,478 in 2016, which represents a 7.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$86,424

Average Male Salary

± $1,628

$62,638

Average Female Salary

± $1,187

In 2017, full-time male employees in Somerset County, NJ made 1.38 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

    $82,096 ± $2,933

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $70,592 ± $66,407

  3. White

    $69,144 ± $1,183

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Somerset County, NJ workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 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 Somerset County, NJ is from New Jersey.

0.493

2017 Wage GINI

0.49

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.562% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in New Jersey 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 526.01

  2. Census Tract 539.04

  3. Census Tract 542.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, NJ was Census Tract 526.01 with a value of $196,342, followed by Census Tract 539.04 and Census Tract 542.02, with respective values of $189,732 and $173,125.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

4.77% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, NJ (15.7k out of 330k 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 18 - 24 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

    9,398 ± 756

  2. Hispanic

    3,684 ± 495

  3. Black

    3,260 ± 570

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Somerset County, NJ 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

175k

2017 Value

± 7,158

-0.252%

1 Year decline

± 5.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Somerset County, NJ declined at a rate of -0.252%, from 176k employees to 175k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, NJ, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,245 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (5,919 people), and Miscellaneous Computer Occupations, Including Computer Support Specialists (5,762 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Somerset County, NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Somerset County, NJ, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,245 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (5,919 people), and Miscellaneous Computer Occupations, Including Computer Support Specialists (5,762 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Mathematical Science Occupations (4.64 times higher than expected), Miscellaneous Computer Occupations, Including Computer Support Specialists (3.52 times), and Computer & Information Research Scientists & Analysts (3.3 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Somerset County, NJ, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($121,907), Management Occupations ($120,914), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($102,183).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

175k

2017 Value

± 7,158

-0.252%

1 Year decline

± 5.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Somerset County, NJ declined at a rate of -0.252%, from 176k employees to 175k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,577 people), Retail Trade (19,535 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (19,405 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Somerset County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Somerset County, NJ 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 Somerset County, NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,577 people), Retail Trade (19,535 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (19,405 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, NJ has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.8 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.65 times), and Information (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Somerset County, NJ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($125,522), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($121,460), and Information ($101,805).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $36.5B

  3. $35.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $48.1B, followed by Electronics with $36.5B and Motorized vehicles and $35.3B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$467B

2015 Value

$734B

Projected 2045 Value

57.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Jersey trade was $467B. This is expected to increase 57.1% to $734B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $70.5B

  2. $48.9B

  3. $16.6B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $70.5B, followed by Pennsylvania with $48.9B and California and $16.6B.

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

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Health

95.2% of the population of Somerset County, NJ has health coverage, with 68.2% on employee plans, 6.58% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 8.61% on non-group plans, and 0.331% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Somerset County, NJ was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, NJ see 897 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.993% decrease from the previous year (906 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1050 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 405 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.1%). Additionally, Cumberland County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

897 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, NJ see an average of 897 patients per year. This represents a 0.993% decrease from the previous year (906 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Somerset County, NJ 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

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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$8,859

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,081

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,049

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,614

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

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

4.75%

Uninsured

68.2%

Employer Coverage

6.58%

Medicaid

11.5%

Medicare

8.61%

Non-Group

0.331%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, NJ declined by 7.91% from 5.16% to 4.75%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Somerset County, NJ 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. 12.1% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 12.1%.

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

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Diversity

Somerset County, NJ is home to a population of 335k people, from which 89.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 24.4% of Somerset County, NJ residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Somerset County, NJ is composed of 187k White Alone residents (55.9%), 61.9k Asian Alone residents (18.5%), 49.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (14.8%), 31.3k Black or African American Alone residents (9.34%), 4.57k Two or More Races residents (1.36%), 297 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0885%), 182 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0543%), and 43 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0128%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Somerset County, NJ are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Somerset County, NJ was 41.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Somerset County, NJ are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Somerset County, NJ residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

24.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

23.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 24.4% of Somerset County, NJ residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Somerset County, NJ was 23.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. India

    283,401 ± 12,863 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    186,056 ± 10,480 people

  3. Mexico

    122,971 ± 8,550 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Somerset County, NJ was India, the natal country of 283,401 Somerset County, NJ residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 186,056 and Mexico with 122,971.

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Citizenship

89.9%

2017 Citizenship

89.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.9% of Somerset County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, NJ was 89.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    187k ± 351

  2. Asian Alone

    61.9k ± 1.06k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    49.6k ± 3.5k

In 2017, there were 3.03 times more White Alone residents (187k people) in Somerset County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.9k Asian Alone and 49.6k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Somerset County, NJ 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 Somerset County, NJ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Somerset County, NJ was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Somerset County, NJ 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. false

    0 ± 0

  2. false

    0 ± 0

  3. false

    0 ± 0

Somerset County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in false, N/A times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Somerset County, NJ awarded 1,172 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, NJ is skewed towards men, with 4,361 male students and 4,025 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, NJ are White (723 and 62.6%), followed by Unknown (169 and 14.6%), Asian (83 and 7.19%), and Hispanic or Latino (83 and 7.19%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, NJ by number of degrees awarded are Raritan Valley Community College (1,139 and 97.2%) and Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-North Plainfield (33 and 2.82%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, NJ are Liberal Arts & Sciences (233 and 19.9%), General Business (162 and 13.8%), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (159 and 13.6%).

The median tuition costs in Somerset County, NJ 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. 227 degrees awarded

  2. 162 degrees awarded

  3. 159 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Somerset County, NJ was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 227 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,139 degrees awarded

  2. 33 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Somerset County, NJ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Raritan Valley Community College with 1,139 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

618

Degrees Awarded to Men

554

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 618 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, NJ, which is 1.12 times more than the 554 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

    723 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    169 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    83 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Somerset County, NJ were to White students. These 723 degrees mean that there were 4.28 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 169 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, NJ was $424,900 in 2017, which is 1.95 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $422,800 to $424,900, a 0.497% increase. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, NJ is 77%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Somerset County, NJ have an average commute time of 29.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Somerset County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$112,153

Median Household Income

± $5,663

115k

Number of Households

± 5,208

In 2017, the median household income of the 115k households in Somerset County, NJ grew to $112,153 from the previous year's value of $104,478.

The following chart displays the households in Somerset County, NJ 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 $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$424,900

2017 Median

± $15,753

$422,800

2016 Median

± $14,376

In 2017, the median property value in Somerset County, NJ grew to to $424,900 from the previous year's value of $422,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Somerset County, NJ 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 Somerset County, NJ 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 Somerset County, NJ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Somerset County, NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

77%

2017 Homeownership

74.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77% of the housing units in Somerset County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.7%.

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

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Commute Time

29.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, NJ have a longer commute time (29.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.43% of the workforce in Somerset County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78%

  2. Carpooled

    7.02%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.28%

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

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