Walla Walla County, WA

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Population

59,862

0.0886% growth

Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$52,630

8.06% growth

Poverty Rate

14.4%


Number of Employees

26,496

0.768% growth

Median Property Value

$196,300

2.4% growth

About

In 2017, Walla Walla County, WA had a population of 59.9k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $52,630. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Walla Walla County, WA grew from 59,809 to 59,862, a 0.0886% increase and its median household income grew from $48,705 to $52,630, a 8.06% increase.

The population of Walla Walla County, WA is 72.3% White Alone, 21.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.95% Two or More Races. 18.8% of the people in Walla Walla County, WA speak a non-English language, and 92.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Walla Walla County, WA are Walla Walla Community College (1,923 degrees awarded in 2016), Walla Walla University (473 degrees), and Whitman College (406 degrees).

The median property value in Walla Walla County, WA is $196,300, and the homeownership rate is 64.5%. Most people in Walla Walla County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Walla Walla County, WA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Walla Walla County, WA employs 26.5k people. The largest industries in Walla Walla County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,342 people), Educational Services (4,060 people), and Retail Trade (2,645 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,417), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,949), and Construction ($51,875).

Median household income in Walla Walla County, WA is $52,630. Males in Walla Walla County, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,882. The income inequality in Walla Walla County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,630

2017 value

± $2,025

8.06%

1 Year Growth

± 5.38%

Households in Walla Walla County, WA have a median annual income of $52,630, 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 $48,705 in 2016, which represents a 8.06% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,040

Average Male Salary

± $1,385

$53,882

Average Female Salary

± $1,130

In 2017, full-time male employees in Walla Walla County, WA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Walla Walla County, WA 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

    $65,555 ± $3,156

  2. White

    $57,225 ± $943

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,049 ± $3,328

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Walla Walla County, WA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 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 Walla Walla County, WA is from Washington.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.104% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington 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 9209

  2. Census Tract 9202

  3. Census Tract 9200

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Walla Walla County, WA was Census Tract 9209 with a value of $69,021, followed by Census Tract 9202 and Census Tract 9200, with respective values of $62,685 and $62,318.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Walla Walla County, WA (7.86k out of 54.6k 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 Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    6,508 ± 569

  2. Hispanic

    2,176 ± 341

  3. Other

    747 ± 225

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Walla Walla County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

26.5k

2017 Value

± 1,088

0.768%

1 Year growth

± 5.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Walla Walla County, WA grew at a rate of 0.768%, from 26.3k employees to 26.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Walla Walla County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,354 people), Management Occupations (2,570 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,268 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Walla Walla County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Walla Walla County, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,354 people), Management Occupations (2,570 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,268 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Walla Walla County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6.55 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.49 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Walla Walla County, WA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($74,344), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($64,394), and Management Occupations ($61,473).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

26.5k

2017 Value

± 1,088

0.768%

1 Year growth

± 5.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Walla Walla County, WA grew at a rate of 0.768%, from 26.3k employees to 26.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Walla Walla County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,342 people), Educational Services (4,060 people), and Retail Trade (2,645 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Walla Walla County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Walla Walla County, WA 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 Walla Walla County, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,342 people), Educational Services (4,060 people), and Retail Trade (2,645 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Walla Walla County, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.43 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.65 times), and Public Administration (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Walla Walla County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($75,417), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,949), and Construction ($51,875).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight with $37.2B and Gasoline and $28.3B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

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

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Health

90.9% of the population of Walla Walla County, WA has health coverage, with 42.1% on employee plans, 18.3% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 2.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Walla Walla County, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Walla Walla County, WA see 815 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.13% increase from the previous year (798 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1257 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 444 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

815 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Walla Walla County, WA see an average of 815 patients per year. This represents a 2.13% increase from the previous year (798 patients).

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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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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.12%

Uninsured

42.1%

Employer Coverage

18.3%

Medicaid

11.8%

Medicare

16.3%

Non-Group

2.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Walla Walla County, WA declined by 16.1% from 10.9% to 9.12%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

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

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Diversity

Walla Walla County, WA is home to a population of 59.9k people, from which 92.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 10% of Walla Walla County, WA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Walla Walla County, WA is composed of 43.3k White Alone residents (72.3%), 12.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (21.1%), 1.77k Two or More Races residents (2.95%), 898 Asian Alone residents (1.5%), 837 Black or African American Alone residents (1.4%), 310 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.518%), 113 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.189%), and 37 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0618%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Walla Walla County, WA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (8,769 speakers), Russian (392 speakers), and Chinese (287 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Walla Walla County, WA was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Walla Walla County, WA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Walla Walla County, WA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.93%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10% of Walla Walla County, WA 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 Walla Walla County, WA was 9.93%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,445 ± 11,764 people

  2. Philippines

    67,799 ± 6,362 people

  3. India

    67,429 ± 6,345 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Walla Walla County, WA was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Walla Walla County, WA residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

92.7%

2017 Citizenship

92.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.7% of Walla Walla County, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Walla Walla County, WA was 92.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    43.3k ± 77

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    12.6k ± 1.18k

  3. Two or More Races

    1.77k ± 216

In 2017, there were 3.43 times more White Alone residents (43.3k people) in Walla Walla County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.6k Hispanic or Latino and 1.77k 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 Walla Walla County, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    8,769 speakers (15.6%)

  2. Russian

    392 speakers (0.698%)

  3. Chinese

    287 speakers (0.511%)

18.8% of Walla Walla County, WA 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 Walla Walla County, WA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 15.6% of the overall population of Walla Walla County, WA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.698% speak Russian and 0.511% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,755 ± 220

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    894 ± 210

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    649 ± 144

Walla Walla County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Walla Walla County, WA awarded 2,802 degrees. The student population of Walla Walla County, WA is skewed towards men, with 4,004 male students and 3,710 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Walla Walla County, WA are White (1,956 and 70.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (373 and 13.4%), Unknown (139 and 5%), and Two or More Races (100 and 3.6%).

The largest universities in Walla Walla County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Walla Walla Community College (1,923 and 68.6%), Walla Walla University (473 and 16.9%), and Whitman College (406 and 14.5%).

The most popular majors in Walla Walla County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (367 and 13.1%), Registered Nursing (178 and 6.35%), and Welding Technology (153 and 5.46%).

The median tuition costs in Walla Walla County, WA are $36,795 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. 117 degrees awarded

  2. 29 degrees awarded

  3. 367 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Walla Walla County, WA was Registered Nursing with 117 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,923 degrees awarded

  2. 473 degrees awarded

  3. 406 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$36,795

Median Private

In 2016, the Walla Walla County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Walla Walla Community College with 1,923 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,464

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,338

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,464 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Walla Walla County, WA, which is 1.09 times more than the 1,338 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

    1,956 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    373 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    139 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Walla Walla County, WA were to White students. These 1,956 degrees mean that there were 5.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 373 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Walla Walla County, WA was $196,300 in 2017, which is 0.902 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $191,700 to $196,300, a 2.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Walla Walla County, WA is 64.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Walla Walla County, WA have an average commute time of 14.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Walla Walla County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,630

Median Household Income

± $2,025

22.4k

Number of Households

± 1,004

In 2017, the median household income of the 22.4k households in Walla Walla County, WA grew to $52,630 from the previous year's value of $48,705.

The following chart displays the households in Walla Walla County, WA 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$196,300

2017 Median

± $5,527

$191,700

2016 Median

± $6,315

In 2017, the median property value in Walla Walla County, WA grew to to $196,300 from the previous year's value of $191,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Walla Walla County, WA 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 Walla Walla County, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.5%

2017 Homeownership

64.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.5% of the housing units in Walla Walla County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.8%.

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

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Commute Time

14.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Walla Walla County, WA have a shorter commute time (14.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.993% of the workforce in Walla Walla County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.6%

  2. Carpooled

    12.2%

  3. Walked

    8.04%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Walla Walla County, WA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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