Whatcom County, WA

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Population

212,738

1.43% growth

Median Age

36.9


Median Household Income

$56,419

4.08% growth

Poverty Rate

15.3%


Number of Employees

102,696

2.91% growth

Median Property Value

$299,800

5.94% growth

About

In 2017, Whatcom County, WA had a population of 213k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $56,419. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Whatcom County, WA grew from 209,729 to 212,738, a 1.43% increase and its median household income grew from $54,207 to $56,419, a 4.08% increase.

The population of Whatcom County, WA is 79.8% White Alone, 9.02% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.04% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Whatcom County, WA speak a non-English language, and 94.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whatcom County, WA are Western Washington University (3,881 degrees awarded in 2016), Whatcom Community College (1,225 degrees), and Bellingham Technical College (912 degrees).

The median property value in Whatcom County, WA is $299,800, and the homeownership rate is 61.8%. Most people in Whatcom County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Whatcom County, WA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Whatcom County, WA employs 103k people. The largest industries in Whatcom County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,687 people), Retail Trade (12,414 people), and Educational Services (11,442 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,381), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,604), and Public Administration ($59,423).

Median household income in Whatcom County, WA is $56,419. Males in Whatcom 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 Whatcom County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,419

2017 value

± $1,506

4.08%

1 Year Growth

± 3.22%

Households in Whatcom County, WA have a median annual income of $56,419, 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 $54,207 in 2016, which represents a 4.08% 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 Washington made 1.36 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

    $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 Washington 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 Whatcom 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington 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 8.04

  2. Census Tract 8.06

  3. Census Tract 107.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Whatcom County, WA was Census Tract 8.04 with a value of $82,180, followed by Census Tract 8.06 and Census Tract 107.01, with respective values of $73,273 and $71,314.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Whatcom 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

15.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Whatcom County, WA (31.6k out of 207k 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 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

    24,741 ± 1,228

  2. Hispanic

    4,084 ± 554

  3. Two Or More

    1,821 ± 341

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Whatcom County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

103k

2017 Value

± 2,466

2.91%

1 Year growth

± 3.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whatcom County, WA grew at a rate of 2.91%, from 99.8k employees to 103k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Whatcom County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,781 people), Management Occupations (10,816 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (10,693 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Whatcom County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Whatcom County, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,781 people), Management Occupations (10,816 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (10,693 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whatcom County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.76 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.31 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.24 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Whatcom County, WA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($84,293), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($69,984), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,726).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

103k

2017 Value

± 2,466

2.91%

1 Year growth

± 3.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whatcom County, WA grew at a rate of 2.91%, from 99.8k employees to 103k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Whatcom County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,687 people), Retail Trade (12,414 people), and Educational Services (11,442 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Whatcom County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Whatcom 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 Whatcom County, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,687 people), Retail Trade (12,414 people), and Educational Services (11,442 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whatcom County, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.41 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.5 times), and Educational Services (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Whatcom County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,381), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,604), and Public Administration ($59,423).

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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 ($37.2B) and Gasoline ($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

92% of the population of Whatcom County, WA has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 16.2% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.42% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Whatcom County, WA see 1147 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.46% decrease from the previous year (1164 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1390 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 247 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

1,147 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Whatcom County, WA see an average of 1,147 patients per year. This represents a 1.46% decrease from the previous year (1,164 patients).

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

8.01%

Uninsured

46.8%

Employer Coverage

16.2%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

15.8%

Non-Group

1.42%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Whatcom County, WA declined by 19.1% from 9.9% to 8.01%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Whatcom County, WA 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. 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

Whatcom County, WA is home to a population of 213k people, from which 94.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.6% of Whatcom County, WA residents were born outside of the country (22.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Whatcom County, WA is composed of 170k White Alone residents (79.8%), 19.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.02%), 8.59k Asian Alone residents (4.04%), 6.66k Two or More Races residents (3.13%), 5.86k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.76%), 1.99k Black or African American Alone residents (0.934%), 573 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.269%), and 170 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0799%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Whatcom County, WA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Whatcom County, WA was 36.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Whatcom County, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Whatcom County, WA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

22.6k people

10.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

22.6k people

As of 2017, 10.6% of Whatcom County, WA residents (22.6k 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 Whatcom County, WA was 10.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Washington residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

94.8%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.8% of Whatcom County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Whatcom County, WA was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    170k ± 93

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    19.2k ± 1.47k

  3. Asian Alone

    8.59k ± 457

In 2017, there were 8.84 times more White Alone residents (170k people) in Whatcom County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.2k Hispanic or Latino and 8.59k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Whatcom County, WA 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 Whatcom County, WA 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 Whatcom County, WA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Whatcom County, WA 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

    5,519 ± 513

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,916 ± 414

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,772 ± 352

Whatcom County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.88 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Whatcom County, WA awarded 6,174 degrees. The student population of Whatcom County, WA is skewed towards women, with 10,099 male students and 12,987 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Whatcom County, WA are White (4,427 and 72.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (434 and 7.14%), Two or More Races (380 and 6.25%), and Asian (305 and 5.02%).

The largest universities in Whatcom County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Western Washington University (3,881 and 62.9%), Whatcom Community College (1,225 and 19.8%), and Bellingham Technical College (912 and 14.8%).

The most popular majors in Whatcom County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (705 and 11.4%), General Business Administration & Management (193 and 3.13%), and General Psychology (180 and 2.92%).

The median tuition costs in Whatcom County, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,032 and $7,130 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 113 degrees awarded

  2. 180 degrees awarded

  3. 134 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Whatcom County, WA was General Business Administration & Management with 113 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,881 degrees awarded

  2. 1,225 degrees awarded

  3. 912 degrees awarded

$4,032

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Whatcom County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Washington University with 3,881 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,661

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,513

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,661 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Whatcom County, WA, which is 0.757 times less than the 3,513 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

    4,427 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    434 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    380 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Whatcom County, WA were to White students. These 4,427 degrees mean that there were 10.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 434 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whatcom County, WA was $299,800 in 2017, which is 1.38 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $283,000 to $299,800, a 5.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Whatcom County, WA is 61.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Whatcom County, WA have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Whatcom 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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$56,419

Median Household Income

± $1,506

83.5k

Number of Households

± 2,060

In 2017, the median household income of the 83.5k households in Whatcom County, WA grew to $56,419 from the previous year's value of $54,207.

The following chart displays the households in Whatcom 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$299,800

2017 Median

± $5,614

$283,000

2016 Median

± $3,870

In 2017, the median property value in Whatcom County, WA grew to to $299,800 from the previous year's value of $283,000.

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

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Rent vs Own

61.8%

2017 Homeownership

62.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.8% of the housing units in Whatcom County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.2%.

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

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Whatcom County, WA have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.32% of the workforce in Whatcom County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.13%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.93%

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

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