Wichita, KS

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Population

646,542

0.17% growth

Median Age

36.1


Median Household Income

$54,432

1.43% growth

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Number of Employees

307,367

1.78% decline

Median Property Value

$138,500

4.61% growth

About

In 2017, Wichita, KS had a population of 647k people with a median age of 36.1 and a median household income of $54,432. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wichita, KS grew from 645,447 to 646,542, a 0.17% increase and its median household income grew from $53,663 to $54,432, a 1.43% increase.

The population of Wichita, KS is 71.8% White Alone, 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.04% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Wichita, KS speak a non-English language, and 96% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wichita, KS are Wichita State University (3,336 degrees awarded in 2016), Butler Community College (1,435 degrees), and Wichita Area Technical College (1,309 degrees).

The median property value in Wichita, KS is $138,500, and the homeownership rate is 64.8%. Most people in Wichita, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Wichita, KS is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Wichita, KS employs 307k people. The largest industries in Wichita, KS are Manufacturing (54,870 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (45,098 people), and Retail Trade (33,568 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,683), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,380), and Manufacturing ($51,819).

Median household income in Wichita, KS is $54,432. Males in Wichita, KS have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,818. The income inequality in Wichita, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,432

2017 value

± $1,539

1.43%

1 Year Growth

± 4.57%

Households in Wichita, KS have a median annual income of $54,432, 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 $53,663 in 2016, which represents a 1.43% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,772

Average Male Salary

± $1,885

$43,818

Average Female Salary

± $1,291

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wichita, KS made 1.41 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Wichita, KS 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

    $48,085 ± $6,078

  2. White

    $47,920 ± $1,168

  3. American Indian

    $44,963 ± $20,117

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wichita, KS workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Wichita, KS by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wichita, KS is from Kansas.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.46

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.67% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wichita, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $82,855, followed by Leavenworth County, KS and Butler County, KS, with respective values of $70,920 and $64,149.

The following map shows all of the counties in Wichita, KS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wichita, KS (87.8k out of 630k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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

    62,049 ± 1,721

  2. Hispanic

    19,367 ± 1,093

  3. Black

    14,331 ± 855

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wichita, KS 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

307k

2017 Value

± 8,864

-1.78%

1 Year decline

± 4.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wichita, KS declined at a rate of -1.78%, from 313k employees to 307k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wichita, KS, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (16,842 people), Other Production Occupations (10,079 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (8,292 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (16,842 people), Other Production Occupations (10,079 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (8,292 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wichita, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (2.73 times higher than expected), Construction Trades Workers Except Carpenters, Electricians, Painters, Plumbers, & Construction Laborers (2.35 times), and Assemblers & Fabricators (2.23 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,751), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,390), and Legal Occupations ($63,571).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

307k

2017 Value

± 8,864

-1.78%

1 Year decline

± 4.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wichita, KS declined at a rate of -1.78%, from 313k employees to 307k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wichita, KS, are Manufacturing (54,870 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (45,098 people), and Retail Trade (33,568 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wichita, KS, though some of these residents may live in Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (54,870 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (45,098 people), and Retail Trade (33,568 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wichita, KS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.85 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.5 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wichita, KS, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,683), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,380), and Manufacturing ($51,819).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains with $24.1B and Coal-n.e.c. and $22B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $357B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

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

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Health

90.5% of the population of Wichita, KS has health coverage, with 50.9% on employee plans, 13.2% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Wichita, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Wichita, KS see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1764 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1320 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1320 patients per year. This represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 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%).

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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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

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

9.53%

Uninsured

50.9%

Employer Coverage

13.2%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

2.07%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wichita, KS grew by 0.162% from 9.51% to 9.53%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wichita, KS 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. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Wichita, KS is home to a population of 647k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.27% of Wichita, KS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Wichita, KS is composed of 464k White Alone residents (71.8%), 84.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.1%), 45.5k Black or African American Alone residents (7.04%), 24k Two or More Races residents (3.71%), 24k Asian Alone residents (3.71%), 2.78k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.43%), 1.35k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.208%), and 81 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0125%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wichita, KS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wichita, KS was 36.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Wichita, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wichita, KS residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.27%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.27% of Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS was 7.27%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    75,244 ± 6,647 people

  2. India

    14,140 ± 2,912 people

  3. China

    10,007 ± 2,452 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wichita, KS was Mexico, the natal country of 75,244 Wichita, KS residents, followed by India with 14,140 and China with 10,007.

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Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

95.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96% of Wichita, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wichita, KS was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    464k ± 1.4k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    84.4k ± 7.54k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    45.5k ± 2.39k

In 2017, there were 5.5 times more White Alone residents (464k people) in Wichita, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 84.4k Hispanic or Latino and 45.5k 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 Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wichita, KS 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

    13,028 ± 1,130

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    9,924 ± 1,665

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,166 ± 1,017

Wichita, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wichita, KS awarded 8,828 degrees. The student population of Wichita, KS is skewed towards women, with 15,201 male students and 19,121 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wichita, KS are White (5,680 and 68.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (846 and 10.3%), Black or African American (662 and 8.03%), and Asian (372 and 4.51%).

The largest universities in Wichita, KS by number of degrees awarded are Wichita State University (3,336 and 37.8%), Butler Community College (1,435 and 16.3%), and Wichita Area Technical College (1,309 and 14.8%).

The most popular majors in Wichita, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (832 and 9.42%), Registered Nursing (675 and 7.65%), and General Business Administration & Management (411 and 4.66%).

The median tuition costs in Wichita, KS are $26,483 for private four year colleges, and $6,385 and $15,124 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 264 degrees awarded

  2. 178 degrees awarded

  3. 166 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Wichita, KS was Registered Nursing with 264 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,336 degrees awarded

  2. 1,435 degrees awarded

  3. 1,309 degrees awarded

$6,385

Median In-State Public

$26,483

Median Private

In 2016, the Wichita, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wichita State University with 3,336 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,465

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,363

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,465 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wichita, KS, which is 0.646 times less than the 5,363 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,680 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    846 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    662 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wichita, KS were to White students. These 5,680 degrees mean that there were 6.71 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 846 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wichita, KS was $138,500 in 2017, which is 0.636 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $132,400 to $138,500, a 4.61% increase. The homeownership rate in Wichita, KS is 64.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wichita, KS have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wichita, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$54,432

Median Household Income

± $1,539

247k

Number of Households

± 7,657

In 2017, the median household income of the 247k households in Wichita, KS grew to $54,432 from the previous year's value of $53,663.

The following chart displays the households in Wichita, KS 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

$138,500

2017 Median

± $3,130

$132,400

2016 Median

± $2,664

In 2017, the median property value in Wichita, KS grew to to $138,500 from the previous year's value of $132,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.8%

2017 Homeownership

65.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.8% of the housing units in Wichita, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.5%.

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

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wichita, KS have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1% of the workforce in Wichita, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.17%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.16%

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

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