Wilkesboro, NC

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Population

3,488

1.8% decline

Median Age

43.4


Median Household Income

$31,875

10.3% decline

Poverty Rate

22.3%


Number of Employees

1,408

5.79% growth

Median Property Value

$166,000

1.37% decline

About

In 2017, Wilkesboro, NC had a population of 3.49k people with a median age of 43.4 and a median household income of $31,875. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wilkesboro, NC declined from 3,552 to 3,488, a -1.8% decrease and its median household income declined from $35,550 to $31,875, a -10.3% decrease.

The population of Wilkesboro, NC is 82.5% White Alone, 5.88% Black or African American Alone, and 5.5% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Wilkesboro, NC speak a non-English language, and 98% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wilkesboro, NC are Wilkes Community College (784 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Wilkesboro, NC is $166,000, and the homeownership rate is 43.8%. Most people in Wilkesboro, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15 minutes. The average car ownership in Wilkesboro, NC is 1 car per household.

Economy

The economy of Wilkesboro, NC employs 1.41k people. The largest industries in Wilkesboro, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (299 people), Manufacturing (292 people), and Educational Services (203 people), and the highest paying industries are Health Care & Social Assistance ($43,405), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,147), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($41,923).

Median household income in Wilkesboro, NC is $31,875. Males in Wilkesboro, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Wilkesboro, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$31,875

2017 value

± $8,751

-10.3%

1 Year Growth

± 43.4%

Households in Wilkesboro, NC have a median annual income of $31,875, 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 $35,550 in 2016, which represents a -10.3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 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

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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 Wilkesboro, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina 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 9608.02

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wilkesboro, NC was Census Tract 9608.02 with a value of $38,728, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wilkesboro, NC (683 out of 3.06k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 12 - 14.

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

    466 ± 185

  2. Two Or More

    165 ± 142

  3. Black

    49 ± 77

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wilkesboro, NC is White, followed by Two Or More 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

1.41k

2017 Value

± 287

5.79%

1 Year growth

± 27.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wilkesboro, NC grew at a rate of 5.79%, from 1.33k employees to 1.41k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wilkesboro, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (169 people), Sales & Related Occupations (167 people), and Management Occupations (137 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wilkesboro, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wilkesboro, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (169 people), Sales & Related Occupations (167 people), and Management Occupations (137 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Wilkesboro, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.82 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.53 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wilkesboro, NC, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($85,875), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,550), and Community & Social Service Occupations ($46,094).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.41k

2017 Value

± 287

5.79%

1 Year growth

± 27.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wilkesboro, NC grew at a rate of 5.79%, from 1.33k employees to 1.41k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wilkesboro, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (299 people), Manufacturing (292 people), and Educational Services (203 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wilkesboro, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wilkesboro, NC 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 Wilkesboro, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (299 people), Manufacturing (292 people), and Educational Services (203 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Wilkesboro, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.05 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.56 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wilkesboro, NC, by median earnings, are Health Care & Social Assistance ($43,405), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,147), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($41,923).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

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

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Health

92.6% of the population of Wilkesboro, NC has health coverage, with 44.3% on employee plans, 18.5% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 15.7% on non-group plans, and 0.259% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Wilkesboro, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Wilkesboro, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

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

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Health Care Coverage

7.41%

Uninsured

44.3%

Employer Coverage

18.5%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

15.7%

Non-Group

0.259%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wilkesboro, NC declined by 13% from 8.52% to 7.41%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wilkesboro, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Wilkesboro, NC is home to a population of 3.49k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Wilkesboro, NC residents were born outside of the country (180 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wilkesboro, NC is composed of 2.88k White Alone residents (82.5%), 205 Black or African American Alone residents (5.88%), 192 Two or More Races residents (5.5%), 115 Hispanic or Latino residents (3.3%), 87 Asian Alone residents (2.49%), 10 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.287%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wilkesboro, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 7.6

51

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 15.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wilkesboro, NC was 43.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Wilkesboro, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wilkesboro, NC residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    180 people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Wilkesboro, NC residents (180 people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wilkesboro, NC was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

98%

2017 Citizenship

98.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98% of Wilkesboro, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wilkesboro, NC was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    2.88k ± 254

  2. Black or African American Alone

    205 ± 209

  3. Two or More Races

    192 ± 167

In 2017, there were 14 times more White Alone residents (2.88k people) in Wilkesboro, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 205 Black or African American Alone and 192 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 Wilkesboro, NC 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 Wilkesboro, NC 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 Wilkesboro, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wilkesboro, NC 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

    66 ± 51

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    61 ± 63

  3. Korea

    21 ± 26

Wilkesboro, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wilkesboro, NC awarded 784 degrees. The student population of Wilkesboro, NC is skewed towards women, with 1,195 male students and 1,414 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wilkesboro, NC are White (702 and 90.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (41 and 5.27%), Two or More Races (15 and 1.93%), and Black or African American (14 and 1.8%).

The largest universities in Wilkesboro, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wilkes Community College (784 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Wilkesboro, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (200 and 25.5%), Welding Technology (45 and 5.74%), and Commercial & Advertising Art (45 and 5.74%).

The median tuition costs in Wilkesboro, NC 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wilkesboro, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 150 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

784 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Wilkesboro, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wilkes Community College with 784 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

423

Degrees Awarded to Men

361

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 423 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wilkesboro, NC, which is 1.17 times more than the 361 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Wilkesboro, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    702 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    41 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    15 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wilkesboro, NC were to White students. These 702 degrees mean that there were 17.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 41 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wilkesboro, NC was $166,000 in 2017, which is 0.763 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $168,300 to $166,000, a 1.37% decrease. The homeownership rate in Wilkesboro, NC is 43.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wilkesboro, NC have an average commute time of 15 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wilkesboro, NC is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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

$31,875

Median Household Income

± $8,751

1.59k

Number of Households

± 282

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.59k households in Wilkesboro, NC declined from $31,875 from the previous year's value of $35,550.

The following chart displays the households in Wilkesboro, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$166,000

2017 Median

± $31,725

$168,300

2016 Median

± $22,580

In 2017, the median property value in Wilkesboro, NC declined from to $166,000 from the previous year's value of $168,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wilkesboro, NC 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 Wilkesboro, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $175k - $200k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

43.8%

2017 Homeownership

51.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 43.8% of the housing units in Wilkesboro, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 51.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Wilkesboro, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Wilkesboro, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wilkesboro, NC have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

15 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wilkesboro, NC have a shorter commute time (15 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0% of the workforce in Wilkesboro, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    90.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.44%

  3. Taxi

    0%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wilkesboro, NC was Drove Alone (90.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.44%) and those who Taxi (0%).

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

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