Amherst Center, MA

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Population

20,084

0.235% growth

Poverty Rate

37.3%


Median Age

20.5


Median Household Income

$36,648

14.1% growth

Number of Employees

8,572

3.61% growth

Median Property Value

$327,100

3.62% decline

About

In 2017, Amherst Center, MA had a population of 20.1k people with a median age of 20.5 and a median household income of $36,648. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Amherst Center, MA grew from 20,037 to 20,084, a 0.235% increase and its median household income grew from $32,121 to $36,648, a 14.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Amherst Center, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (72.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (12.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.78%), White (Hispanic) (4.24%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.9%). N/A% of the people in Amherst Center, MA speak a non-English language, and 92.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Amherst Center, MA are University of Massachusetts-Amherst (8,788 degrees awarded in 2017) and Amherst College (666 degrees).

The median property value in Amherst Center, MA is $327,100, and the homeownership rate is 36.1%. Most people in Amherst Center, MA commute by Walked, and the average commute time is 12.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Amherst Center, MA is 1 car per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Amherst Center, MA employs 8.57k people. The largest industries in Amherst Center, MA are Educational Services (3,619 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,046 people), and Retail Trade (975 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($37,321), Wholesale Trade ($24,464), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($22,651).

Median household income in Amherst Center, MA is $36,648. Males in Amherst Center, MA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,850. The income inequality in Amherst Center, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,648

2017 value

± $5,695

14.1%

1 Year Growth

± 22.8%

Households in Amherst Center, MA have a median annual income of $36,648, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,121 in 2016, which represents a 14.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,043

Average Male Salary

± $1,786

$62,850

Average Female Salary

± $1,306

In 2017, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts 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

    $68,516 ± $4,051

  2. White

    $64,668 ± $1,113

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,586 ± $39,015

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 Amherst Center, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.485

2017 Wage GINI

0.485

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.485 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0457% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts 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 8206

  2. Census Tract 8208.01

  3. Census Tract 8203

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Amherst Center, MA was Census Tract 8206 with a value of $80,714, followed by Census Tract 8208.01 and Census Tract 8203, with respective values of $70,185 and $44,855.

The following map shows all of the places in Amherst Center, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

37.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Amherst Center, MA (2.62k out of 7.02k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 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

    2,232 ± 556

  2. Asian

    232 ± 182

  3. Black

    84 ± 124

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Amherst Center, MA is White, followed by Asian 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

8.57k

2017 Value

± 670

3.61%

1 Year growth

± 11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Amherst Center, MA grew at a rate of 3.61%, from 8.27k employees to 8.57k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Amherst Center, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,382 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,079 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,023 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Amherst Center, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Amherst Center, MA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,382 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,079 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,023 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Amherst Center, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Personal Care & Service Occupations (3.03 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.73 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.56 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Amherst Center, MA, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($87,903), Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($43,250), and Management Occupations ($42,833).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.57k

2017 Value

± 670

3.61%

1 Year growth

± 11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Amherst Center, MA grew at a rate of 3.61%, from 8.27k employees to 8.57k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Amherst Center, MA, are Educational Services (3,619 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,046 people), and Retail Trade (975 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Amherst Center, MA, though some of these residents may live in Amherst Center, MA 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 Amherst Center, MA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (3,619 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,046 people), and Retail Trade (975 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Amherst Center, MA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (4.56 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.86 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.6 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Amherst Center, MA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($37,321), Wholesale Trade ($24,464), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($22,651).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.9B

  2. $29.2B

  3. $27.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $30.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($29.2B) and Electronics ($27.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$260B

2020 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

40% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $260B. This is expected to increase 40% to $364B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $14.6B

  2. $13.9B

  3. $13.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $14.6B, followed by Connecticut with $13.9B and New Hampshire and $13.9B.

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

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Health

97.3% of the population of Amherst Center, MA has health coverage, with 64.4% on employee plans, 9.46% on Medicaid, 3.3% on Medicare, 19.9% on non-group plans, and 0.265% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Amherst Center, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Amherst Center, MA see 717 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.13% increase from the previous year (709 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1445 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 129 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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717 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Hampshire County, MA see an average of 717 patients per year. This represents a 1.13% increase from the previous year (709 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Hampshire County, MA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

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

2.67%

Uninsured

64.4%

Employer Coverage

9.46%

Medicaid

3.3%

Medicare

19.9%

Non-Group

0.265%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Amherst Center, MA declined by 12.4% from 3.05% to 2.67%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Amherst Center, MA 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. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

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

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Diversity

Amherst Center, MA is home to a population of 20.1k people, from which 92.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 12.8% of Amherst Center, MA residents were born outside of the country (2.58k people).

In 2017, there were 5.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.6k people) in Amherst Center, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.58k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 960 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

20

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

21

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Amherst Center, MA was 20.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 20, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 21. But people in Amherst Center, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Amherst Center, MA residents was 20.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.58k people

10.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.17k people

As of 2017, 12.8% of Amherst Center, MA residents (2.58k 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 Amherst Center, MA was 10.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    88,014 ± 7,236 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    84,884 ± 7,108 people

  3. Brazil

    66,506 ± 6,300 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 88,014 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

92.2%

2017 Citizenship

94%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.2% of Amherst Center, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Amherst Center, MA was 94%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Amherst Center, MA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    14.6k ± 582

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    2.58k ± 318

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    960 ± 224

In 2017, there were 5.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.6k people) in Amherst Center, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.58k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 960 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Amherst Center, MA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    52 ± 52

  2. World War II

    41 ± 44

  3. Korea

    22 ± 33

Amherst Center, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Amherst Center, MA awarded 9,454 degrees. The student population of Amherst Center, MA is skewed towards men, with 16,106 male students and 16,070 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Amherst Center, MA are White (5,966 and 68%), followed by Unknown (842 and 9.59%), Asian (775 and 8.83%), and Hispanic or Latino (509 and 5.8%).

The largest universities in Amherst Center, MA by number of degrees awarded are University of Massachusetts-Amherst (8,788 and 93%) and Amherst College (666 and 7.04%).

The most popular majors in Amherst Center, MA are General Business Administration & Management (519 and 5.49%), General Psychology (482 and 5.1%), and General Economics (394 and 4.17%).

The median tuition costs in Amherst Center, MA are $53,430 for private four year colleges, and $15,030 and $33,096 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 375 degrees awarded

  2. 295 degrees awarded

  3. 462 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Amherst Center, MA was General Economics with 375 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,788 degrees awarded

  2. 666 degrees awarded

$15,030

Median In-State Public

$53,430

Median Private

In 2017, the Amherst Center, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Massachusetts-Amherst with 8,788 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,570

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,884

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 4,570 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Amherst Center, MA, which is 0.936 times less than the 4,884 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

    5,966 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    842 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    775 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Amherst Center, MA were to White students. These 5,966 degrees mean that there were 7.09 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 842 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Amherst Center, MA was $327,100 in 2017, which is 1.42 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $339,400 to $327,100, a 3.62% decrease. The homeownership rate in Amherst Center, MA is 36.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Amherst Center, MA have an average commute time of 12.6 minutes, and they commute by Walked. Car ownership in Amherst Center, MA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$327,100

2017 Median

± $32,351

$339,400

2016 Median

± $27,076

In 2017, the median property value in Amherst Center, MA declined from to $327,100 from the previous year's value of $339,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Amherst Center, MA 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 Amherst Center, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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

$36,648

Median Household Income

± $5,695

2.98k

Number of Households

± 420

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.98k households in Amherst Center, MA grew to $36,648 from the previous year's value of $32,121.

The following chart displays the households in Amherst Center, MA 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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

36.1%

2017 Homeownership

37%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 36.1% of the housing units in Amherst Center, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 37%.

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

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Commute Time

12.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Amherst Center, MA have a shorter commute time (12.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.527% of the workforce in Amherst Center, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Walked

    38.2%

  2. Drove Alone

    30.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    12.2%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Amherst Center, MA was Walked (38.2%), followed by those who Drove Alone (30.3%) and those who Worked At Home (12.2%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

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

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