Bamberg County, SC

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Population

14,842

1.43% decline

Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$32,330

0.0278% growth

Poverty Rate

24.5%


Number of Employees

5,592

1.84% decline

Median Property Value

$65,800

0.92% growth

About

In 2017, Bamberg County, SC had a population of 14.8k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $32,330. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bamberg County, SC declined from 15,057 to 14,842, a -1.43% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,321 to $32,330, a 0.0278% increase.

The population of Bamberg County, SC is 61.5% Black or African American Alone, 35.6% White Alone, and 1.94% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Bamberg County, SC speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bamberg County, SC are Denmark Technical College (147 degrees awarded in 2016) and Voorhees College (70 degrees).

The median property value in Bamberg County, SC is $65,800, and the homeownership rate is 76%. Most people in Bamberg County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Bamberg County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Bamberg County, SC employs 5.59k people. The largest industries in Bamberg County, SC are Manufacturing (1,278 people), Educational Services (923 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (848 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,833), Construction ($43,456), and Public Administration ($41,558).

Median household income in Bamberg County, SC is $32,330. Males in Bamberg County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Bamberg County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,330

2017 value

± $6,355

0.0278%

1 Year Growth

± 22.9%

Households in Bamberg County, SC have a median annual income of $32,330, 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 $32,321 in 2016, which represents a 0.0278% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bamberg County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in South 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 9603

  2. Census Tract 9602

  3. Census Tract 9604

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bamberg County, SC was Census Tract 9603 with a value of $43,000, followed by Census Tract 9602 and Census Tract 9604, with respective values of $38,234 and $36,875.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bamberg County, SC (3.41k out of 13.9k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

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. Black

    2,712 ± 417

  2. White

    590 ± 151

  3. Hispanic

    96 ± 124

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bamberg County, SC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

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

5.59k

2017 Value

± 607

-1.84%

1 Year decline

± 15.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bamberg County, SC declined at a rate of -1.84%, from 5.7k employees to 5.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bamberg County, SC, are Production Occupations (714 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (564 people), and Management Occupations (528 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bamberg County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bamberg County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (714 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (564 people), and Management Occupations (528 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bamberg County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (4.11 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.2 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.07 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bamberg County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,385), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,128), and Management Occupations ($65,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.59k

2017 Value

± 607

-1.84%

1 Year decline

± 15.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bamberg County, SC declined at a rate of -1.84%, from 5.7k employees to 5.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bamberg County, SC, are Manufacturing (1,278 people), Educational Services (923 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (848 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bamberg County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Bamberg County, SC 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 Bamberg County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,278 people), Educational Services (923 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (848 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bamberg County, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.26 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.89 times), and Educational Services (1.78 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bamberg County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,833), Construction ($43,456), and Public Administration ($41,558).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

84% of the population of Bamberg County, SC has health coverage, with 29.8% on employee plans, 26.3% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bamberg County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Bamberg County, SC see 2976 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.98% decrease from the previous year (3036 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1804 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2887 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,976 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bamberg County, SC see an average of 2,976 patients per year. This represents a 1.98% decrease from the previous year (3,036 patients).

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

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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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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

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

16%

Uninsured

29.8%

Employer Coverage

26.3%

Medicaid

12.9%

Medicare

13.7%

Non-Group

1.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bamberg County, SC declined by 3.01% from 16.5% to 16%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bamberg County, SC 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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Bamberg County, SC is home to a population of 14.8k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.72% of Bamberg County, SC residents were born outside of the country (256 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Bamberg County, SC is composed of 9.13k Black or African American Alone residents (61.5%), 5.28k White Alone residents (35.6%), 288 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.94%), 63 Asian Alone residents (0.424%), 47 Two or More Races residents (0.317%), 22 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.148%), 8 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0539%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bamberg County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 16.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bamberg County, SC was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Bamberg County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bamberg County, SC residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

256 people

1.42%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

214 people

As of 2017, 1.72% of Bamberg County, SC residents (256 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 Bamberg County, SC was 1.42%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Bamberg County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bamberg County, SC was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    9.13k ± 76

  2. White Alone

    5.28k ± 36

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    288 ± 105

In 2017, there were 1.73 times more Black or African American Alone residents (9.13k people) in Bamberg County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.28k White Alone and 288 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    441 ± 142

  2. Korea

    81 ± 50

  3. World War II

    43 ± 40

Bamberg County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bamberg County, SC awarded 217 degrees. The student population of Bamberg County, SC is skewed towards women, with 455 male students and 592 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bamberg County, SC are Black or African American (211 and 97.2%), followed by White (6 and 2.76%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Bamberg County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Denmark Technical College (147 and 67.7%) and Voorhees College (70 and 32.3%).

The most popular majors in Bamberg County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (31 and 14.3%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (13 and 5.99%), and General Human Services (12 and 5.53%).

The median tuition costs in Bamberg County, SC are $11,630 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 11 degrees awarded

  2. 10 degrees awarded

  3. 10 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Bamberg County, SC was Child Care Provider with 11 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Bamberg County, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 147 degrees awarded

  2. 70 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$11,630

Median Private

In 2016, the Bamberg County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Denmark Technical College with 147 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

81

Degrees Awarded to Men

136

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 81 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bamberg County, SC, which is 0.596 times less than the 136 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    211 degrees awarded

  2. White

    6 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bamberg County, SC were to Black or African American students. These 211 degrees mean that there were 35.2 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 6 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bamberg County, SC was $65,800 in 2017, which is 0.302 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $65,200 to $65,800, a 0.92% increase. The homeownership rate in Bamberg County, SC is 76%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bamberg County, SC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bamberg County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,330

Median Household Income

± $6,355

5.59k

Number of Households

± 568

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.59k households in Bamberg County, SC grew to $32,330 from the previous year's value of $32,321.

The following chart displays the households in Bamberg County, SC 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

$65,800

2017 Median

± $7,038

$65,200

2016 Median

± $7,714

In 2017, the median property value in Bamberg County, SC grew to to $65,800 from the previous year's value of $65,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bamberg County, SC 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 Bamberg County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bamberg County, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bamberg County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

76%

2017 Homeownership

74.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76% of the housing units in Bamberg County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bamberg County, SC 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 Bamberg County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bamberg County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

24 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bamberg County, SC have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.57% of the workforce in Bamberg County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.3%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    3.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bamberg County, SC was Drove Alone (81.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Walked (3.8%).

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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