Calcasieu Parish, LA

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Population

198,753

0.771% growth

Median Age

36.1


Median Household Income

$48,219

3.79% growth

Poverty Rate

16.8%


Number of Employees

90,318

2.58% growth

Median Property Value

$138,100

9.08% growth

About

In 2017, Calcasieu Parish, LA had a population of 199k people with a median age of 36.1 and a median household income of $48,219. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Calcasieu Parish, LA grew from 197,233 to 198,753, a 0.771% increase and its median household income grew from $46,457 to $48,219, a 3.79% increase.

The population of Calcasieu Parish, LA is 68.2% White Alone, 24.6% Black or African American Alone, and 3.22% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Calcasieu Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Calcasieu Parish, LA are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,584 degrees awarded in 2017), McNeese State University (1,477 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (113 degrees).

The median property value in Calcasieu Parish, LA is $138,100, and the homeownership rate is 67.6%. Most people in Calcasieu Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Calcasieu Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Calcasieu Parish, LA employs 90.3k people. The largest industries in Calcasieu Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,994 people), Retail Trade (10,597 people), and Manufacturing (9,720 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($71,394), Utilities ($65,192), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,384).

Median household income in Calcasieu Parish, LA is $48,219. Males in Calcasieu Parish, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Calcasieu Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,219

2017 value

± $1,329

3.79%

1 Year Growth

± 4.01%

Households in Calcasieu Parish, LA have a median annual income of $48,219, 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 $46,457 in 2016, which represents a 3.79% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 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

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 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 Calcasieu Parish, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 34

  2. Census Tract 22.01

  3. Census Tract 19.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Calcasieu Parish, LA was Census Tract 34 with a value of $97,083, followed by Census Tract 22.01 and Census Tract 19.01, with respective values of $82,608 and $81,094.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Calcasieu Parish, LA (32.8k out of 195k 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 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

    16,872 ± 1,038

  2. Black

    13,879 ± 829

  3. Hispanic

    1,367 ± 347

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Calcasieu Parish, LA is White, followed by Black 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

90.3k

2017 Value

± 2,275

2.58%

1 Year growth

± 3.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Calcasieu Parish, LA grew at a rate of 2.58%, from 88k employees to 90.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Calcasieu Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,491 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,819 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (6,963 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Calcasieu Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Calcasieu Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,491 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,819 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (6,963 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Calcasieu Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.59 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.55 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Calcasieu Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($88,750), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($74,949), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($74,909).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

90.3k

2017 Value

± 2,275

2.58%

1 Year growth

± 3.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Calcasieu Parish, LA grew at a rate of 2.58%, from 88k employees to 90.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Calcasieu Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,994 people), Retail Trade (10,597 people), and Manufacturing (9,720 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Calcasieu Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Calcasieu Parish, LA 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 Calcasieu Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,994 people), Retail Trade (10,597 people), and Manufacturing (9,720 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Calcasieu Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.39 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.46 times), and Utilities (1.75 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Calcasieu Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($71,394), Utilities ($65,192), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,384).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $79.9B

  2. $78.1B

  3. $43.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $79.9B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($78.1B) and Basic chemicals ($43.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$395B

2020 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

20.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Louisiana trade was $395B. This is expected to increase 20.5% to $476B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $41.9B

  2. $38.6B

  3. $13.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $41.9B, followed by Mississippi with $38.6B and Florida and $13.6B.

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

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Health

87.5% of the population of Calcasieu Parish, LA has health coverage, with 44.8% on employee plans, 19.2% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Calcasieu Parish, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Calcasieu Parish, LA see 1440 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.9% decrease from the previous year (1483 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1857 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 510 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,440 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Calcasieu Parish, LA see an average of 1,440 patients per year. This represents a 2.9% decrease from the previous year (1,483 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

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

12.5%

Uninsured

44.8%

Employer Coverage

19.2%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

11.7%

Non-Group

1.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Calcasieu Parish, LA declined by 14.3% from 14.5% to 12.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Calcasieu Parish, LA 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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

Calcasieu Parish, LA is home to a population of 199k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.79% of Calcasieu Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (5.54k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Calcasieu Parish, LA is composed of 136k White Alone residents (68.2%), 48.8k Black or African American Alone residents (24.6%), 6.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.22%), 4.45k Two or More Races residents (2.24%), 2.69k Asian Alone residents (1.35%), 648 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.326%), 219 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.11%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00352%).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Calcasieu Parish, LA was 36.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Calcasieu Parish, LA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Calcasieu Parish, LA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.79%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.54k people

2.42%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.78k people

As of 2017, 2.79% of Calcasieu Parish, LA residents (5.54k 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 Calcasieu Parish, LA was 2.42%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Calcasieu Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Calcasieu Parish, LA was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    136k ± 137

  2. Black or African American Alone

    48.8k ± 716

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    6.4k ± 819

In 2017, there were 2.78 times more White Alone residents (136k people) in Calcasieu Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 48.8k Black or African American Alone and 6.4k 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 Calcasieu Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,306 ± 455

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,233 ± 379

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,834 ± 328

Calcasieu Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Calcasieu Parish, LA awarded 4,299 degrees. The student population of Calcasieu Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 4,774 male students and 6,487 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Calcasieu Parish, LA are White (3,119 and 74.3%), followed by Black or African American (732 and 17.4%), Unknown (93 and 2.21%), and Two or More Races (87 and 2.07%).

The largest universities in Calcasieu Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are SOWELA Technical Community College (2,584 and 60.1%), McNeese State University (1,477 and 34.4%), and Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles (113 and 2.63%).

The most popular majors in Calcasieu Parish, LA are Other Industrial Production Technology (780 and 18.1%), Instrumentation Technology (441 and 10.3%), and General Studies (245 and 5.7%).

The median tuition costs in Calcasieu Parish, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,148 and $13,186 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 345 degrees awarded

  2. 241 degrees awarded

  3. 127 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Calcasieu Parish, LA was Other Industrial Production Technology with 345 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Calcasieu Parish, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,584 degrees awarded

  2. 1,477 degrees awarded

  3. 113 degrees awarded

$5,148

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Calcasieu Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was SOWELA Technical Community College with 2,584 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,247

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,052

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,247 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Calcasieu Parish, LA, which is 1.1 times more than the 2,052 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

    3,119 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    732 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    93 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Calcasieu Parish, LA were to White students. These 3,119 degrees mean that there were 4.26 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 732 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Calcasieu Parish, LA was $138,100 in 2017, which is 0.601 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $126,600 to $138,100, a 9.08% increase. The homeownership rate in Calcasieu Parish, LA is 67.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Calcasieu Parish, LA have an average commute time of 20.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Calcasieu Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$138,100

2017 Median

± $4,141

$126,600

2016 Median

± $3,756

In 2017, the median property value in Calcasieu Parish, LA grew to to $138,100 from the previous year's value of $126,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Calcasieu Parish, LA 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 Calcasieu Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$48,219

Median Household Income

± $1,329

77.1k

Number of Households

± 1,973

In 2017, the median household income of the 77.1k households in Calcasieu Parish, LA grew to $48,219 from the previous year's value of $46,457.

The following chart displays the households in Calcasieu Parish, LA 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67.6%

2017 Homeownership

67.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.6% of the housing units in Calcasieu Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Calcasieu Parish, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Calcasieu Parish, LA have a shorter commute time (20.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.4% of the workforce in Calcasieu Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.1%

  2. Carpooled

    8.19%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.06%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Calcasieu Parish, LA was Drove Alone (86.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.19%) and those who Worked At Home (2.06%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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