Erie County, PA

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Population

274,541

0.603% decline

Median Age

39.4


Median Household Income

$50,614

3.37% growth

Poverty Rate

16.8%


Number of Employees

123,077

3.61% decline

Median Property Value

$138,700

10.3% growth

About

In 2017, Erie County, PA had a population of 275k people with a median age of 39.4 and a median household income of $50,614. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Erie County, PA declined from 276,207 to 274,541, a -0.603% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,964 to $50,614, a 3.37% increase.

The population of Erie County, PA is 84% White Alone, 6.84% Black or African American Alone, and 4.29% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Erie County, PA speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Erie County, PA are Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1,481 degrees awarded in 2016), Gannon University (1,227 degrees), and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (1,096 degrees).

The median property value in Erie County, PA is $138,700, and the homeownership rate is 66.6%. Most people in Erie County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Erie County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Erie County, PA employs 123k people. The largest industries in Erie County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,754 people), Manufacturing (19,126 people), and Retail Trade (13,451 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($52,079), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,860), and Finance & Insurance ($50,854).

Median household income in Erie County, PA is $50,614. Males in Erie County, PA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,375. The income inequality in Erie County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,614

2017 value

± $2,082

3.37%

1 Year Growth

± 6.04%

Households in Erie County, PA have a median annual income of $50,614, 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 $48,964 in 2016, which represents a 3.37% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,603

Average Male Salary

± $1,096

$51,375

Average Female Salary

± $811

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania 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

    $62,810 ± $3,954

  2. White

    $53,208 ± $684

  3. American Indian

    $47,436 ± $11,968

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.18 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 Erie County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

0.468

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.833% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 109.04

  2. Census Tract 103.04

  3. Census Tract 115.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Erie County, PA was Census Tract 109.04 with a value of $113,935, followed by Census Tract 103.04 and Census Tract 115.07, with respective values of $99,904 and $79,490.

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

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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 Erie County, PA (44.5k out of 265k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    33,118 ± 1,200

  2. Black

    6,575 ± 534

  3. Hispanic

    4,618 ± 367

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Erie County, PA 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

123k

2017 Value

± 5,227

-3.61%

1 Year decline

± 6.14%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Erie County, PA declined at a rate of -3.61%, from 128k employees to 123k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Erie County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,483 people), Sales & Related Occupations (12,025 people), and Production Occupations (11,054 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Erie County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Erie County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,483 people), Sales & Related Occupations (12,025 people), and Production Occupations (11,054 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Erie County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.66 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.56 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Erie County, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($88,424), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,282), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,127).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

123k

2017 Value

± 5,227

-3.61%

1 Year decline

± 6.14%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Erie County, PA declined at a rate of -3.61%, from 128k employees to 123k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Erie County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,754 people), Manufacturing (19,126 people), and Retail Trade (13,451 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Erie County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Erie County, PA 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 Erie County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,754 people), Manufacturing (19,126 people), and Retail Trade (13,451 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Erie County, PA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.61 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.33 times), and Educational Services (1.1 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Erie County, PA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($52,079), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,860), and Finance & Insurance ($50,854).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Health

95.1% of the population of Erie County, PA has health coverage, with 47.5% on employee plans, 19.4% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Erie County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Erie County, PA see 1258 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.53% increase from the previous year (1227 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1501 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,258 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Erie County, PA see an average of 1,258 patients per year. This represents a 2.53% increase from the previous year (1,227 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Erie County, PA 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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

4.94%

Uninsured

47.5%

Employer Coverage

19.4%

Medicaid

12.4%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

1.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Erie County, PA grew by 11.1% from 4.44% to 4.94%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Erie County, PA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Erie County, PA is home to a population of 275k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.58% of Erie County, PA residents were born outside of the country (12.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Erie County, PA is composed of 231k White Alone residents (84%), 18.8k Black or African American Alone residents (6.84%), 11.8k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.29%), 6.56k Two or More Races residents (2.39%), 4.84k Asian Alone residents (1.76%), 1.11k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.405%), 890 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.324%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Erie County, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Erie County, PA was 39.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Erie County, PA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Erie County, PA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.58%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

12.6k people

4.57%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

12.6k people

As of 2017, 4.58% of Erie County, PA residents (12.6k 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 Erie County, PA was 4.57%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    87,349 ± 7,231 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    68,083 ± 6,389 people

  3. China

    58,224 ± 5,911 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 87,349 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 68,083 and China with 58,224.

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Citizenship

97.6%

2017 Citizenship

97.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.6% of Erie County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Erie County, PA was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    231k ± 1.36k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    18.8k ± 1.88k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    11.8k ± 2.3k

In 2017, there were 12.3 times more White Alone residents (231k people) in Erie County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.8k Black or African American Alone and 11.8k 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 Erie County, PA 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 Erie County, PA 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 Erie County, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Erie County, PA 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

    7,973 ± 1,074

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,948 ± 892

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,615 ± 844

Erie County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.7 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Erie County, PA awarded 6,395 degrees. The student population of Erie County, PA is skewed towards women, with 11,795 male students and 12,309 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Erie County, PA are White (5,058 and 83.9%), followed by Asian (286 and 4.74%), Black or African American (286 and 4.74%), and Hispanic or Latino (189 and 3.13%).

The largest universities in Erie County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1,481 and 23.2%), Gannon University (1,227 and 19.2%), and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (1,096 and 17.1%).

The most popular majors in Erie County, PA are Osteopathic Medicine (535 and 8.37%), Registered Nursing (315 and 4.93%), and General Business Administration & Management (310 and 4.85%).

The median tuition costs in Erie County, PA are $31,308 for private four year colleges, and $10,553 and $14,737 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 181 degrees awarded

  2. 147 degrees awarded

  3. 133 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Erie County, PA was Registered Nursing with 181 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,481 degrees awarded

  2. 1,227 degrees awarded

  3. 1,096 degrees awarded

$10,553

Median In-State Public

$31,308

Median Private

In 2016, the Erie County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with 1,481 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,824

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,571

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,824 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Erie County, PA, which is 0.791 times less than the 3,571 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

    5,058 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    286 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    286 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Erie County, PA were to White students. These 5,058 degrees mean that there were 17.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 286 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Erie County, PA was $138,700 in 2017, which is 0.637 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $125,700 to $138,700, a 10.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Erie County, PA is 66.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Erie County, PA have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Erie County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,614

Median Household Income

± $2,082

108k

Number of Households

± 4,595

In 2017, the median household income of the 108k households in Erie County, PA grew to $50,614 from the previous year's value of $48,964.

The following chart displays the households in Erie County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$138,700

2017 Median

± $5,759

$125,700

2016 Median

± $4,767

In 2017, the median property value in Erie County, PA grew to to $138,700 from the previous year's value of $125,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Erie County, PA 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 Erie County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.6%

2017 Homeownership

66%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.6% of the housing units in Erie County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66%.

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

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Erie County, PA have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.01% of the workforce in Erie County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.6%

  2. Carpooled

    11.7%

  3. Walked

    3.46%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Erie County, PA was Drove Alone (78.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.7%) and those who Walked (3.46%).

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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