Fort Wayne, IN

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Population

437,631

0.693% growth

Poverty Rate

14.1%


Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$55,491

4.88% growth

Number of Employees

218,236

3.66% growth

Median Property Value

$135,700

1.5% growth

About

In 2018, Fort Wayne, IN had a population of 438k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $55,491. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Fort Wayne, IN grew from 434,617 to 437,631, a 0.693% increase and its median household income grew from $52,908 to $55,491, a 4.88% increase.

The population of Fort Wayne, IN is 76.3% White Alone, 9.72% Black or African American Alone, and 6.9% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Fort Wayne, IN speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Wayne, IN are Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (1,809 degrees awarded in 2017), Indiana Institute of Technology (1,055 degrees), and University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne (682 degrees).

The median property value in Fort Wayne, IN is $135,700, and the homeownership rate is 72%. Most people in Fort Wayne, IN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Wayne, IN is 2 cars 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 Fort Wayne, IN employs 218k people. The largest industries in Fort Wayne, IN are Manufacturing (43,574 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (33,011 people), and Retail Trade (23,783 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,692), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,932), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,012).

Median household income in Fort Wayne, IN is $55,491. Males in Fort Wayne, IN have an average income that is 1.42 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,121. The income inequality in Fort Wayne, IN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.448, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,491

2018 value

± $1,226

4.88%

1 Year Growth

± 3.71%

Households in Fort Wayne, IN have a median annual income of $55,491, 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 $52,908 in 2017, which represents a 4.88% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,589

Average Male Salary

± $1,261

$44,121

Average Female Salary

± $895

In 2018, full-time male employees in Indiana made 1.42 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

    $54,624 ± $5,989

  2. White

    $48,199 ± $791

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $42,350 ± $18,800

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Indiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 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 Fort Wayne, IN is from Indiana.

0.448

2018 Wage GINI

0.45

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Indiana was 0.448 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.449% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Indiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Indiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Indiana 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Wayne, IN was Hamilton County, IN with a value of $100,209, followed by Boone County, IN and Hendricks County, IN, with respective values of $81,145 and $80,582.

The following map shows all of the counties in Fort Wayne, IN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Wayne, IN (59.3k out of 422k 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 Males 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

    36,210 ± 1,239

  2. Black

    13,910 ± 796

  3. Hispanic

    7,473 ± 545

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Wayne, IN 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

218k

2018 Value

± 7,211

3.66%

1 Year growth

± 4.55%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Fort Wayne, IN grew at a rate of 3.66%, from 211k employees to 218k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Wayne, IN, are Production Occupations (25,819 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,613 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (22,495 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Wayne, IN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Wayne, IN, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (25,819 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,613 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (22,495 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Wayne, IN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.17 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.48 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.11 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Wayne, IN, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($75,023), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,349), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,949).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

218k

2018 Value

± 7,211

3.66%

1 Year growth

± 4.55%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Fort Wayne, IN grew at a rate of 3.66%, from 211k employees to 218k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Wayne, IN, are Manufacturing (43,574 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (33,011 people), and Retail Trade (23,783 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Wayne, IN, though some of these residents may live in Fort Wayne, IN 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 Fort Wayne, IN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (43,574 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (33,011 people), and Retail Trade (23,783 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Wayne, IN has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.05 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.27 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.09 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Wayne, IN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,692), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,932), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,012).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $73.5B

  2. $45.8B

  3. $42.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $73.5B, followed by Base metals ($45.8B) and Mixed freight ($42.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$487B

2020 Value

$698B

Projected 2045 Value

43.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Indiana trade was $487B. This is expected to increase 43.3% to $698B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $44.4B

  2. $36.8B

  3. $34.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $44.4B, followed by Michigan with $36.8B and Illinois and $34.9B.

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

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Health

92% of the population of Fort Wayne, IN has health coverage, with 53.3% on employee plans, 15.6% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 9.44% on non-group plans, and 1.86% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fort Wayne, IN was $8,300 in 2014. This is a 4.76% increase from the previous year ($7,923).

Primary care physicians in Fort Wayne, IN see 1505 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.07% increase from the previous year (1489 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1852 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 701 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.4%). Additionally, Grant County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,505 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Indiana see an average of 1,505 patients per year. This represents a 1.07% increase from the previous year (1,489 patients).

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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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$8,300

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,078

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,285

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,714

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Indiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.76%, from $7,923 to $8,300.

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

8.01%

Uninsured

53.3%

Employer Coverage

15.6%

Medicaid

11.7%

Medicare

9.44%

Non-Group

1.86%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Wayne, IN grew by 8.45% from 7.39% to 8.01%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Wayne, IN 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. 15.4% prevalence

  2. 15.1% prevalence

  3. 15% prevalence

Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Indiana, at 15.4%.

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

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Diversity

Fort Wayne, IN is home to a population of 438k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.61% of Fort Wayne, IN residents were born outside of the country (24.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fort Wayne, IN is composed of 334k White Alone residents (76.3%), 42.6k Black or African American Alone residents (9.72%), 30.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.9%), 15.2k Asian Alone residents (3.48%), 13.5k Two or More Races residents (3.08%), 1k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.229%), 599 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.137%), and 517 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.118%).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Fort Wayne, IN was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Fort Wayne, IN are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Fort Wayne, IN residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.61%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

24.4k people

5.57%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

24k people

As of 2017, 5.61% of Fort Wayne, IN residents (24.4k 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 Fort Wayne, IN was 5.57%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    108,445 ± 8,019 people

  2. India

    31,299 ± 4,333 people

  3. China

    24,613 ± 3,845 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Indiana was Mexico, the natal country of 108,445 Indiana residents, followed by India with 31,299 and China with 24,613.

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Citizenship

97%

2018 Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97% of Fort Wayne, IN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Wayne, IN was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    334k ± 810

  2. Black or African American Alone

    42.6k ± 2.8k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    30.2k ± 3.7k

In 2018, there were 7.85 times more White Alone residents (334k people) in Fort Wayne, IN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 42.6k Black or African American Alone and 30.2k 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 Fort Wayne, IN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,948 ± 1,110

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,729 ± 1,206

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,983 ± 783

Fort Wayne, IN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Fort Wayne, IN awarded 4,504 degrees. The student population of Fort Wayne, IN is skewed towards women, with 9,160 male students and 13,195 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Wayne, IN are White (3,242 and 76.3%), followed by Black or African American (439 and 10.3%), Unknown (198 and 4.66%), and Hispanic or Latino (193 and 4.54%).

The largest universities in Fort Wayne, IN by number of degrees awarded are Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (1,809 and 40.2%), Indiana Institute of Technology (1,055 and 23.4%), and University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne (682 and 15.1%).

The most popular majors in Fort Wayne, IN are General Business Administration & Management (589 and 13.1%), General Business (328 and 7.28%), and Registered Nursing (308 and 6.84%).

The median tuition costs in Fort Wayne, IN are $25,940 for private four year colleges, and $7,269 and $18,944 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 325 degrees awarded

  2. 196 degrees awarded

  3. 160 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fort Wayne, IN was General Business Administration & Management with 325 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Fort Wayne, IN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,809 degrees awarded

  2. 1,055 degrees awarded

  3. 682 degrees awarded

$7,269

Median In-State Public

$25,940

Median Private

In 2017, the Fort Wayne, IN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne with 1,809 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,764

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,740

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,764 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Wayne, IN, which is 0.644 times less than the 2,740 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Fort Wayne, IN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,242 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    439 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    198 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fort Wayne, IN were to White students. These 3,242 degrees mean that there were 7.38 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 439 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Wayne, IN was $135,700 in 2018, which is 0.591 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $133,700 to $135,700, a 1.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Wayne, IN is 72%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Wayne, IN have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Wayne, IN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$135,700

2018 Median

± $3,060

$133,700

2017 Median

± $3,614

In 2018, the median property value in Fort Wayne, IN grew to to $135,700 from the previous year's value of $133,700.

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

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Household Income

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$55,491

Median Household Income

± $1,226

172k

Number of Households

± 6,215

In 2018, the median household income of the 172k households in Fort Wayne, IN grew to $55,491 from the previous year's value of $52,908.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Wayne, IN 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 Fort Wayne, IN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Wayne, IN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

72%

2018 Homeownership

69.5%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 72% of the housing units in Fort Wayne, IN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.5%.

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

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Wayne, IN have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.8% of the workforce in Fort Wayne, IN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.3%

  2. Carpooled

    8.13%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.06%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Fort Wayne, IN was Drove Alone (84.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.13%) and those who Worked At Home (4.06%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Wayne, IN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Wayne, IN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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