Onondaga County, NY

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Population

461,809

0.771% decline

Poverty Rate

14.9%


Median Age

39.3


Median Household Income

$59,883

3.87% growth

Number of Employees

218,130

0.405% decline

Median Property Value

$148,800

1.43% growth

About

In 2018, Onondaga County, NY had a population of 462k people with a median age of 39.3 and a median household income of $59,883. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Onondaga County, NY declined from 465,398 to 461,809, a -0.771% decrease and its median household income grew from $57,652 to $59,883, a 3.87% increase.

The population of Onondaga County, NY is 76.5% White Alone, 11.5% Black or African American Alone, and 5.07% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Onondaga County, NY speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Onondaga County, NY are Syracuse University (7,296 degrees awarded in 2017), Onondaga Community College (1,225 degrees), and Le Moyne College (977 degrees).

The median property value in Onondaga County, NY is $148,800, and the homeownership rate is 65.2%. Most people in Onondaga County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Onondaga County, NY is 2 cars per household.

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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 Onondaga County, NY employs 218k people. The largest industries in Onondaga County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,222 people), Educational Services (32,434 people), and Retail Trade (22,047 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,458), Public Administration ($60,875), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,902).

Median household income in Onondaga County, NY is $59,883. Males in Onondaga County, NY have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $63,914. The income inequality in Onondaga County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,883

2018 value

± $2,300

3.87%

1 Year Growth

± 4.92%

Households in Onondaga County, NY have a median annual income of $59,883, 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 $57,652 in 2017, which represents a 3.87% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$81,735

Average Male Salary

± $1,216

$63,914

Average Female Salary

± $886

In 2018, full-time male employees in New York made 1.28 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. White

    $69,391 ± $897

  2. Asian

    $66,385 ± $2,329

  3. Two or More Races

    $56,062 ± $4,048

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.05 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 Onondaga County, NY is from New York.

0.493

2018 Wage GINI

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in New York was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.874% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York 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 152.02

  2. Census Tract 112.41

  3. Census Tract 148

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Onondaga County, NY was Census Tract 152.02 with a value of $126,615, followed by Census Tract 112.41 and Census Tract 148, with respective values of $121,250 and $115,875.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Onondaga County, NY (67.1k out of 449k 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 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

    37,207 ± 1,288

  2. Black

    18,501 ± 812

  3. Hispanic

    6,490 ± 454

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Onondaga County, NY 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

± 6,609

-0.405%

1 Year decline

± 4.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Onondaga County, NY declined at a rate of -0.405%, from 219k employees to 218k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Onondaga County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (27,379 people), Sales & Related Occupations (22,965 people), and Management Occupations (18,663 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Onondaga County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Onondaga County, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (27,379 people), Sales & Related Occupations (22,965 people), and Management Occupations (18,663 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Onondaga County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.59 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.43 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Onondaga County, NY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($101,181), Management Occupations ($76,017), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,938).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

218k

2018 Value

± 6,609

-0.405%

1 Year decline

± 4.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Onondaga County, NY declined at a rate of -0.405%, from 219k employees to 218k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Onondaga County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,222 people), Educational Services (32,434 people), and Retail Trade (22,047 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Onondaga County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Onondaga County, NY 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 Onondaga County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (38,222 people), Educational Services (32,434 people), and Retail Trade (22,047 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Onondaga County, NY has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.77 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.62 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.55 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Onondaga County, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($78,458), Public Administration ($60,875), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,902).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $72.7B

  2. $54.2B

  3. $50B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $72.7B, followed by Electronics ($54.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($50B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$615B

2020 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

38.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound New York trade was $615B. This is expected to increase 38.9% to $854B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $37.7B

  2. $32.1B

  3. $20.7B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $37.7B, followed by Pennsylvania with $32.1B and Connecticut and $20.7B.

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

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Health

96.2% of the population of Onondaga County, NY has health coverage, with 52.2% on employee plans, 17.7% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Onondaga County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Onondaga County, NY see 1050 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.287% increase from the previous year (1047 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1336 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 462 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,050 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Onondaga County, NY see an average of 1,050 patients per year. This represents a 0.287% increase from the previous year (1,047 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

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

3.78%

Uninsured

52.2%

Employer Coverage

17.7%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

1.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Onondaga County, NY declined by 3.48% from 3.92% to 3.78%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Onondaga County, NY 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. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

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

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Diversity

Onondaga County, NY is home to a population of 462k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.63% of Onondaga County, NY residents were born outside of the country (35.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Onondaga County, NY is composed of 353k White Alone residents (76.5%), 53.2k Black or African American Alone residents (11.5%), 23.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.07%), 15.9k Asian Alone residents (3.44%), 12.7k Two or More Races residents (2.75%), 2.7k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.585%), 439 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0951%), and 74 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.016%).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.8

In 2018, the median age of all people in Onondaga County, NY was 39.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Onondaga County, NY are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Onondaga County, NY residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.63%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

35.5k people

7.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

34.5k people

As of 2017, 7.63% of Onondaga County, NY residents (35.5k 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 Onondaga County, NY was 7.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,970 ± 17,236 people

  2. China

    407,280 ± 15,504 people

  3. Mexico

    222,031 ± 11,503 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,970 New York residents, followed by China with 407,280 and Mexico with 222,031.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2018 Citizenship

96.5%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.4% of Onondaga County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Onondaga County, NY was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    353k ± 528

  2. Black or African American Alone

    53.2k ± 1.4k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    23.4k ± 3.11k

In 2018, there were 6.64 times more White Alone residents (353k people) in Onondaga County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 53.2k Black or African American Alone and 23.4k 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 Onondaga County, NY as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,377 ± 1,071

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,825 ± 983

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,048 ± 790

Onondaga County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Onondaga County, NY awarded 11,928 degrees. The student population of Onondaga County, NY is skewed towards women, with 19,467 male students and 22,873 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Onondaga County, NY are White (7,200 and 70.6%), followed by Black or African American (926 and 9.08%), Hispanic or Latino (811 and 7.95%), and Asian (581 and 5.7%).

The largest universities in Onondaga County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Syracuse University (7,296 and 61.2%), Onondaga Community College (1,225 and 10.3%), and Le Moyne College (977 and 8.19%).

The most popular majors in Onondaga County, NY are Information Science (483 and 4.05%), General Business Administration & Management (366 and 3.07%), and Registered Nursing (346 and 2.9%).

The median tuition costs in Onondaga County, NY are $38,995 for private four year colleges, and $6,670 and $16,320 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 329 degrees awarded

  2. 228 degrees awarded

  3. 222 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Onondaga County, NY was General Psychology with 329 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,296 degrees awarded

  2. 1,225 degrees awarded

  3. 977 degrees awarded

$6,670

Median In-State Public

$38,995

Median Private

In 2017, the Onondaga County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Syracuse University with 7,296 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,266

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,662

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 5,266 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Onondaga County, NY, which is 0.79 times less than the 6,662 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

    7,200 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    926 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    811 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Onondaga County, NY were to White students. These 7,200 degrees mean that there were 7.78 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 926 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Onondaga County, NY was $148,800 in 2018, which is 0.648 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $146,700 to $148,800, a 1.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Onondaga County, NY is 65.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Onondaga County, NY have an average commute time of 18.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Onondaga County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$148,800

2018 Median

± $3,513

$146,700

2017 Median

± $3,309

In 2018, the median property value in Onondaga County, NY grew to to $148,800 from the previous year's value of $146,700.

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

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Household Income

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$59,883

Median Household Income

± $2,300

185k

Number of Households

± 5,852

In 2018, the median household income of the 185k households in Onondaga County, NY grew to $59,883 from the previous year's value of $57,652.

The following chart displays the households in Onondaga County, NY 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

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.2%

2018 Homeownership

64%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 65.2% of the housing units in Onondaga County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64%.

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

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Commute Time

18.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Onondaga County, NY have a shorter commute time (18.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.839% of the workforce in Onondaga County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.4%

  2. Carpooled

    7.74%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.64%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Onondaga County, NY was Drove Alone (80.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.74%) and those who Worked At Home (4.64%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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