San Luis Obispo, CA

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Population

46,997

0.602% growth

Poverty Rate

32.4%


Median Age

26.5


Median Household Income

$49,640

3.9% growth

Number of Employees

24,213

0.436% growth

Median Property Value

$590,800

4.09% growth

About

In 2017, San Luis Obispo, CA had a population of 47k people with a median age of 26.5 and a median household income of $49,640. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of San Luis Obispo, CA grew from 46,716 to 46,997, a 0.602% increase and its median household income grew from $47,777 to $49,640, a 3.9% increase.

The population of San Luis Obispo, CA is 72.3% White Alone, 17.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.47% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in San Luis Obispo, CA speak a non-English language, and 95.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo, CA are Laurus College (248 degrees awarded in 2017) and Central California School of Continuing Education (160 degrees).

The median property value in San Luis Obispo, CA is $590,800, and the homeownership rate is 38.3%. Most people in San Luis Obispo, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.4 minutes. The average car ownership in San Luis Obispo, CA 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 San Luis Obispo, CA employs 24.2k people. The largest industries in San Luis Obispo, CA are Educational Services (3,760 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,568 people), and Retail Trade (3,044 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($97,188), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($69,063), and Public Administration ($56,765).

Median household income in San Luis Obispo, CA is $49,640. Males in San Luis Obispo, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in San Luis Obispo, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,640

2017 value

± $3,187

3.9%

1 Year Growth

± 8.92%

Households in San Luis Obispo, CA have a median annual income of $49,640, 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 $47,777 in 2016, which represents a 3.9% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 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

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 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 San Luis Obispo, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California 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 115.03

  2. Census Tract 116

  3. Census Tract 113

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Luis Obispo, CA was Census Tract 115.03 with a value of $102,794, followed by Census Tract 116 and Census Tract 113, with respective values of $100,819 and $73,292.

The following map shows all of the places in San Luis Obispo, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

32.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Luis Obispo, CA (14.9k out of 45.9k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    12,430 ± 936

  2. Hispanic

    2,352 ± 414

  3. Asian

    914 ± 258

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in San Luis Obispo, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

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

24.2k

2017 Value

± 1,231

0.436%

1 Year growth

± 7.11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in San Luis Obispo, CA grew at a rate of 0.436%, from 24.1k employees to 24.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Luis Obispo, CA, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,870 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,760 people), and Management Occupations (2,678 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo, CA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,870 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,760 people), and Management Occupations (2,678 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, San Luis Obispo, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.11 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.88 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo, CA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($85,870), Legal Occupations ($73,750), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($70,982).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

24.2k

2017 Value

± 1,231

0.436%

1 Year growth

± 7.11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in San Luis Obispo, CA grew at a rate of 0.436%, from 24.1k employees to 24.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Luis Obispo, CA, are Educational Services (3,760 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,568 people), and Retail Trade (3,044 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Luis Obispo, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Luis Obispo, CA 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 San Luis Obispo, CA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (3,760 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,568 people), and Retail Trade (3,044 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, San Luis Obispo, CA has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.94 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.84 times), and Educational Services (1.68 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in San Luis Obispo, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($97,188), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($69,063), and Public Administration ($56,765).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

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

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Health

93.4% of the population of San Luis Obispo, CA has health coverage, with 59.4% on employee plans, 9.11% on Medicaid, 9.33% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 0.751% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of San Luis Obispo, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in San Luis Obispo, CA see 1173 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.428% increase from the previous year (1168 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1235 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 188 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,173 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in San Luis Obispo County, CA see an average of 1,173 patients per year. This represents a 0.428% increase from the previous year (1,168 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in San Luis Obispo County, CA 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

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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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

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

6.57%

Uninsured

59.4%

Employer Coverage

9.11%

Medicaid

9.33%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

0.751%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Luis Obispo, CA declined by 19% from 8.11% to 6.57%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in San Luis Obispo, CA 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. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

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Diversity

San Luis Obispo, CA is home to a population of 47k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.17% of San Luis Obispo, CA residents were born outside of the country (4.31k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of San Luis Obispo, CA is composed of 34k White Alone residents (72.3%), 8.02k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.1%), 2.57k Asian Alone residents (5.47%), 1.34k Two or More Races residents (2.84%), 927 Black or African American Alone residents (1.97%), 154 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.328%), 6 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0128%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4

In 2017, the median age of all people in San Luis Obispo, CA was 26.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in San Luis Obispo, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all San Luis Obispo, CA residents was 26.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.17%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.31k people

9.35%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.37k people

As of 2017, 9.17% of San Luis Obispo, CA residents (4.31k 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 San Luis Obispo, CA was 9.35%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in San Luis Obispo, CA compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

95.4%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.4% of San Luis Obispo, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in San Luis Obispo, CA was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    34k ± 891

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8.02k ± 864

  3. Asian Alone

    2.57k ± 459

In 2017, there were 4.24 times more White Alone residents (34k people) in San Luis Obispo, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.02k Hispanic or Latino and 2.57k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in San Luis Obispo, CA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    660 ± 156

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    242 ± 112

  3. Korea

    236 ± 86

San Luis Obispo, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in San Luis Obispo, CA awarded 408 degrees. The student population of San Luis Obispo, CA is skewed towards women, with 598 male students and 786 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in San Luis Obispo, CA are Hispanic or Latino (160 and 39.2%), followed by White (136 and 33.3%), Unknown (47 and 11.5%), and Black or African American (36 and 8.82%).

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo, CA by number of degrees awarded are Laurus College (248 and 60.8%) and Central California School of Continuing Education (160 and 39.2%).

The most popular majors in San Luis Obispo, CA are Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Ultrasound Technician (110 and 27%), Medical Insurance Specialist (99 and 24.3%), and General Business Administration & Management (70 and 17.2%).

The median tuition costs in San Luis Obispo, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in San Luis Obispo, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 54 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in San Luis Obispo, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 248 degrees awarded

  2. 160 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the San Luis Obispo, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Laurus College with 248 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

130

Degrees Awarded to Men

278

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 130 men were awarded degrees from institutions in San Luis Obispo, CA, which is 0.468 times less than the 278 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    160 degrees awarded

  2. White

    136 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    47 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in San Luis Obispo, CA were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 160 degrees mean that there were 1.18 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 136 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in San Luis Obispo, CA was $590,800 in 2017, which is 2.57 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $567,600 to $590,800, a 4.09% increase. The homeownership rate in San Luis Obispo, CA is 38.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in San Luis Obispo, CA have an average commute time of 14.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in San Luis Obispo, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$590,800

2017 Median

± $19,292

$567,600

2016 Median

± $15,934

In 2017, the median property value in San Luis Obispo, CA grew to to $590,800 from the previous year's value of $567,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in San Luis Obispo, CA 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 San Luis Obispo, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

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$49,640

Median Household Income

± $3,187

18.7k

Number of Households

± 906

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.7k households in San Luis Obispo, CA grew to $49,640 from the previous year's value of $47,777.

The following chart displays the households in San Luis Obispo, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

38.3%

2017 Homeownership

36.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 38.3% of the housing units in San Luis Obispo, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 36.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in San Luis Obispo, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

14.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Luis Obispo, CA have a shorter commute time (14.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.815% of the workforce in San Luis Obispo, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.7%

  2. Bicycle

    8.3%

  3. Carpooled

    7.83%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in San Luis Obispo, CA was Drove Alone (67.7%), followed by those who Bicycle (8.3%) and those who Carpooled (7.83%).

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 San Luis Obispo, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in San Luis Obispo, CA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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