Wichita, KS

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Population

645,031

0.234% decline

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$56,909

4.55% growth

Number of Employees

311,499

1.34% growth

Median Property Value

$144,500

4.33% growth

About

In 2018, Wichita, KS had a population of 645k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $56,909. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Wichita, KS declined from 646,542 to 645,031, a -0.234% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,432 to $56,909, a 4.55% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wichita, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.8%), White (Hispanic) (8.06%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.55%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (3.62%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (3.54%). N/A% of the people in Wichita, KS speak a non-English language, and 95.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wichita, KS are Wichita State University (3,273 degrees awarded in 2017), Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (1,561 degrees), and Butler Community College (1,436 degrees).

The median property value in Wichita, KS is $144,500, and the homeownership rate is 66.4%. Most people in Wichita, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS employs 311k people. The largest industries in Wichita, KS are Manufacturing (53,372 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (46,108 people), and Retail Trade (32,051 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($65,606), Utilities ($65,489), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,518).

Median household income in Wichita, KS is $56,909. Males in Wichita, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,648. The income inequality in Wichita, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,909

2018 value

± $1,932

4.55%

1 Year Growth

± 4.23%

Households in Wichita, KS have a median annual income of $56,909, 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 $54,432 in 2017, which represents a 4.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,019

Average Male Salary

± $1,967

$45,648

Average Female Salary

± $1,456

In 2018, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kansas by number of full-time 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

    $58,205 ± $8,503

  2. White

    $49,081 ± $1,222

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

    $40,750 ± $24,672

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Kansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wichita, KS is from Kansas.

0.464

2018 Wage GINI

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.47% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Kansas 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 Wichita, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $86,746, followed by Leavenworth County, KS and Butler County, KS, with respective values of $71,071 and $64,898.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wichita, KS (87.8k out of 630k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    62,049 ± 1,721

  2. Hispanic

    19,367 ± 1,093

  3. Black

    14,331 ± 855

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wichita, KS is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

311k

2018 Value

± 8,891

1.34%

1 Year growth

± 4.01%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Wichita, KS grew at a rate of 1.34%, from 307k employees to 311k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wichita, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (33,538 people), Sales & Related Occupations (28,602 people), and Management Occupations (28,473 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (33,538 people), Sales & Related Occupations (28,602 people), and Management Occupations (28,473 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wichita, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.59 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.4 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wichita, KS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($108,110), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,723), and Management Occupations ($72,167).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

311k

2018 Value

± 8,891

1.34%

1 Year growth

± 4.01%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Wichita, KS grew at a rate of 1.34%, from 307k employees to 311k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wichita, KS, are Manufacturing (53,372 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (46,108 people), and Retail Trade (32,051 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wichita, KS, though some of these residents may live in Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (53,372 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (46,108 people), and Retail Trade (32,051 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wichita, KS has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.98 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.76 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.1 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wichita, KS, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($65,606), Utilities ($65,489), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,518).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30B

  2. $25B

  3. $23.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $30B, followed by Cereal grains ($25B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($23.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

35% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kansas trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 35% to $357B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $27.7B

  2. $19.5B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $27.7B, followed by Texas with $19.5B and Nebraska and $18.5B.

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

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Health

90.5% of the population of Wichita, KS has health coverage, with 50.9% on employee plans, 13.2% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Wichita, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Wichita, KS see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1764 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,320 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,320 patients per year. This represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1,333 patients).

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

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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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

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

9.53%

Uninsured

50.9%

Employer Coverage

13.2%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

2.07%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wichita, KS grew by 0.162% from 9.51% to 9.53%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wichita, KS 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. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Wichita, KS is home to a population of 645k people, from which 95.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.27% of Wichita, KS residents were born outside of the country (47k people).

In 2018, there were 8.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (463k people) in Wichita, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 52k White (Hispanic) and 48.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Wichita, KS was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Wichita, KS are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Wichita, KS residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

47k people

7.27%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

46.9k people

As of 2017, 7.27% of Wichita, KS residents (47k 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 Wichita, KS was 7.27%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    84,806 ± 7,045 people

  2. India

    17,940 ± 3,278 people

  3. Vietnam

    11,794 ± 2,661 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 84,806 Kansas residents, followed by India with 17,940 and Vietnam with 11,794.

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Citizenship

95.6%

2018 Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.6% of Wichita, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Wichita, KS was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wichita, KS

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    463k ± 1.18k

  2. White (Hispanic)

    52k ± 4.97k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    48.7k ± 2.57k

In 2018, there were 8.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (463k people) in Wichita, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 52k White (Hispanic) and 48.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Wichita, KS as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    12,515 ± 1,415

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    10,706 ± 1,744

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,215 ± 1,347

Wichita, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Wichita, KS awarded 8,458 degrees. The student population of Wichita, KS is skewed towards women, with 15,731 male students and 20,380 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wichita, KS are White (5,563 and 70.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (856 and 10.8%), Black or African American (536 and 6.78%), and Asian (367 and 4.64%).

The largest universities in Wichita, KS by number of degrees awarded are Wichita State University (3,273 and 38.7%), Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (1,561 and 18.5%), and Butler Community College (1,436 and 17%).

The most popular majors in Wichita, KS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (708 and 8.37%), Registered Nursing (661 and 7.82%), and General Business Administration & Management (399 and 4.72%).

The median tuition costs in Wichita, KS are $27,315 for private four year colleges, and $6,545 and $15,503 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 262 degrees awarded

  2. 175 degrees awarded

  3. 167 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Wichita, KS was Registered Nursing with 262 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,273 degrees awarded

  2. 1,561 degrees awarded

  3. 1,436 degrees awarded

$6,545

Median In-State Public

$27,315

Median Private

In 2017, the Wichita, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wichita State University with 3,273 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,525

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,933

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,525 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wichita, KS, which is 0.715 times less than the 4,933 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

    5,563 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    856 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    536 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wichita, KS were to White students. These 5,563 degrees mean that there were 6.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 856 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wichita, KS was $144,500 in 2018, which is 0.629 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $138,500 to $144,500, a 4.33% increase. The homeownership rate in Wichita, KS is 66.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wichita, KS have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wichita, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$144,500

2018 Median

± $3,418

$138,500

2017 Median

± $3,130

In 2018, the median property value in Wichita, KS grew to to $144,500 from the previous year's value of $138,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wichita, KS 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 Wichita, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$56,909

Median Household Income

± $1,932

249k

Number of Households

± 7,451

In 2018, the median household income of the 249k households in Wichita, KS grew to $56,909 from the previous year's value of $54,432.

The following chart displays the households in Wichita, KS 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 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Wichita, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wichita, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.4%

2018 Homeownership

64.8%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 66.4% of the housing units in Wichita, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.8%.

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

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wichita, KS have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.3% of the workforce in Wichita, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.3%

  2. Carpooled

    10%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.81%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Wichita, KS was Drove Alone (82.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (10%) and those who Worked At Home (3.81%).

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 Wichita, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wichita, KS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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