DeKalb County, GA

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Population

756,558

0.439% growth

Median Age

35.9


Median Household Income

$64,461

4.26% growth

Poverty Rate

17.6%


Number of Employees

395,842

1.8% growth

Median Property Value

$235,100

17.7% growth

About

In 2018, DeKalb County, GA had a population of 757k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $64,461. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of DeKalb County, GA grew from 753,253 to 756,558, a 0.439% increase and its median household income grew from $61,827 to $64,461, a 4.26% increase.

The population of DeKalb County, GA is 53% Black or African American Alone, 29.1% White Alone, and 8.6% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in DeKalb County, GA speak a non-English language, and 90.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in DeKalb County, GA are Emory University (4,733 degrees awarded in 2017), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (2,791 degrees), and Strayer University-Georgia (872 degrees).

The median property value in DeKalb County, GA is $235,100, and the homeownership rate is 55.5%. Most people in DeKalb County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30 minutes. The average car ownership in DeKalb County, GA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of DeKalb County, GA employs 396k people. The largest industries in DeKalb County, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,186 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (45,708 people), and Retail Trade (39,567 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,885), Information ($72,083), and Finance & Insurance ($67,060).

Median household income in DeKalb County, GA is $64,461. Males in DeKalb County, GA have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,879. The income inequality in DeKalb County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$64,461

2018 value

± $3,851

4.26%

1 Year Growth

± 6.61%

Households in DeKalb County, GA have a median annual income of $64,461, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,827 in 2017, which represents a 4.26% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,446

Average Male Salary

± $1,225

$48,879

Average Female Salary

± $821

In 2018, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia 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

    $65,571 ± $3,964

  2. White

    $57,866 ± $991

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,045 ± $24,311

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 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 Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for DeKalb County, GA is from Georgia.

0.475

2018 Wage GINI

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.859% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia 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 201

  2. Census Tract 211.01

  3. Census Tract 212.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeKalb County, GA was Census Tract 201 with a value of $174,526, followed by Census Tract 211.01 and Census Tract 212.10, with respective values of $162,159 and $152,011.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeKalb County, GA (127k out of 722k 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 35 - 44 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. Black

    79,413 ± 2,354

  2. White

    27,789 ± 1,255

  3. Hispanic

    18,456 ± 918

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in DeKalb County, GA is Black, followed by White 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

396k

2018 Value

± 12,124

1.8%

1 Year growth

± 4.14%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in DeKalb County, GA grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 389k employees to 396k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeKalb County, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (43,571 people), Management Occupations (41,797 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (38,048 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, GA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (43,571 people), Management Occupations (41,797 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (38,048 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeKalb County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.79 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.51 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.46 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($104,205), Management Occupations ($78,394), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,781).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

396k

2018 Value

± 12,124

1.8%

1 Year growth

± 4.14%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in DeKalb County, GA grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 389k employees to 396k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeKalb County, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,186 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (45,708 people), and Retail Trade (39,567 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeKalb County, GA, though some of these residents may live in DeKalb County, GA 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 DeKalb County, GA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,186 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (45,708 people), and Retail Trade (39,567 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeKalb County, GA has an unusually high number of Information (1.65 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.53 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in DeKalb County, GA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,885), Information ($72,083), and Finance & Insurance ($67,060).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $51.8B

  2. $36.9B

  3. $35.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $51.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.9B) and Electronics ($35.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$465B

2020 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Georgia trade was $465B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $628B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $42.1B

  2. $27.8B

  3. $22.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $42.1B, followed by South Carolina with $27.8B and North Carolina and $22.2B.

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

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Health

86.2% of the population of DeKalb County, GA has health coverage, with 47.1% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 8.22% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of DeKalb County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in DeKalb County, GA see 952 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.28% increase from the previous year (940 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1746 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 379 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

952 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in DeKalb County, GA see an average of 952 patients per year. This represents a 1.28% increase from the previous year (940 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in DeKalb County, GA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

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

13.8%

Uninsured

47.1%

Employer Coverage

17.2%

Medicaid

8.22%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.57%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeKalb County, GA grew by 0.322% from 13.7% to 13.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in DeKalb County, GA 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. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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

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Diversity

DeKalb County, GA is home to a population of 757k people, from which 90.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.9% of DeKalb County, GA residents were born outside of the country (120k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of DeKalb County, GA is composed of 401k Black or African American Alone residents (53%), 220k White Alone residents (29.1%), 65.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.6%), 47.4k Asian Alone residents (6.26%), 18.4k Two or More Races residents (2.43%), 2.85k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.376%), 1.23k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.163%), and 595 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0786%).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2018, the median age of all people in DeKalb County, GA was 35.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in DeKalb County, GA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all DeKalb County, GA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

120k people

15.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

118k people

As of 2017, 15.9% of DeKalb County, GA residents (120k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in DeKalb County, GA was 15.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,281 ± 11,824 people

  2. India

    94,845 ± 7,527 people

  3. Jamaica

    45,320 ± 5,215 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 237,281 Georgia residents, followed by India with 94,845 and Jamaica with 45,320.

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Citizenship

90.2%

2018 Citizenship

90.2%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 90.2% of DeKalb County, GA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in DeKalb County, GA was 90.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    401k ± 4.14k

  2. White Alone

    220k ± 475

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    65.1k ± 5.1k

In 2018, there were 1.82 times more Black or African American Alone residents (401k people) in DeKalb County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 220k White Alone and 65.1k 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 DeKalb County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    10,086 ± 1,452

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    8,377 ± 2,030

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,511 ± 1,727

DeKalb County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in DeKalb County, GA awarded 11,003 degrees. The student population of DeKalb County, GA is skewed towards women, with 11,683 male students and 19,957 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in DeKalb County, GA are Black or African American (4,605 and 45.9%), followed by White (3,118 and 31%), Asian (897 and 8.93%), and Hispanic or Latino (564 and 5.62%).

The largest universities in DeKalb County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Emory University (4,733 and 43%), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (2,791 and 25.4%), and Strayer University-Georgia (872 and 7.93%).

The most popular majors in DeKalb County, GA are General Business Administration & Management (1,444 and 13.1%), General Business (399 and 3.63%), and HVAC Maintenance (348 and 3.16%).

The median tuition costs in DeKalb County, GA are $36,400 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

Most Common

  1. 486 degrees awarded

  2. 258 degrees awarded

  3. 207 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in DeKalb County, GA was General Business Administration & Management with 486 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,733 degrees awarded

  2. 2,791 degrees awarded

  3. 872 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$36,400

Median Private

In 2017, the DeKalb County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Emory University with 4,733 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,497

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,506

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 4,497 men were awarded degrees from institutions in DeKalb County, GA, which is 0.691 times less than the 6,506 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in DeKalb County, GA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    4,605 degrees awarded

  2. White

    3,118 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    897 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in DeKalb County, GA were to Black or African American students. These 4,605 degrees mean that there were 1.48 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 3,118 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in DeKalb County, GA was $235,100 in 2018, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $199,800 to $235,100, a 17.7% increase. The homeownership rate in DeKalb County, GA is 55.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in DeKalb County, GA have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in DeKalb County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$235,100

2018 Median

± $8,396

$199,800

2017 Median

± $8,962

In 2018, the median property value in DeKalb County, GA grew to to $235,100 from the previous year's value of $199,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in DeKalb County, GA 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 DeKalb County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$64,461

Median Household Income

± $3,851

287k

Number of Households

± 9,483

In 2018, the median household income of the 287k households in DeKalb County, GA grew to $64,461 from the previous year's value of $61,827.

The following chart displays the households in DeKalb County, GA 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 DeKalb County, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeKalb County, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

55.5%

2018 Homeownership

53.6%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 55.5% of the housing units in DeKalb County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.6%.

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

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Commute Time

30 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeKalb County, GA have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.96% of the workforce in DeKalb County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    70.5%

  2. Carpooled

    10.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.06%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in DeKalb County, GA was Drove Alone (70.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.8%) and those who Worked At Home (8.06%).

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

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