Catawba County, NC

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Population

156,182

0.464% growth

Median Age

41.2


Median Household Income

$48,649

7.04% growth

Poverty Rate

14.2%


Number of Employees

72,258

1.8% growth

Median Property Value

$139,900

1.67% growth

About

In 2017, Catawba County, NC had a population of 156k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $48,649. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Catawba County, NC grew from 155,461 to 156,182, a 0.464% increase and its median household income grew from $45,450 to $48,649, a 7.04% increase.

The population of Catawba County, NC is 76.1% White Alone, 9.33% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.9% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Catawba County, NC speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Catawba County, NC are Catawba Valley Community College (855 degrees awarded in 2016) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (511 degrees).

The median property value in Catawba County, NC is $139,900, and the homeownership rate is 69.3%. Most people in Catawba County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Catawba County, NC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Catawba County, NC employs 72.3k people. The largest industries in Catawba County, NC are Manufacturing (19,053 people), Retail Trade (8,840 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,636 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,859), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,706), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($44,847).

Median household income in Catawba County, NC is $48,649. Males in Catawba County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Catawba County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,649

2017 value

± $1,480

7.04%

1 Year Growth

± 4.29%

Households in Catawba County, NC have a median annual income of $48,649, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,450 in 2016, which represents a 7.04% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 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

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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 Catawba County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina 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 105.02

  2. Census Tract 115.03

  3. Census Tract 115.04

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Catawba County, NC was Census Tract 105.02 with a value of $80,281, followed by Census Tract 115.03 and Census Tract 115.04, with respective values of $75,216 and $73,301.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Catawba County, NC (21.8k out of 154k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    13,072 ± 900

  2. Hispanic

    4,513 ± 526

  3. Other

    3,376 ± 492

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Catawba County, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

72.3k

2017 Value

± 1,893

1.8%

1 Year growth

± 3.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Catawba County, NC grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 71k employees to 72.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Catawba County, NC, are Production Occupations (11,213 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,540 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,225 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Catawba County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Catawba County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (11,213 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,540 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,225 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Catawba County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.68 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.58 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.12 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Catawba County, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($65,877), Management Occupations ($60,553), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($58,504).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

72.3k

2017 Value

± 1,893

1.8%

1 Year growth

± 3.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Catawba County, NC grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 71k employees to 72.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Catawba County, NC, are Manufacturing (19,053 people), Retail Trade (8,840 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,636 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Catawba County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Catawba County, NC 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 Catawba County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (19,053 people), Retail Trade (8,840 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,636 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Catawba County, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.6 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.46 times), and Utilities (1.12 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Catawba County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($62,859), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,706), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($44,847).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

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

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Health

88.7% of the population of Catawba County, NC has health coverage, with 45% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 1.7% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Catawba County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Catawba County, NC see 1449 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.13% increase from the previous year (1405 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1980 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 532 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,449 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Catawba County, NC see an average of 1,449 patients per year. This represents a 3.13% increase from the previous year (1,405 patients).

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

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

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

11.3%

Uninsured

45%

Employer Coverage

16.1%

Medicaid

12.7%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

1.7%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Catawba County, NC declined by 11.1% from 12.7% to 11.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Catawba County, NC 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. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Catawba County, NC is home to a population of 156k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.05% of Catawba County, NC residents were born outside of the country (11k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Catawba County, NC is composed of 119k White Alone residents (76.1%), 14.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.33%), 12.3k Black or African American Alone residents (7.9%), 6.34k Asian Alone residents (4.06%), 3.16k Two or More Races residents (2.03%), 507 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.325%), 387 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.248%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Catawba County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Catawba County, NC was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Catawba County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Catawba County, NC residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.05%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11k people

6.87%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

10.7k people

As of 2017, 7.05% of Catawba County, NC residents (11k 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 Catawba County, NC was 6.87%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

95.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.8% of Catawba County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Catawba County, NC was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    119k ± 168

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    14.6k ± 1.07k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    12.3k ± 486

In 2017, there were 8.16 times more White Alone residents (119k people) in Catawba County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.6k Hispanic or Latino and 12.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Catawba County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Catawba County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Catawba County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Catawba County, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,720 ± 344

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,567 ± 288

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,242 ± 240

Catawba County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Catawba County, NC awarded 1,366 degrees. The student population of Catawba County, NC is skewed towards women, with 2,975 male students and 4,251 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Catawba County, NC are White (1,041 and 76.8%), followed by Black or African American (116 and 8.55%), Hispanic or Latino (69 and 5.09%), and Asian (64 and 4.72%).

The largest universities in Catawba County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Catawba Valley Community College (855 and 62.6%) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (511 and 37.4%).

The most popular majors in Catawba County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (280 and 20.5%), General Business Administration & Management (89 and 6.52%), and Registered Nursing (86 and 6.3%).

The median tuition costs in Catawba County, NC are $33,730 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. 275 degrees awarded

  2. 48 degrees awarded

  3. 47 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Catawba County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 275 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Catawba County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 855 degrees awarded

  2. 511 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$33,730

Median Private

In 2016, the Catawba County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Catawba Valley Community College with 855 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

543

Degrees Awarded to Men

823

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 543 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Catawba County, NC, which is 0.66 times less than the 823 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Catawba County, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,041 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    116 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    69 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Catawba County, NC were to White students. These 1,041 degrees mean that there were 8.97 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 116 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Catawba County, NC was $139,900 in 2017, which is 0.643 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $137,600 to $139,900, a 1.67% increase. The homeownership rate in Catawba County, NC is 69.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Catawba County, NC have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Catawba County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,649

Median Household Income

± $1,480

60.2k

Number of Households

± 1,639

In 2017, the median household income of the 60.2k households in Catawba County, NC grew to $48,649 from the previous year's value of $45,450.

The following chart displays the households in Catawba County, NC 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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Housing

Property Value

$139,900

2017 Median

± $3,574

$137,600

2016 Median

± $2,680

In 2017, the median property value in Catawba County, NC grew to to $139,900 from the previous year's value of $137,600.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Catawba County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Catawba County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.3%

2017 Homeownership

68.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.3% of the housing units in Catawba County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

21.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Catawba County, NC have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.06% of the workforce in Catawba County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.68%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Catawba County, NC was Drove Alone (84.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.68%) and those who Worked At Home (3.36%).

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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