Fairbanks, AK

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Population

100,031

0.119% decline

Median Age

31


Median Household Income

$76,250

3.28% growth

Poverty Rate

7.67%


Number of Employees

46,725

0.604% decline

Median Property Value

$230,600

2.95% growth

About

In 2017, Fairbanks, AK had a population of 100k people with a median age of 31 and a median household income of $76,250. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fairbanks, AK declined from 100,150 to 100,031, a -0.119% decrease and its median household income grew from $73,831 to $76,250, a 3.28% increase.

The population of Fairbanks, AK is 71.1% White Alone, 7.71% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.36% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Fairbanks, AK speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fairbanks, AK are University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,543 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Fairbanks, AK is $230,600, and the homeownership rate is 59%. Most people in Fairbanks, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairbanks, AK is 2 cars per household.

Fairbanks, AK borders .

About the photo: Approaching Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord valley of mountains and waterfalls.

Economy

The economy of Fairbanks, AK employs 46.7k people. The largest industries in Fairbanks, AK are Educational Services (6,723 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,315 people), and Retail Trade (6,284 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,518), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($82,042), and Construction ($70,120).

Median household income in Fairbanks, AK is $76,250. Males in Fairbanks, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Fairbanks, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$76,250

2017 value

± $2,761

3.28%

1 Year Growth

± 4.39%

Households in Fairbanks, AK have a median annual income of $76,250, 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 $73,831 in 2016, which represents a 3.28% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

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

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairbanks, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairbanks, AK was Anchorage Municipality, AK with a value of $83,648, followed by Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK, with respective values of $75,448 and $72,667.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.67% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairbanks, AK (7.34k out of 95.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,570 ± 608

  2. Native American

    1,072 ± 261

  3. Two Or More

    936 ± 260

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairbanks, AK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

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

46.7k

2017 Value

± 1,767

-0.604%

1 Year decline

± 5.47%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairbanks, AK declined at a rate of -0.604%, from 47k employees to 46.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairbanks, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,741 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,348 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,114 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairbanks, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairbanks, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,741 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,348 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,114 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fairbanks, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.08 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.94 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairbanks, AK, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,811), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,938), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($76,080).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

46.7k

2017 Value

± 1,767

-0.604%

1 Year decline

± 5.47%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairbanks, AK declined at a rate of -0.604%, from 47k employees to 46.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairbanks, AK, are Educational Services (6,723 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,315 people), and Retail Trade (6,284 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairbanks, AK, though some of these residents may live in Fairbanks, AK 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 Fairbanks, AK, by number of employees, are Educational Services (6,723 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,315 people), and Retail Trade (6,284 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fairbanks, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.6 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.74 times), and Utilities (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairbanks, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,518), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($82,042), and Construction ($70,120).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $42.3B

  2. $5.03B

  3. $3.84B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $42.3B, followed by Gasoline ($5.03B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($3.84B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68.5B

2020 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

8.98% growth

In 2020, total outbound Alaska trade was $68.5B. This is expected to increase 8.98% to $74.6B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $19.2B

  2. $7B

  3. $1.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $19.2B, followed by Washington with $7B and Utah and $1.6B.

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

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Health

89.8% of the population of Fairbanks, AK has health coverage, with 44.9% on employee plans, 9.54% on Medicaid, 6.23% on Medicare, 15.5% on non-group plans, and 13.6% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fairbanks, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Fairbanks, AK see 1131 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1157 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1045 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 281 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,131 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1,131 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1,157 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alaska 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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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

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

10.2%

Uninsured

44.9%

Employer Coverage

9.54%

Medicaid

6.23%

Medicare

15.5%

Non-Group

13.6%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairbanks, AK declined by 12.8% from 11.6% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fairbanks, AK 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. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

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

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Diversity

Fairbanks, AK is home to a population of 100k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.09% of Fairbanks, AK residents were born outside of the country (5.09k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fairbanks, AK is composed of 71.1k White Alone residents (71.1%), 7.71k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.71%), 7.37k Two or More Races residents (7.36%), 6.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (6.28%), 4.01k Black or African American Alone residents (4%), 3k Asian Alone residents (3%), 447 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.447%), and 114 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.114%).

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fairbanks, AK was 31. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Fairbanks, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fairbanks, AK residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.09%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.09k people

5.19%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.2k people

As of 2017, 5.09% of Fairbanks, AK residents (5.09k 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 Fairbanks, AK was 5.19%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Fairbanks, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fairbanks, AK was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    71.1k ± 48

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.71k ± 805

  3. Two or More Races

    7.37k ± 725

In 2017, there were 9.22 times more White Alone residents (71.1k people) in Fairbanks, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.71k Hispanic or Latino and 7.37k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,055 ± 587

  2. Vietnam

    2,408 ± 432

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,881 ± 357

Fairbanks, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Fairbanks, AK awarded 1,543 degrees. The student population of Fairbanks, AK is skewed towards women, with 3,215 male students and 4,449 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fairbanks, AK are White (779 and 51.9%), followed by Unknown (309 and 20.6%), American Indian or Alaska Native (182 and 12.1%), and Two or More Races (87 and 5.8%).

The largest universities in Fairbanks, AK by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,543 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Fairbanks, AK are General Business Administration & Management (136 and 8.81%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (76 and 4.93%), and General Biological Sciences (65 and 4.21%).

The median tuition costs in Fairbanks, AK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,467 and $21,344 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 54 degrees awarded

  2. 52 degrees awarded

  3. 36 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fairbanks, AK was General Biological Sciences with 54 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,543 degrees awarded

$6,467

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Fairbanks, AK institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Alaska Fairbanks with 1,543 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

700

Degrees Awarded to Men

843

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 700 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fairbanks, AK, which is 0.83 times less than the 843 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Fairbanks, AK by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    779 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    309 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    182 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fairbanks, AK were to White students. These 779 degrees mean that there were 2.52 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 309 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairbanks, AK was $230,600 in 2017, which is 1 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $224,000 to $230,600, a 2.95% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairbanks, AK is 59%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fairbanks, AK have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fairbanks, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$230,600

2017 Median

± $6,832

$224,000

2016 Median

± $6,721

In 2017, the median property value in Fairbanks, AK grew to to $230,600 from the previous year's value of $224,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairbanks, AK 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 Fairbanks, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Household Income

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$76,250

Median Household Income

± $2,761

36.4k

Number of Households

± 1,545

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.4k households in Fairbanks, AK grew to $76,250 from the previous year's value of $73,831.

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

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Rent vs Own

59%

2017 Homeownership

59.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59% of the housing units in Fairbanks, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 59.5%.

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

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairbanks, AK have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.77% of the workforce in Fairbanks, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.8%

  2. Carpooled

    15%

  3. Walked

    4.07%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fairbanks, AK was Drove Alone (74.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (15%) and those who Walked (4.07%).

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

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