Northampton County, PA

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Population

303,405

0.368% growth

Median Age

42.6


Median Household Income

$66,066

0.56% decline

Poverty Rate

9.17%


Number of Employees

150,359

0.76% decline

Median Property Value

$212,000

2.75% decline

About

In 2017, Northampton County, PA had a population of 303k people with a median age of 42.6 and a median household income of $66,066. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Northampton County, PA grew from 302,294 to 303,405, a 0.368% increase and its median household income declined from $66,438 to $66,066, a -0.56% decrease.

The population of Northampton County, PA is 76.8% White Alone, 13.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.15% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Northampton County, PA speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Northampton County, PA are Lehigh University (2,131 degrees awarded in 2016), Northampton County Area Community College (1,639 degrees), and Lafayette College (723 degrees).

The median property value in Northampton County, PA is $212,000, and the homeownership rate is 72.7%. Most people in Northampton County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Northampton County, PA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Northampton County, PA employs 150k people. The largest industries in Northampton County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,122 people), Manufacturing (19,816 people), and Retail Trade (17,853 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($101,084), Information ($79,056), and Utilities ($72,183).

Median household income in Northampton County, PA is $66,066. Males in Northampton County, PA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,375. The income inequality in Northampton County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$66,066

2017 value

± $2,530

-0.56%

1 Year Growth

± 6.22%

Households in Northampton County, PA have a median annual income of $66,066, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $66,438 in 2016, which represents a -0.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,603

Average Male Salary

± $1,096

$51,375

Average Female Salary

± $811

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania 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

    $62,810 ± $3,954

  2. White

    $53,208 ± $684

  3. American Indian

    $47,436 ± $11,968

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.18 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 Northampton County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

0.468

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.833% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 169.01

  2. Census Tract 158.01

  3. Census Tract 176.06

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Northampton County, PA was Census Tract 169.01 with a value of $106,755, followed by Census Tract 158.01 and Census Tract 176.06, with respective values of $101,750 and $100,764.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Northampton County, PA (26.6k out of 290k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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

    20,564 ± 1,021

  2. Hispanic

    8,527 ± 663

  3. Black

    2,152 ± 359

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Northampton County, PA 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

150k

2017 Value

± 5,902

-0.76%

1 Year decline

± 5.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Northampton County, PA declined at a rate of -0.76%, from 152k employees to 150k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Northampton County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,841 people), Sales & Related Occupations (17,653 people), and Management Occupations (14,076 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Northampton County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Northampton County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,841 people), Sales & Related Occupations (17,653 people), and Management Occupations (14,076 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Northampton County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.41 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.22 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Northampton County, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($90,500), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($80,163), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

150k

2017 Value

± 5,902

-0.76%

1 Year decline

± 5.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Northampton County, PA declined at a rate of -0.76%, from 152k employees to 150k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Northampton County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,122 people), Manufacturing (19,816 people), and Retail Trade (17,853 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Northampton County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,122 people), Manufacturing (19,816 people), and Retail Trade (17,853 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Northampton County, PA has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.53 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.36 times), and Utilities (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Northampton County, PA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($101,084), Information ($79,056), and Utilities ($72,183).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Health

95.4% of the population of Northampton County, PA has health coverage, with 54% on employee plans, 12.3% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 0.701% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Northampton County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Northampton County, PA see 1170 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.42% decrease from the previous year (1237 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1855 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 531 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,170 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Northampton County, PA see an average of 1,170 patients per year. This represents a 5.42% decrease from the previous year (1,237 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Northampton County, PA 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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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

4.62%

Uninsured

54%

Employer Coverage

12.3%

Medicaid

15.1%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

0.701%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Northampton County, PA declined by 25.6% from 6.21% to 4.62%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Northampton County, PA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Northampton County, PA is home to a population of 303k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.23% of Northampton County, PA residents were born outside of the country (21.9k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Northampton County, PA is composed of 233k White Alone residents (76.8%), 40.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.2%), 15.6k Black or African American Alone residents (5.15%), 8.69k Asian Alone residents (2.87%), 5.61k Two or More Races residents (1.85%), 289 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0953%), 44 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0145%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Northampton County, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

47

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Northampton County, PA was 42.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in Northampton County, PA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Northampton County, PA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.23%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.9k people

7.21%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

21.8k people

As of 2017, 7.23% of Northampton County, PA residents (21.9k 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 Northampton County, PA was 7.21%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    87,349 ± 7,231 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    68,083 ± 6,389 people

  3. China

    58,224 ± 5,911 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 87,349 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 68,083 and China with 58,224.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

96.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Northampton County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Northampton County, PA was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    233k ± 71

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    40.2k ± 4.57k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    15.6k ± 1.16k

In 2017, there were 5.79 times more White Alone residents (233k people) in Northampton County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.2k Hispanic or Latino and 15.6k 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 Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Northampton County, PA 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

    6,472 ± 1,089

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,591 ± 824

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,743 ± 666

Northampton County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Northampton County, PA awarded 5,027 degrees. The student population of Northampton County, PA is skewed towards women, with 10,230 male students and 11,970 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Northampton County, PA are White (3,325 and 72.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (469 and 10.2%), Black or African American (250 and 5.46%), and Unknown (216 and 4.72%).

The largest universities in Northampton County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Lehigh University (2,131 and 42.4%), Northampton County Area Community College (1,639 and 32.6%), and Lafayette College (723 and 14.4%).

The most popular majors in Northampton County, PA are Mechanical Engineering (224 and 4.46%), General Finance (163 and 3.24%), and General Studies (162 and 3.22%).

The median tuition costs in Northampton County, PA are $47,920 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. 151 degrees awarded

  2. 160 degrees awarded

  3. 155 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Northampton County, PA was General Finance with 151 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,131 degrees awarded

  2. 1,639 degrees awarded

  3. 723 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$47,920

Median Private

In 2016, the Northampton County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lehigh University with 2,131 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,327

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,700

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,327 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Northampton County, PA, which is 0.862 times less than the 2,700 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

    3,325 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    469 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    250 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Northampton County, PA were to White students. These 3,325 degrees mean that there were 7.09 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 469 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Northampton County, PA was $212,000 in 2017, which is 0.974 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $218,000 to $212,000, a 2.75% decrease. The homeownership rate in Northampton County, PA is 72.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Northampton County, PA have an average commute time of 25.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Northampton County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$66,066

Median Household Income

± $2,530

114k

Number of Households

± 4,881

In 2017, the median household income of the 114k households in Northampton County, PA declined from $66,066 from the previous year's value of $66,438.

The following chart displays the households in Northampton County, PA 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

$212,000

2017 Median

± $5,635

$218,000

2016 Median

± $5,268

In 2017, the median property value in Northampton County, PA declined from to $212,000 from the previous year's value of $218,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.7%

2017 Homeownership

69%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.7% of the housing units in Northampton County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Northampton County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

25.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Northampton County, PA have a longer commute time (25.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 4.31% of the workforce in Northampton County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.09%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Northampton County, PA was Drove Alone (83.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.09%) and those who Worked At Home (4.9%).

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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