Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Idaho

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August 6, 2022
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Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Idaho

The COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation and a higher cost of living in major cities have combined with opportunities for remote work over the past two years. This combination has fueled a major migration across the country. In the first year of the pandemic, migration out of densely populated, expensive cities like New York and San Francisco was especially notable. Many moved to Sunbelt cities where the weather is warmer and the cost of living significantly lower.

But not everyone who moved in recent years went very far. Analysis of movement out of crowded cities shows that many of those leaving city centers moved into nearby suburbs in the same state, rather than making cross country moves.

Other trends suggest that many people are sticking close to home, remaining in or moving back to the state, or even the town they were born in. Even before the pandemic, the number of younger adults living with their parents was on the rise, mostly due to financial difficulties. This economic hardship was made worse by the pandemic, and resulted in many moving back in with their parents. By the end of 2020, more than half of Americans under the age of 29 were living at home, exceeding the share of young adults living with their parents during the Great Depression.

Apart from the pandemic, many people choose not to leave the state they were raised in, for reasons ranging from wanting to be close to family to not having the resources to leave, to sticking with a lower cost of living.

In order to determine where people stay put, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Idaho using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents that were born in the state according to 2020 5-year estimates.

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#44. Bonner County

- Population: 44,688
- Born in Idaho: 12,853 (28.8% of population)
- Born in a different state: 30,250 (67.7% of population)
--- Midwest (11.5%), Northeast (4.7%), South (6.3%), West (45.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,142 (2.56% of population)
--- Africa (0.04%) , Asia (0.50%), Europe (0.94%), Latin America (0.59%), North America (0.45%), Oceania (0.04%)
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#43. Boundary County

- Population: 12,156
- Born in Idaho: 3,630 (29.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 7,721 (63.5% of population)
--- Midwest (10.2%), Northeast (2.9%), South (8.1%), West (42.2%)
- Born in another country: 485 (3.99% of population)
--- Africa (0.01%) , Asia (0.54%), Europe (0.69%), Latin America (0.70%), North America (2.05%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#42. Elmore County

- Population: 27,043
- Born in Idaho: 8,411 (31.1% of population)
- Born in a different state: 15,064 (55.7% of population)
--- Midwest (10.6%), Northeast (5.7%), South (12.8%), West (26.6%)
- Born in another country: 2,809 (10.39% of population)
--- Africa (0.04%) , Asia (3.02%), Europe (1.93%), Latin America (5.26%), North America (0.14%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#41. Teton County

- Population: 11,776
- Born in Idaho: 3,669 (31.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 7,123 (60.5% of population)
--- Midwest (11.8%), Northeast (9.5%), South (8.2%), West (31.1%)
- Born in another country: 925 (7.85% of population)
--- Africa (0.05%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (1.04%), Latin America (6.76%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#40. Kootenai County

- Population: 161,676
- Born in Idaho: 51,746 (32.0% of population)
- Born in a different state: 104,636 (64.7% of population)
--- Midwest (9.7%), Northeast (3.4%), South (4.9%), West (46.7%)
- Born in another country: 3,708 (2.29% of population)
--- Africa (0.04%) , Asia (0.48%), Europe (0.70%), Latin America (0.70%), North America (0.35%), Oceania (0.02%)

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#39. Blaine County

- Population: 22,729
- Born in Idaho: 7,336 (32.3% of population)
- Born in a different state: 11,493 (50.6% of population)
--- Midwest (8.5%), Northeast (7.5%), South (5.1%), West (29.4%)
- Born in another country: 3,541 (15.58% of population)
--- Africa (0.08%) , Asia (0.50%), Europe (1.06%), Latin America (13.21%), North America (0.60%), Oceania (0.12%)
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#38. Payette County

- Population: 23,705
- Born in Idaho: 7,747 (32.7% of population)
- Born in a different state: 14,240 (60.1% of population)
--- Midwest (6.0%), Northeast (0.9%), South (4.6%), West (48.5%)
- Born in another country: 1,581 (6.67% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.38%), Europe (0.39%), Latin America (5.54%), North America (0.32%), Oceania (0.03%)
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#37. Oneida County

- Population: 4,429
- Born in Idaho: 1,475 (33.3% of population)
- Born in a different state: 2,773 (62.6% of population)
--- Midwest (2.1%), Northeast (1.1%), South (1.6%), West (57.8%)
- Born in another country: 177 (4.00% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.61%), Latin America (2.73%), North America (0.65%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#36. Benewah County

- Population: 9,231
- Born in Idaho: 3,302 (35.8% of population)
- Born in a different state: 5,732 (62.1% of population)
--- Midwest (6.3%), Northeast (2.9%), South (6.6%), West (46.3%)
- Born in another country: 111 (1.20% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.23%), Europe (0.32%), Latin America (0.35%), North America (0.28%), Oceania (0.02%)
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#35. Franklin County

- Population: 13,736
- Born in Idaho: 5,213 (38.0% of population)
- Born in a different state: 8,045 (58.6% of population)
--- Midwest (2.3%), Northeast (1.5%), South (6.3%), West (48.5%)
- Born in another country: 315 (2.29% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.12%), Europe (0.31%), Latin America (1.83%), North America (0.03%), Oceania (0.01%)

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#34. Latah County

- Population: 40,052
- Born in Idaho: 15,293 (38.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 22,200 (55.4% of population)
--- Midwest (8.5%), Northeast (4.2%), South (5.4%), West (37.4%)
- Born in another country: 2,011 (5.02% of population)
--- Africa (0.17%) , Asia (2.94%), Europe (0.65%), Latin America (0.60%), North America (0.63%), Oceania (0.02%)
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#33. Washington County

- Population: 10,128
- Born in Idaho: 3,940 (38.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 5,338 (52.7% of population)
--- Midwest (6.3%), Northeast (1.2%), South (5.1%), West (40.1%)
- Born in another country: 755 (7.45% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.39%), Europe (0.73%), Latin America (6.18%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.16%)
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#32. Adams County

- Population: 4,200
- Born in Idaho: 1,685 (40.1% of population)
- Born in a different state: 2,429 (57.8% of population)
--- Midwest (10.5%), Northeast (5.1%), South (3.8%), West (38.5%)
- Born in another country: 39 (0.93% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.17%), Europe (0.36%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.40%)
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#31. Boise County

- Population: 7,625
- Born in Idaho: 3,067 (40.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 4,200 (55.1% of population)
--- Midwest (14.5%), Northeast (2.6%), South (6.6%), West (31.4%)
- Born in another country: 285 (3.74% of population)
--- Africa (0.03%) , Asia (0.94%), Europe (0.64%), Latin America (1.67%), North America (0.46%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#30. Camas County

- Population: 1,069
- Born in Idaho: 435 (40.7% of population)
- Born in a different state: 601 (56.2% of population)
--- Midwest (16.1%), Northeast (0.4%), South (5.9%), West (33.9%)
- Born in another country: 33 (3.09% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (2.62%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.47%)

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#29. Lemhi County

- Population: 7,929
- Born in Idaho: 3,241 (40.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 4,473 (56.4% of population)
--- Midwest (11.6%), Northeast (3.8%), South (5.0%), West (36.0%)
- Born in another country: 167 (2.11% of population)
--- Africa (0.69%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.37%), Latin America (0.29%), North America (0.50%), Oceania (0.25%)
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#28. Ada County

- Population: 469,473
- Born in Idaho: 206,910 (44.1% of population)
- Born in a different state: 229,281 (48.8% of population)
--- Midwest (8.3%), Northeast (3.2%), South (5.6%), West (31.7%)
- Born in another country: 26,942 (5.74% of population)
--- Africa (0.41%) , Asia (2.04%), Europe (1.30%), Latin America (1.57%), North America (0.38%), Oceania (0.04%)
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#27. Madison County

- Population: 39,725
- Born in Idaho: 17,577 (44.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 20,086 (50.6% of population)
--- Midwest (4.8%), Northeast (1.3%), South (6.0%), West (38.5%)
- Born in another country: 1,812 (4.56% of population)
--- Africa (0.02%) , Asia (1.07%), Europe (0.11%), Latin America (2.97%), North America (0.39%), Oceania (0.01%)
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#26. Valley County

- Population: 11,085
- Born in Idaho: 4,913 (44.3% of population)
- Born in a different state: 5,927 (53.5% of population)
--- Midwest (8.3%), Northeast (4.3%), South (3.5%), West (37.4%)
- Born in another country: 118 (1.06% of population)
--- Africa (0.03%) , Asia (0.07%), Europe (0.82%), Latin America (0.13%), North America (0.02%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#25. Clearwater County

- Population: 8,735
- Born in Idaho: 3,890 (44.5% of population)
- Born in a different state: 4,452 (51.0% of population)
--- Midwest (8.5%), Northeast (4.3%), South (6.0%), West (32.2%)
- Born in another country: 362 (4.14% of population)
--- Africa (0.06%) , Asia (0.57%), Europe (2.66%), Latin America (0.63%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.23%)

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#24. Clark County

- Population: 885
- Born in Idaho: 397 (44.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 234 (26.4% of population)
--- Midwest (3.5%), Northeast (1.2%), South (2.5%), West (19.2%)
- Born in another country: 230 (25.99% of population)
--- Africa (0.79%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (24.75%), North America (0.45%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#23. Shoshone County

- Population: 12,700
- Born in Idaho: 5,790 (45.6% of population)
- Born in a different state: 6,667 (52.5% of population)
--- Midwest (8.8%), Northeast (2.1%), South (5.9%), West (35.7%)
- Born in another country: 153 (1.20% of population)
--- Africa (0.02%) , Asia (0.01%), Europe (0.37%), Latin America (0.23%), North America (0.58%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#22. Canyon County

- Population: 223,890
- Born in Idaho: 106,993 (47.8% of population)
- Born in a different state: 96,079 (42.9% of population)
--- Midwest (5.3%), Northeast (1.8%), South (5.4%), West (30.4%)
- Born in another country: 17,625 (7.87% of population)
--- Africa (0.05%) , Asia (0.80%), Europe (0.72%), Latin America (6.10%), North America (0.12%), Oceania (0.09%)
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#21. Gem County

- Population: 17,771
- Born in Idaho: 8,524 (48.0% of population)
- Born in a different state: 8,336 (46.9% of population)
--- Midwest (7.4%), Northeast (2.1%), South (4.3%), West (33.1%)
- Born in another country: 759 (4.27% of population)
--- Africa (0.21%) , Asia (0.36%), Europe (0.26%), Latin America (3.37%), North America (0.07%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#20. Custer County

- Population: 4,193
- Born in Idaho: 2,012 (48.0% of population)
- Born in a different state: 2,072 (49.4% of population)
--- Midwest (6.2%), Northeast (2.8%), South (7.0%), West (33.3%)
- Born in another country: 18 (0.43% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.21%), Latin America (0.17%), North America (0.05%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#19. Lewis County

- Population: 3,850
- Born in Idaho: 1,915 (49.7% of population)
- Born in a different state: 1,817 (47.2% of population)
--- Midwest (6.4%), Northeast (1.6%), South (6.4%), West (32.8%)
- Born in another country: 68 (1.77% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.78%), Europe (0.31%), Latin America (0.39%), North America (0.26%), Oceania (0.03%)
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#18. Idaho County

- Population: 16,511
- Born in Idaho: 8,258 (50.0% of population)
- Born in a different state: 7,965 (48.2% of population)
--- Midwest (6.6%), Northeast (3.2%), South (4.4%), West (34.1%)
- Born in another country: 197 (1.19% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.25%), Europe (0.50%), Latin America (0.41%), North America (0.04%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#17. Jerome County

- Population: 24,074
- Born in Idaho: 12,255 (50.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 7,378 (30.6% of population)
--- Midwest (4.1%), Northeast (1.8%), South (2.9%), West (21.8%)
- Born in another country: 4,026 (16.72% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.47%), Europe (0.12%), Latin America (15.86%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.27%)
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#16. Lincoln County

- Population: 5,342
- Born in Idaho: 2,813 (52.7% of population)
- Born in a different state: 1,645 (30.8% of population)
--- Midwest (3.6%), Northeast (1.1%), South (4.5%), West (21.6%)
- Born in another country: 882 (16.51% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.15%), Europe (0.04%), Latin America (16.30%), North America (0.02%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#15. Owyhee County

- Population: 11,724
- Born in Idaho: 6,241 (53.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 4,368 (37.3% of population)
--- Midwest (6.4%), Northeast (1.3%), South (5.4%), West (24.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,068 (9.11% of population)
--- Africa (0.03%) , Asia (0.07%), Europe (0.30%), Latin America (8.62%), North America (0.09%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#14. Twin Falls County

- Population: 86,198
- Born in Idaho: 45,995 (53.4% of population)
- Born in a different state: 31,772 (36.9% of population)
--- Midwest (5.8%), Northeast (1.9%), South (4.6%), West (24.6%)
- Born in another country: 7,775 (9.02% of population)
--- Africa (0.47%) , Asia (2.11%), Europe (1.14%), Latin America (5.09%), North America (0.17%), Oceania (0.05%)
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#13. Nez Perce County

- Population: 40,468
- Born in Idaho: 21,633 (53.5% of population)
- Born in a different state: 17,670 (43.7% of population)
--- Midwest (6.9%), Northeast (2.1%), South (3.4%), West (31.3%)
- Born in another country: 787 (1.94% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.54%), Europe (0.50%), Latin America (0.44%), North America (0.41%), Oceania (0.06%)
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#12. Minidoka County

- Population: 20,817
- Born in Idaho: 11,335 (54.5% of population)
- Born in a different state: 6,243 (30.0% of population)
--- Midwest (4.7%), Northeast (1.3%), South (4.0%), West (20.0%)
- Born in another country: 3,210 (15.42% of population)
--- Africa (0.07%) , Asia (0.36%), Europe (0.32%), Latin America (14.57%), North America (0.11%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#11. Gooding County

- Population: 15,280
- Born in Idaho: 8,540 (55.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 4,556 (29.8% of population)
--- Midwest (2.8%), Northeast (1.8%), South (3.3%), West (21.8%)
- Born in another country: 2,122 (13.89% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.37%), Europe (0.33%), Latin America (12.70%), North America (0.36%), Oceania (0.12%)
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#10. Caribou County

- Population: 7,028
- Born in Idaho: 4,018 (57.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 2,662 (37.9% of population)
--- Midwest (4.2%), Northeast (1.3%), South (1.5%), West (30.9%)
- Born in another country: 329 (4.68% of population)
--- Africa (0.11%) , Asia (0.03%), Europe (0.16%), Latin America (4.34%), North America (0.04%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#9. Bonneville County

- Population: 116,970
- Born in Idaho: 67,245 (57.5% of population)
- Born in a different state: 43,101 (36.8% of population)
--- Midwest (5.7%), Northeast (2.2%), South (4.6%), West (24.3%)
- Born in another country: 5,696 (4.87% of population)
--- Africa (0.09%) , Asia (0.57%), Europe (0.30%), Latin America (3.59%), North America (0.31%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#8. Bannock County

- Population: 86,742
- Born in Idaho: 50,547 (58.3% of population)
- Born in a different state: 32,450 (37.4% of population)
--- Midwest (6.1%), Northeast (2.8%), South (4.3%), West (24.3%)
- Born in another country: 3,082 (3.55% of population)
--- Africa (0.11%) , Asia (1.64%), Europe (0.56%), Latin America (1.05%), North America (0.08%), Oceania (0.10%)
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#7. Cassia County

- Population: 23,847
- Born in Idaho: 14,154 (59.4% of population)
- Born in a different state: 7,370 (30.9% of population)
--- Midwest (3.3%), Northeast (1.1%), South (3.9%), West (22.6%)
- Born in another country: 2,151 (9.02% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.60%), Europe (0.54%), Latin America (7.41%), North America (0.44%), Oceania (0.03%)
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#6. Bear Lake County

- Population: 6,054
- Born in Idaho: 3,644 (60.2% of population)
- Born in a different state: 2,229 (36.8% of population)
--- Midwest (3.2%), Northeast (0.4%), South (2.5%), West (30.7%)
- Born in another country: 146 (2.41% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.33%), Europe (0.78%), Latin America (1.12%), North America (0.18%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#5. Fremont County

- Population: 13,111
- Born in Idaho: 7,986 (60.9% of population)
- Born in a different state: 4,197 (32.0% of population)
--- Midwest (4.8%), Northeast (1.2%), South (3.7%), West (22.3%)
- Born in another country: 874 (6.67% of population)
--- Africa (0.08%) , Asia (0.16%), Europe (0.04%), Latin America (5.80%), North America (0.32%), Oceania (0.27%)

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#4. Power County

- Population: 7,635
- Born in Idaho: 4,660 (61.0% of population)
- Born in a different state: 1,831 (24.0% of population)
--- Midwest (4.0%), Northeast (1.6%), South (3.2%), West (15.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,116 (14.62% of population)
--- Africa (0.01%) , Asia (0.03%), Europe (0.50%), Latin America (14.08%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#3. Butte County

- Population: 2,603
- Born in Idaho: 1,617 (62.1% of population)
- Born in a different state: 974 (37.4% of population)
--- Midwest (4.0%), Northeast (0.5%), South (5.5%), West (27.4%)
- Born in another country: 4 (0.15% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.04%), Latin America (0.12%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#2. Jefferson County

- Population: 29,238
- Born in Idaho: 18,888 (64.6% of population)
- Born in a different state: 9,006 (30.8% of population)
--- Midwest (4.8%), Northeast (1.2%), South (3.8%), West (20.9%)
- Born in another country: 1,050 (3.59% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.24%), Europe (0.32%), Latin America (2.91%), North America (0.12%), Oceania (0.00%)
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#1. Bingham County

- Population: 46,246
- Born in Idaho: 31,825 (68.8% of population)
- Born in a different state: 11,682 (25.3% of population)
--- Midwest (3.7%), Northeast (1.0%), South (2.4%), West (18.1%)
- Born in another country: 2,335 (5.05% of population)
--- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.23%), Europe (0.20%), Latin America (4.38%), North America (0.17%), Oceania (0.06%)

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