Most diverse counties in Kansas

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October 16, 2021
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Most diverse counties in Kansas

The United States has a longstanding reputation as being a melting pot (or salad bowl), with its diversity manifesting itself across many different demographics. However, some places across the country are notably more heterogeneous than others.

Stacker compiled a list of the most diverse counties in Kansas using data from using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest Simpson's diversity index score. Simpson’s diversity index measures community diversity on a scale of 0 (least diverse) to 1 (most diverse), more on the calculation can be read here.

Think you know which counties in your home state might be the most diverse? Keep reading to see if your predictions are correct.

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#50. Kiowa County

- Index: 0.118
- Total population: 2,505
- White: 93.9% (2,351)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (21)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (17)
- Asian: 0.8% (19)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.9% (72)
- Some other Race: 1.0% (25)
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#49. Elk County

- Index: 0.118
- Total population: 2,523
- White: 93.8% (2,367)
- Black or African American: 0.4% (10)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.7% (43)
- Asian: 0.5% (12)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.6% (90)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (1)
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#48. Thomas County

- Index: 0.119
- Total population: 7,810
- White: 93.8% (7,328)
- Black or African American: 2.3% (177)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (28)
- Asian: 0.9% (72)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (85)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (120)
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#47. Franklin County

- Index: 0.126
- Total population: 25,558
- White: 93.4% (23,867)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (237)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (142)
- Asian: 0.4% (98)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
- 2 or more races: 3.4% (872)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (334)
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#46. Ness County

- Index: 0.127
- Total population: 2,876
- White: 93.3% (2,684)
- Black or African American: 0.5% (15)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (9)
- Asian: 0.3% (10)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (42)
- Some other Race: 4.0% (116)

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#45. Harvey County

- Index: 0.132
- Total population: 34,503
- White: 93.1% (32,126)
- Black or African American: 1.7% (574)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (113)
- Asian: 0.6% (218)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (62)
- 2 or more races: 3.1% (1,061)
- Some other Race: 1.0% (349)
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#44. Allen County

- Index: 0.132
- Total population: 12,556
- White: 93.0% (11,683)
- Black or African American: 1.0% (125)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (37)
- Asian: 0.7% (94)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (30)
- 2 or more races: 4.5% (571)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (16)
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#43. Ellis County

- Index: 0.132
- Total population: 28,775
- White: 93.1% (26,783)
- Black or African American: 1.1% (312)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (69)
- Asian: 1.1% (324)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.4% (114)
- 2 or more races: 3.4% (979)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (194)
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#42. Butler County

- Index: 0.134
- Total population: 66,698
- White: 93.0% (62,026)
- Black or African American: 2.5% (1,671)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (493)
- Asian: 1.3% (840)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (34)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (1,521)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (113)
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#41. Woodson County

- Index: 0.136
- Total population: 3,157
- White: 92.8% (2,930)
- Black or African American: 0.4% (14)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (34)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 5.4% (171)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (8)

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#40. Doniphan County

- Index: 0.141
- Total population: 7,684
- White: 92.5% (7,108)
- Black or African American: 6.0% (459)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (37)
- Asian: 0.1% (5)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.8% (63)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (12)
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#39. Rawlins County

- Index: 0.144
- Total population: 2,502
- White: 92.4% (2,312)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (16)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (21)
- Asian: 0.1% (3)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (40)
- Some other Race: 4.4% (110)
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#38. Bourbon County

- Index: 0.144
- Total population: 14,608
- White: 92.4% (13,499)
- Black or African American: 2.8% (416)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (38)
- Asian: 0.8% (111)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.6% (532)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (12)
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#37. Norton County

- Index: 0.144
- Total population: 5,446
- White: 92.4% (5,033)
- Black or African American: 2.8% (151)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (53)
- Asian: 0.5% (27)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (102)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (80)
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#36. Morton County

- Index: 0.153
- Total population: 2,754
- White: 91.9% (2,531)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (22)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (5)
- Asian: 0.6% (17)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 4.0% (110)
- Some other Race: 2.5% (69)

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#35. Reno County

- Index: 0.164
- Total population: 62,765
- White: 91.3% (57,332)
- Black or African American: 3.0% (1,855)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.2% (730)
- Asian: 0.6% (354)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (9)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (1,705)
- Some other Race: 1.2% (780)
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#34. Crawford County

- Index: 0.166
- Total population: 38,968
- White: 91.2% (35,547)
- Black or African American: 2.3% (884)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (153)
- Asian: 1.9% (724)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.6% (1,391)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (269)
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#33. Hamilton County

- Index: 0.169
- Total population: 2,591
- White: 90.9% (2,356)
- Black or African American: 5.3% (138)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.6% (15)
- Some other Race: 3.2% (82)
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#32. Rice County

- Index: 0.170
- Total population: 9,658
- White: 91.0% (8,786)
- Black or African American: 2.0% (189)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (67)
- Asian: 0.8% (79)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (20)
- 2 or more races: 3.2% (313)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (204)
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#31. Sherman County

- Index: 0.173
- Total population: 5,938
- White: 90.8% (5,392)
- Black or African American: 1.9% (114)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (49)
- Asian: 0.9% (55)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (104)
- Some other Race: 3.8% (224)

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#30. Ellsworth County

- Index: 0.176
- Total population: 6,231
- White: 90.6% (5,647)
- Black or African American: 3.2% (199)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (56)
- Asian: 1.3% (80)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.1% (193)
- Some other Race: 0.9% (56)
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#29. Graham County

- Index: 0.182
- Total population: 2,519
- White: 90.3% (2,274)
- Black or African American: 4.2% (105)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 1.7% (44)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.8% (96)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)
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#28. Cherokee County

- Index: 0.184
- Total population: 20,179
- White: 90.1% (18,184)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (120)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.8% (366)
- Asian: 0.4% (90)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.4% (74)
- 2 or more races: 6.3% (1,276)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (69)
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#27. Pawnee County

- Index: 0.193
- Total population: 6,629
- White: 89.6% (5,941)
- Black or African American: 4.6% (308)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (64)
- Asian: 0.1% (4)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.8% (188)
- Some other Race: 1.9% (124)
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#26. Atchison County

- Index: 0.193
- Total population: 16,268
- White: 89.6% (14,570)
- Black or African American: 2.9% (477)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (67)
- Asian: 0.5% (78)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 5.9% (956)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (120)

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#25. Ford County

- Index: 0.199
- Total population: 34,179
- White: 89.3% (30,528)
- Black or African American: 2.0% (685)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (324)
- Asian: 1.4% (469)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (14)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (736)
- Some other Race: 4.2% (1,423)
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#24. Lyon County

- Index: 0.201
- Total population: 33,251
- White: 89.2% (29,661)
- Black or African American: 2.3% (763)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (244)
- Asian: 2.1% (710)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 4.2% (1,407)
- Some other Race: 1.4% (466)
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#23. Wichita County

- Index: 0.202
- Total population: 2,130
- White: 89.0% (1,896)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (20)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (19)
- Asian: 0.7% (14)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (29)
- Some other Race: 7.1% (152)
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#22. Labette County

- Index: 0.207
- Total population: 20,119
- White: 88.8% (17,858)
- Black or African American: 4.8% (957)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (165)
- Asian: 0.2% (31)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 5.0% (1,001)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (107)
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#21. Grant County

- Index: 0.208
- Total population: 7,467
- White: 88.3% (6,597)
- Black or African American: 0.0% (3)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.4% (32)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (50)
- Some other Race: 10.5% (785)

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#20. Chautauqua County

- Index: 0.212
- Total population: 3,323
- White: 88.4% (2,938)
- Black or African American: 0.5% (18)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 3.9% (131)
- Asian: 0.3% (10)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 6.6% (218)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (8)
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#19. Greeley County

- Index: 0.217
- Total population: 1,185
- White: 87.9% (1,042)
- Black or African American: 0.0% (0)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (7)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (18)
- Some other Race: 10.0% (118)
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#18. Cowley County

- Index: 0.222
- Total population: 35,351
- White: 88.0% (31,109)
- Black or African American: 3.3% (1,159)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.5% (525)
- Asian: 1.6% (569)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (43)
- 2 or more races: 4.4% (1,544)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (402)
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#17. Saline County

- Index: 0.227
- Total population: 54,701
- White: 87.7% (47,992)
- Black or African American: 2.8% (1,536)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (255)
- Asian: 2.3% (1,233)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (15)
- 2 or more races: 4.2% (2,305)
- Some other Race: 2.5% (1,365)
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#16. Haskell County

- Index: 0.245
- Total population: 4,018
- White: 86.1% (3,461)
- Black or African American: 0.0% (1)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.4% (56)
- Asian: 0.1% (5)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (46)
- Some other Race: 11.2% (449)

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#15. Stevens County

- Index: 0.246
- Total population: 5,603
- White: 86.4% (4,840)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (43)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (22)
- Asian: 0.3% (18)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 4.0% (226)
- Some other Race: 8.1% (454)
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#14. Jackson County

- Index: 0.246
- Total population: 13,266
- White: 86.3% (11,453)
- Black or African American: 0.2% (28)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 8.5% (1,131)
- Asian: 0.5% (72)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (18)
- 2 or more races: 3.9% (511)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (53)
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#13. Johnson County

- Index: 0.255
- Total population: 591,506
- White: 86.0% (508,409)
- Black or African American: 4.7% (27,703)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (1,541)
- Asian: 5.1% (30,087)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (305)
- 2 or more races: 2.9% (17,076)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (6,385)
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#12. Brown County

- Index: 0.262
- Total population: 9,626
- White: 85.3% (8,215)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (82)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 8.8% (843)
- Asian: 0.6% (60)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (3)
- 2 or more races: 4.1% (391)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (32)
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#11. Meade County

- Index: 0.270
- Total population: 4,180
- White: 84.7% (3,541)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (26)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (9)
- Asian: 0.7% (30)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (7)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (113)
- Some other Race: 10.9% (454)

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#10. Montgomery County

- Index: 0.284
- Total population: 32,521
- White: 84.2% (27,395)
- Black or African American: 5.0% (1,638)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 3.3% (1,076)
- Asian: 1.0% (317)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (59)
- 2 or more races: 4.6% (1,503)
- Some other Race: 1.6% (533)
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#9. Leavenworth County

- Index: 0.309
- Total population: 80,745
- White: 82.5% (66,592)
- Black or African American: 8.8% (7,124)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (587)
- Asian: 1.4% (1,170)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (81)
- 2 or more races: 4.4% (3,532)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (1,659)
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#8. Shawnee County

- Index: 0.311
- Total population: 177,852
- White: 82.4% (146,615)
- Black or African American: 8.5% (15,142)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (1,683)
- Asian: 1.5% (2,664)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (101)
- 2 or more races: 3.7% (6,601)
- Some other Race: 2.8% (5,046)
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#7. Douglas County

- Index: 0.314
- Total population: 120,290
- White: 82.4% (99,132)
- Black or African American: 4.4% (5,254)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.5% (3,008)
- Asian: 5.3% (6,347)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (24)
- 2 or more races: 4.4% (5,253)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (1,272)
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#6. Riley County

- Index: 0.314
- Total population: 75,056
- White: 82.3% (61,781)
- Black or African American: 6.2% (4,680)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (330)
- Asian: 5.1% (3,801)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (143)
- 2 or more races: 4.3% (3,197)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (1,124)

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#5. Finney County

- Index: 0.333
- Total population: 36,750
- White: 81.0% (29,758)
- Black or African American: 2.9% (1,067)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (150)
- Asian: 4.1% (1,509)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.9% (1,056)
- Some other Race: 8.7% (3,210)
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#4. Sedgwick County

- Index: 0.380
- Total population: 513,375
- White: 77.9% (399,953)
- Black or African American: 8.8% (45,401)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (5,057)
- Asian: 4.3% (22,290)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (255)
- 2 or more races: 4.4% (22,383)
- Some other Race: 3.5% (18,036)
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#3. Geary County

- Index: 0.500
- Total population: 34,025
- White: 67.8% (23,076)
- Black or African American: 18.7% (6,376)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.2% (407)
- Asian: 3.0% (1,006)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 1.0% (352)
- 2 or more races: 5.5% (1,887)
- Some other Race: 2.7% (921)
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#2. Seward County

- Index: 0.550
- Total population: 22,349
- White: 59.4% (13,284)
- Black or African American: 4.6% (1,039)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (124)
- Asian: 2.6% (592)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (46)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (449)
- Some other Race: 30.5% (6,815)
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#1. Wyandotte County

- Index: 0.592
- Total population: 164,861
- White: 58.8% (96,974)
- Black or African American: 22.3% (36,685)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (806)
- Asian: 4.6% (7,557)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (354)
- 2 or more races: 4.6% (7,574)
- Some other Race: 9.0% (14,911)

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