Most diverse counties in Mississippi

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October 16, 2021
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Most diverse counties in Mississippi

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 Mississippi 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. Monroe County

- Index: 0.439
- Total population: 35,673
- White: 68.1% (24,288)
- Black or African American: 31.2% (11,132)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (8)
- Asian: 0.1% (31)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (195)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (19)
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#49. Lincoln County

- Index: 0.443
- Total population: 34,320
- White: 67.5% (23,159)
- Black or African American: 31.9% (10,957)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (5)
- Asian: 0.5% (165)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.1% (34)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)
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#48. Jones County

- Index: 0.443
- Total population: 68,352
- White: 68.6% (46,881)
- Black or African American: 29.4% (20,077)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (154)
- Asian: 0.3% (225)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (47)
- 2 or more races: 1.0% (691)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (277)
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#47. Choctaw County

- Index: 0.444
- Total population: 8,277
- White: 67.8% (5,611)
- Black or African American: 31.0% (2,566)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (34)
- Asian: 0.0% (2)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (8)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (43)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (13)
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#46. Jackson County

- Index: 0.452
- Total population: 142,376
- White: 70.8% (100,751)
- Black or African American: 21.3% (30,305)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (609)
- Asian: 2.4% (3,434)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (82)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (3,353)
- Some other Race: 2.7% (3,842)

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#45. Carroll County

- Index: 0.463
- Total population: 10,070
- White: 64.5% (6,499)
- Black or African American: 34.7% (3,499)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (5)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (67)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)
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#44. Lee County

- Index: 0.465
- Total population: 85,072
- White: 66.9% (56,904)
- Black or African American: 29.5% (25,089)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (225)
- Asian: 1.0% (833)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (920)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (1,094)
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#43. Tate County

- Index: 0.467
- Total population: 28,404
- White: 66.5% (18,895)
- Black or African American: 29.9% (8,494)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (34)
- Asian: 0.1% (41)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (34)
- 2 or more races: 2.6% (742)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (164)
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#42. Marion County

- Index: 0.468
- Total population: 24,990
- White: 65.3% (16,308)
- Black or African American: 32.6% (8,140)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.5% (131)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (21)
- 2 or more races: 0.2% (58)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (332)
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#41. Franklin County

- Index: 0.469
- Total population: 7,733
- White: 63.4% (4,903)
- Black or African American: 36.0% (2,782)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (12)
- Asian: 0.1% (4)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.4% (30)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (2)

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#40. Clarke County

- Index: 0.470
- Total population: 15,770
- White: 63.6% (10,028)
- Black or African American: 35.5% (5,592)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (8)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.6% (92)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (50)
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#39. Lawrence County

- Index: 0.471
- Total population: 12,633
- White: 65.0% (8,215)
- Black or African American: 32.5% (4,109)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (19)
- Asian: 0.2% (28)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (143)
- Some other Race: 0.9% (119)
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#38. Covington County

- Index: 0.474
- Total population: 18,978
- White: 62.6% (11,886)
- Black or African American: 36.6% (6,946)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (36)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.6% (108)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (2)
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#37. Harrison County

- Index: 0.474
- Total population: 204,502
- White: 67.9% (138,940)
- Black or African American: 24.9% (50,994)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (1,127)
- Asian: 2.8% (5,813)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (64)
- 2 or more races: 2.9% (6,029)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (1,535)
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#36. Issaquena County

- Index: 0.478
- Total population: 1,361
- White: 37.8% (514)
- Black or African American: 61.6% (839)
- 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: 0.0% (0)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (8)

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#35. Bolivar County

- Index: 0.479
- Total population: 31,848
- White: 33.0% (10,497)
- Black or African American: 64.2% (20,453)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (40)
- Asian: 0.9% (286)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (148)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (424)
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#34. DeSoto County

- Index: 0.479
- Total population: 178,975
- White: 66.7% (119,455)
- Black or African American: 27.3% (48,835)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (352)
- Asian: 1.4% (2,524)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (25)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (3,967)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (3,817)
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#33. Jefferson Davis County

- Index: 0.480
- Total population: 11,339
- White: 37.9% (4,303)
- Black or African American: 61.3% (6,950)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.1% (14)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (60)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (12)
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#32. Simpson County

- Index: 0.483
- Total population: 26,888
- White: 61.8% (16,625)
- Black or African American: 36.6% (9,851)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (4)
- Asian: 0.6% (149)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.0% (259)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)
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#31. Clay County

- Index: 0.489
- Total population: 19,640
- White: 38.8% (7,622)
- Black or African American: 60.0% (11,784)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (92)
- Asian: 0.3% (57)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.4% (85)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)

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#30. Yalobusha County

- Index: 0.494
- Total population: 12,367
- White: 59.0% (7,302)
- Black or African American: 39.7% (4,904)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (18)
- Asian: 0.2% (19)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (92)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (32)
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#29. Amite County

- Index: 0.495
- Total population: 12,412
- White: 57.4% (7,119)
- Black or African American: 41.9% (5,202)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (3)
- Asian: 0.2% (23)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.3% (35)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (30)
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#28. Calhoun County

- Index: 0.496
- Total population: 14,499
- White: 65.2% (9,459)
- Black or African American: 27.4% (3,968)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.2% (34)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (272)
- Some other Race: 5.3% (766)
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#27. Kemper County

- Index: 0.499
- Total population: 9,943
- White: 34.5% (3,433)
- Black or African American: 61.7% (6,134)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 3.7% (364)
- Asian: 0.1% (7)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.1% (5)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)
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#26. Wayne County

- Index: 0.502
- Total population: 20,373
- White: 57.4% (11,695)
- Black or African American: 41.0% (8,359)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (17)
- Asian: 0.1% (26)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.8% (161)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (115)

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#25. Walthall County

- Index: 0.505
- Total population: 14,477
- White: 52.9% (7,665)
- Black or African American: 46.3% (6,706)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.1% (15)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.2% (28)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (63)
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#24. Jasper County

- Index: 0.505
- Total population: 16,505
- White: 44.7% (7,379)
- Black or African American: 54.3% (8,964)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (1)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (89)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (72)
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#23. Benton County

- Index: 0.506
- Total population: 8,232
- White: 61.4% (5,051)
- Black or African American: 34.2% (2,813)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (15)
- 2 or more races: 3.0% (249)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (104)
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#22. Yazoo County

- Index: 0.508
- Total population: 28,565
- White: 36.9% (10,533)
- Black or African American: 59.6% (17,027)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (92)
- Asian: 0.4% (126)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.2% (343)
- Some other Race: 1.6% (444)
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#21. Forrest County

- Index: 0.509
- Total population: 75,224
- White: 59.4% (44,649)
- Black or African American: 37.2% (27,951)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (163)
- Asian: 0.8% (639)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (30)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (1,594)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (198)

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#20. Grenada County

- Index: 0.510
- Total population: 21,088
- White: 54.9% (11,577)
- Black or African American: 43.4% (9,161)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (148)
- Asian: 0.2% (46)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (140)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (16)
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#19. Pike County

- Index: 0.513
- Total population: 39,532
- White: 43.8% (17,315)
- Black or African American: 54.3% (21,456)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (198)
- Asian: 0.3% (125)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (269)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (169)
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#18. Adams County

- Index: 0.515
- Total population: 31,266
- White: 40.9% (12,796)
- Black or African American: 56.3% (17,610)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (95)
- Asian: 0.6% (187)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (338)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (240)
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#17. Lauderdale County

- Index: 0.515
- Total population: 76,279
- White: 54.2% (41,343)
- Black or African American: 43.7% (33,333)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (153)
- Asian: 0.7% (505)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (35)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (558)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (352)
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#16. Warren County

- Index: 0.523
- Total population: 46,519
- White: 48.3% (22,470)
- Black or African American: 49.4% (22,978)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (121)
- Asian: 0.7% (332)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
- 2 or more races: 0.9% (438)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (172)

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#15. Lowndes County

- Index: 0.523
- Total population: 59,150
- White: 53.4% (31,595)
- Black or African American: 43.8% (25,902)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (83)
- Asian: 1.0% (602)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (10)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (792)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (166)
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#14. Montgomery County

- Index: 0.525
- Total population: 10,068
- White: 52.9% (5,324)
- Black or African American: 44.2% (4,446)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.3% (29)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (214)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (55)
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#13. Winston County

- Index: 0.525
- Total population: 18,229
- White: 50.5% (9,197)
- Black or African American: 46.9% (8,553)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.3% (242)
- Asian: 0.0% (6)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.0% (174)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (57)
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#12. Panola County

- Index: 0.526
- Total population: 34,190
- White: 48.7% (16,647)
- Black or African American: 48.6% (16,616)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (64)
- Asian: 0.0% (5)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (21)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (788)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (49)
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#11. Marshall County

- Index: 0.526
- Total population: 35,599
- White: 49.5% (17,616)
- Black or African American: 47.8% (17,017)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (26)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.9% (303)
- Some other Race: 1.8% (637)

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#10. Scott County

- Index: 0.526
- Total population: 28,332
- White: 57.2% (16,211)
- Black or African American: 38.1% (10,791)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (123)
- Asian: 0.3% (73)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (199)
- Some other Race: 3.3% (935)
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#9. Newton County

- Index: 0.527
- Total population: 21,360
- White: 61.4% (13,115)
- Black or African American: 30.5% (6,515)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 5.3% (1,135)
- Asian: 0.5% (111)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.2% (264)
- Some other Race: 1.0% (220)
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#8. Madison County

- Index: 0.527
- Total population: 104,562
- White: 57.2% (59,828)
- Black or African American: 38.0% (39,731)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (185)
- Asian: 2.6% (2,699)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (9)
- 2 or more races: 0.8% (857)
- Some other Race: 1.2% (1,253)
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#7. Copiah County

- Index: 0.530
- Total population: 28,501
- White: 45.1% (12,849)
- Black or African American: 51.6% (14,698)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (6)
- Asian: 0.4% (108)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (391)
- Some other Race: 1.6% (449)
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#6. Attala County

- Index: 0.532
- Total population: 18,437
- White: 53.8% (9,916)
- Black or African American: 42.3% (7,792)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (25)
- Asian: 0.2% (44)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (342)
- Some other Race: 1.7% (318)

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#5. Oktibbeha County

- Index: 0.533
- Total population: 49,512
- White: 57.4% (28,406)
- Black or African American: 37.0% (18,312)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (55)
- Asian: 3.3% (1,635)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (29)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (814)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (261)
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#4. Chickasaw County

- Index: 0.549
- Total population: 17,193
- White: 50.3% (8,651)
- Black or African American: 44.3% (7,616)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (11)
- Asian: 0.2% (33)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (258)
- Some other Race: 3.6% (624)
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#3. Leake County

- Index: 0.559
- Total population: 22,792
- White: 51.2% (11,677)
- Black or African American: 41.9% (9,555)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 5.7% (1,293)
- Asian: 0.5% (117)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (103)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (47)
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#2. Neshoba County

- Index: 0.568
- Total population: 29,332
- White: 60.0% (17,593)
- Black or African American: 20.9% (6,145)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 16.7% (4,895)
- Asian: 0.5% (159)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (477)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (55)
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#1. Tallahatchie County

- Index: 0.579
- Total population: 14,158
- White: 35.4% (5,013)
- Black or African American: 53.7% (7,599)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (24)
- Asian: 1.4% (198)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (11)
- 2 or more races: 0.4% (63)
- Some other Race: 8.8% (1,250)

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