List of counties in Nebraska


The following is a list of the 93 counties in the US state of Nebraska, listed by name, FIPS code and license plate prefix

Nebraska's postal abbreviation is NE and its FIPS state code is 31

When many counties were formed, the bills establishing them did not state the honoree's full name; thus the namesakes of several counties, including Brown, Deuel, Dixon, and possibly Harlan, are known only by their surnames

County listedit

County
FIPS County Code
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County seat
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Established
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Origin
Etymology
License plate prefix
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Population
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Area
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Map
Adams County 001 Hastings 1867 Unorganized territory John Adams, Founding Father and the second President of the United States 14 7004316100000000000♠31,610 7002563000000000000♠563 sq mi
7003145800000000000♠1,458 km2
Antelope County 003 Neligh 1871 Unorganized territory Pronghorn, often called antelope 26 7003645600000000000♠6,456 7002857000000000000♠857 sq mi
7003222000000000000♠2,220 km2
Arthur County 005 Arthur 1887 Unorganized territory Chester A Arthur, twenty-first president of the United States 91 7002458000000000000♠458 7002715000000000000♠715 sq mi
7003185200000000000♠1,852 km2
Banner County 007 Harrisburg 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Named for the hope of the early settlers to make the county the "banner county" of the state 85 7002759000000000000♠759 7002746000000000000♠746 sq mi
7003193200000000000♠1,932 km2
Blaine County 009 Brewster 1885 Unorganized territory James G Blaine 1843-1923, Representative, Speaker of the House, Senator from Maine, Secretary of State, and Republican candidate in the 1884 presidential election 86 7002482000000000000♠482 7002711000000000000♠711 sq mi
7003184100000000000♠1,841 km2
Boone County 011 Albion 1871 Unorganized territory Daniel Boone, American pioneer and trapper 23 7003538800000000000♠5,388 7002687000000000000♠687 sq mi
7003177900000000000♠1,779 km2
Box Butte County 013 Alliance 1887 Formed from Dawes County Named for a large box-shaped butte located approximately six miles north of Alliance, Nebraska, the county seat 65 7004113050000000000♠11,305 7003107500000000000♠1,075 sq mi
7003278400000000000♠2,784 km2
Boyd County 015 Butte 1891 Holt County and unorganized territory Indian Territory James E Boyd, the eighth governor of Nebraska 63 7003203200000000000♠2,032 7002540000000000000♠540 sq mi
7003139900000000000♠1,399 km2
Brown County 017 Ainsworth 1883 Unorganized territory The Brown family of early settlers 75 7003292600000000000♠2,926 7003122100000000000♠1,221 sq mi
7003316200000000000♠3,162 km2
Buffalo County 019 Kearney 1855 Unorganized territory Named for the American Bison which once roamed the present county 9 7004478930000000000♠47,893 7002968000000000000♠968 sq mi
7003250700000000000♠2,507 km2
Burt County 021 Tekamah 1854 One of nine original counties Francis Burt, the first territorial governor of Nebraska who died after two days in office 31 7003657400000000000♠6,574 7002493000000000000♠493 sq mi
7003127700000000000♠1,277 km2
Butler County 023 David City 1856 Formed from Greene County William Orlando Butler, US Congressman from Kentucky and Mexican-American War hero 25 7003831200000000000♠8,312 7002584000000000000♠584 sq mi
7003151300000000000♠1,513 km2
Cass County 025 Plattsmouth 1854 One of nine original counties Lewis Cass, the territorial administrator and US Senator from Michigan 20 7004253570000000000♠25,357 7002559000000000000♠559 sq mi
7003144800000000000♠1,448 km2
Cedar County 027 Hartington 1857 Formed from Dixon and Pierce Counties Named for the eastern red cedars present in the county4 13 7003871100000000000♠8,711 7002740000000000000♠740 sq mi
7003191700000000000♠1,917 km2
Chase County 029 Imperial 1873 Unorganized territory Champion S Chase, a mayor of Omaha, Nebraska who served as Nebraska's first attorney general 72 7003400000000000000♠4,000 7002894000000000000♠894 sq mi
7003231500000000000♠2,315 km2
Cherry County 031 Valentine 1883 Unorganized territory Samuel A Cherry, army lieutenant killed in the Indian Wars 66 7003578800000000000♠5,788 7003596100000000000♠5,961 sq mi
7004154390000000000♠15,439 km2
Cheyenne County 033 Sidney 1867 Unorganized territory Named for the Cheyenne Native American tribe 39 7004100910000000000♠10,091 7003119600000000000♠1,196 sq mi
7003309800000000000♠3,098 km2
Clay County 035 Clay Center 1855 Formed from unorganized territory Henry Clay, the Senator from Kentucky, US Secretary of State, and presidential candidate 30 7003639200000000000♠6,392 7002573000000000000♠573 sq mi
7003148400000000000♠1,484 km2
Colfax County 037 Schuyler 1869 Formed from Platte County Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Vice President of the United States 43 7004104250000000000♠10,425 7002413000000000000♠413 sq mi
7003107000000000000♠1,070 km2
Cuming County 039 West Point 1855 Formed from Burt County Thomas B Cuming, first Secretary of Nebraska Territory 24 7003899600000000000♠8,996 7002572000000000000♠572 sq mi
7003148100000000000♠1,481 km2
Custer County 041 Broken Bow 1877 Unorganized territory George Armstrong Custer, general in the Civil War and Indian Wars 4 7004107920000000000♠10,792 7003257600000000000♠2,576 sq mi
7003667200000000000♠6,672 km2
Dakota County 043 Dakota City 1855 Formed from Burt County Named for the Dakota branch of the Sioux Native American tribe 70 7004209470000000000♠20,947 7002264000000000000♠264 sq mi
7002684000000000000♠684 km2
Dawes County 045 Chadron 1885 Formed from Sioux County James W Dawes, the sixth governor of Nebraska 69 7003908800000000000♠9,088 7003139600000000000♠1,396 sq mi
7003361600000000000♠3,616 km2
Dawson County 047 Lexington 1860 Unorganized territory Jacob Dawson, the first postmaster in present-day Lincoln, Nebraska, the state capital 18 7004242070000000000♠24,207 7003101300000000000♠1,013 sq mi
7003262400000000000♠2,624 km2
Deuel County 049 Chappell 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County The Deuel family of early settlers 78 7003193700000000000♠1,937 7002440000000000000♠440 sq mi
7003114000000000000♠1,140 km2
Dixon County 051 Ponca 1856 Formed from Blackbird County, Izard County, and unorganized territory The Dixon family of early settlers 35 7003585100000000000♠5,851 7002476000000000000♠476 sq mi
7003123300000000000♠1,233 km2
Dodge County 053 Fremont 1854 One of nine original counties Augustus Caesar Dodge, a United States senator from Iowa who was a supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska Act 5 7004365150000000000♠36,515 7002534000000000000♠534 sq mi
7003138300000000000♠1,383 km2
Douglas County 055 Omaha 1854 One of nine original counties Stephen Arnold Douglas, the American statesman, U S senator, and presidential candidate 1 7005537256000000000♠537,256 7002331000000000000♠331 sq mi
7002857000000000000♠857 km2
Dundy County 057 Benkelman 1873 Unorganized territory Elmer Scipio Dundy, a US Circuit Court judge from Nebraska 76 7003198100000000000♠1,981 7002920000000000000♠920 sq mi
7003238300000000000♠2,383 km2
Fillmore County 059 Geneva 1856 Formed from Jackson County and unorganized territory Millard Fillmore, the thirteenth president of the United States 34 7003569800000000000♠5,698 7002576000000000000♠576 sq mi
7003149200000000000♠1,492 km2
Franklin County 061 Franklin 1867 Formed from Kearney County Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father, printer, scientist, and diplomat 50 7003308500000000000♠3,085 7002576000000000000♠576 sq mi
7003149200000000000♠1,492 km2
Frontier County 063 Stockville 1872 Unorganized territory Named for the fact that it was located in what was referred to at that time as part of the Nebraska frontier 60 7003270900000000000♠2,709 7002975000000000000♠975 sq mi
7003252500000000000♠2,525 km2
Furnas County 065 Beaver City 1873 Unorganized territory Robert Wilkinson Furnas, the third governor of Nebraska 38 7003486500000000000♠4,865 7002718000000000000♠718 sq mi
7003186000000000000♠1,860 km2
Gage County 067 Beatrice 1855 Unorganized territory William D Gage, a Methodist minister who served as chaplain of the state legislature at the time the county was established 3 7004218640000000000♠21,864 7002855000000000000♠855 sq mi
7003221400000000000♠2,214 km2
Garden County 069 Oshkosh 1910 Formed from Deuel County Named for the hopes of two real estate agents and citizens of the county seat, Oshkosh, Nebraska, that the county would be the "garden spot of the west" 77 7003190200000000000♠1,902 7003170500000000000♠1,705 sq mi
7003441600000000000♠4,416 km2
Garfield County 071 Burwell 1884 Formed from Wheeler County James Abram Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States 83 7003203500000000000♠2,035 7002570000000000000♠570 sq mi
7003147600000000000♠1,476 km2
Gosper County 073 Elwood 1873 Unorganized territory John J Gosper, the secretary of state for Nebraska at the time of the county's formation 73 7003197200000000000♠1,972 7002458000000000000♠458 sq mi
7003118600000000000♠1,186 km2
Grant County 075 Hyannis 1887 Unorganized territory Ulysses Simpson Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States and American Civil War general 92 7002633000000000000♠633 7002776000000000000♠776 sq mi
7003201000000000000♠2,010 km2
Greeley County 077 Greeley 1871 Unorganized territory Horace Greeley, the pioneering American journalist 62 7003249400000000000♠2,494 7002570000000000000♠570 sq mi
7003147600000000000♠1,476 km2
Hall County 079 Grand Island 1858 Unorganized territory Augustus Hall, the chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court at the time the county was created 8 7004607200000000000♠60,720 7002546000000000000♠546 sq mi
7003141400000000000♠1,414 km2
Hamilton County 081 Aurora 1867 Unorganized territory Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury 28 7003911200000000000♠9,112 7002544000000000000♠544 sq mi
7003140900000000000♠1,409 km2
Harlan County 083 Alma 1871 Formed from Kearney County Disputed; either James Harlan, Secretary of the Interior 1865-1866; or a revenue collector named Harlan who lived near Republican City 51 7003351300000000000♠3,513 7002553000000000000♠553 sq mi
7003143200000000000♠1,432 km2
Hayes County 085 Hayes Center 1877 Unorganized territory Rutherford Birchard Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United States 79 7002976000000000000♠976 7002713000000000000♠713 sq mi
7003184700000000000♠1,847 km2
Hitchcock County 087 Trenton 1873 Unorganized territory Phineas Warren Hitchcock, a US Senator from Nebraska 67 7003287200000000000♠2,872 7002710000000000000♠710 sq mi
7003183900000000000♠1,839 km2
Holt County 089 O'Neill 1860 Unorganized territory Joseph Holt, a US Postmaster General and US Secretary of War under James Buchanan 36 7004104490000000000♠10,449 7003241300000000000♠2,413 sq mi
7003625000000000000♠6,250 km2
Hooker County 091 Mullen 1889 Unorganized territory Joseph Hooker, an American Civil War general 93 7002738000000000000♠738 7002721000000000000♠721 sq mi
7003186700000000000♠1,867 km2
Howard County 093 Saint Paul 1871 Formed from Hall County Oliver Otis Howard, an American Civil War general 49 7003635500000000000♠6,355 7002570000000000000♠570 sq mi
7003147600000000000♠1,476 km2
Jefferson County 095 Fairbury 1856 Unorganized territory Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States 33 7003756000000000000♠7,560 7002573000000000000♠573 sq mi
7003148400000000000♠1,484 km2
Johnson County 097 Tecumseh 1857 Formed from Nemaha and Otoe Counties Richard Mentor Johnson, the ninth vice president of the United States 57 7003514400000000000♠5,144 7002376000000000000♠376 sq mi
7002974000000000000♠974 km2
Kearney County 099 Minden 1860 Unorganized territory Named for Fort Kearny - when the county was created the fort's name was misspelled 52 7003654800000000000♠6,548 7002516000000000000♠516 sq mi
7003133600000000000♠1,336 km2
Keith County 101 Ogallala 1873 Unorganized territory M C Keith, who owned one of the largest ranches in western Nebraska at the time 68 7003813000000000000♠8,130 7003106100000000000♠1,061 sq mi
7003274800000000000♠2,748 km2
Keya Paha County 103 Springview 1884 Formed from Brown County and unorganized Indian territory Dakota words Ké-ya Pa-há Wa-kpá, which, translated, mean turtle hill river 82 7002790000000000000♠790 7002773000000000000♠773 sq mi
7003200200000000000♠2,002 km2
Kimball County 105 Kimball 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Thomas L Kimball, an official of the Union Pacific Railroad 71 7003370200000000000♠3,702 7002952000000000000♠952 sq mi
7003246600000000000♠2,466 km2
Knox County 107 Center 1857 Formed from Pierce County and unorganized territory Former names-L'Eau Qui Court 1857-1867 and Emmet 1867-1873 Henry Knox, the first United States Secretary of War 12 7003856500000000000♠8,565 7003110800000000000♠1,108 sq mi
7003287000000000000♠2,870 km2
Lancaster County 109 Lincoln 1855 Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties The cities of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster, England 2 7005297036000000000♠297,036 7002839000000000000♠839 sq mi
7003217300000000000♠2,173 km2
Lincoln County 111 North Platte 1860 Unorganized territory Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States 15 7004360510000000000♠36,051 7003256400000000000♠2,564 sq mi
7003664100000000000♠6,641 km2
Logan County 113 Stapleton 1885 Unorganized territory John Alexander Logan, a general in the American Civil War 87 7002763000000000000♠763 7002571000000000000♠571 sq mi
7003147900000000000♠1,479 km2
Loup County 115 Taylor 1883 Unorganized territory Loup River which in turn is named for the French word loup which means wolf 88 7002576000000000000♠576 7002570000000000000♠570 sq mi
7003147600000000000♠1,476 km2
Madison County 119 Madison 1856 Formed from Loup County, and McNeale County, and unorganized territory Either James Madison, the fourth president of the United States; or, more likely, Madison, Wisconsin, where most of the new county's settlers were from 7 7004352780000000000♠35,278 7002573000000000000♠573 sq mi
7003148400000000000♠1,484 km2
McPherson County 117 Tryon 1887 Unorganized territory James Birdseye McPherson, a general in the American Civil War 90 7002526000000000000♠526 7002859000000000000♠859 sq mi
7003222500000000000♠2,225 km2
Merrick County 121 Central City 1858 Formed from Polk County and unorganized territory Elvira Merrick, wife of Henry W DePuy, a territorial legislator 46 7003780200000000000♠7,802 7002485000000000000♠485 sq mi
7003125600000000000♠1,256 km2
Morrill County 123 Bridgeport 1908 Formed from Cheyenne County Charles Henry Morrill, a president of the Lincoln Land Company 64 7003490800000000000♠4,908 7003142400000000000♠1,424 sq mi
7003368800000000000♠3,688 km2
Nance County 125 Fullerton 1879 Formed from a Pawnee Indian reservation Albinus Nance, the fourth governor of Nebraska 58 7003362300000000000♠3,623 7002441000000000000♠441 sq mi
7003114200000000000♠1,142 km2
Nemaha County 127 Auburn 1854 One of nine original counties Nimaha, the Oto name meaning miry water for a stream which crossed the county and emptied into the Missouri River 44 7003715700000000000♠7,157 7002409000000000000♠409 sq mi
7003105900000000000♠1,059 km2
Nuckolls County 129 Nelson 1860 Unorganized territory Lafayette Nuckolls, a member of the first Nebraska territorial legislature; and his brother, Stephen Nuckolls, a pioneering Nebraska settler, businessman and banker 42 7003441300000000000♠4,413 7002575000000000000♠575 sq mi
7003148900000000000♠1,489 km2
Otoe County 131 Nebraska City 1854 One of nine original counties Oto also Otoe Native American tribe 11 7004157520000000000♠15,752 7002616000000000000♠616 sq mi
7003159500000000000♠1,595 km2
Pawnee County 133 Pawnee City 1855 Formed from Richardson County Pawnee Native American tribe 54 7003270900000000000♠2,709 7002432000000000000♠432 sq mi
7003111900000000000♠1,119 km2
Perkins County 135 Grant 1887 Formed from Keith County Charles E Perkins, a president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 74 7003292100000000000♠2,921 7002883000000000000♠883 sq mi
7003228700000000000♠2,287 km2
Phelps County 137 Holdrege 1873 Formed from Kearney County William Phelps, an early settler in that part of Nebraska4 37 7003921300000000000♠9,213 7002540000000000000♠540 sq mi
7003139900000000000♠1,399 km2
Pierce County 139 Pierce 1856 Formed from Izard County, McNeale County, and unorganized territory Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United States 40 7003751000000000000♠7,510 7002574000000000000♠574 sq mi
7003148700000000000♠1,487 km2
Platte County 141 Columbus 1856 Formed from Greene and Loup Counties Platte River which is in turn named for the French word for flat 10 7004325050000000000♠32,505 7002678000000000000♠678 sq mi
7003175600000000000♠1,756 km2
Polk County 143 Osceola 1856 Formed from York County and unorganized territory James Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States 41 7003527500000000000♠5,275 7002439000000000000♠439 sq mi
7003113700000000000♠1,137 km2
Red Willow County 145 McCook 1873 Unorganized territory Red Willow Creek, which runs through the area 48 7004110060000000000♠11,006 7002717000000000000♠717 sq mi
7003185700000000000♠1,857 km2
Richardson County 147 Falls City 1854 One of nine original counties William A Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska Territory 19 7003812500000000000♠8,125 7002554000000000000♠554 sq mi
7003143500000000000♠1,435 km2
Rock County 149 Bassett 1885 Formed from Brown County Either Rock Creek, which flows in the county; or the rocky condition of the soil in the area 81 7003141100000000000♠1,411 7003100800000000000♠1,008 sq mi
7003261100000000000♠2,611 km2
Saline County 151 Wilber 1867 Unorganized territory Named for a belief held by the early pioneers that great salt springs and deposits could be found in the area, a hope found to be false 22 7004144160000000000♠14,416 7002575000000000000♠575 sq mi
7003148900000000000♠1,489 km2
Sarpy County 153 Papillion 1857 Formed from Cass and Douglas Counties Peter A Sarpy, a commander of a trading post in the future county 59 7005169331000000000♠169,331 7002241000000000000♠241 sq mi
7002624000000000000♠624 km2
Saunders County 155 Wahoo 1856 Formed from Douglas and Lancaster Counties Alvin Saunders, a governor of the Nebraska Territory 6 7004209290000000000♠20,929 7002754000000000000♠754 sq mi
7003195300000000000♠1,953 km2
Scotts Bluff County 157 Gering 1888 Formed from Cheyenne County Named for a towering bluff located in the Scotts Bluff National Monument; the bluffs themselves are named for Hiram Scott, a fur trapper who is alleged to have crawled 75 miles with a broken leg before collapsing and dying at the foot of the formation 21 7004368480000000000♠36,848 7002739000000000000♠739 sq mi
7003191400000000000♠1,914 km2
Seward County 159 Seward 1855 Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties William Henry Seward, the United States Secretary of State during the 1860s 16 7004170890000000000♠17,089 7002575000000000000♠575 sq mi
7003148900000000000♠1,489 km2
Sheridan County 161 Rushville 1885 Formed from Sioux County Philip Henry Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War 61 7003525100000000000♠5,251 7003244100000000000♠2,441 sq mi
7003632200000000000♠6,322 km2
Sherman County 163 Loup City 1871 Formed from Buffalo County and unorganized territory William Tecumseh Sherman, the American Civil War general 56 7003310600000000000♠3,106 7002566000000000000♠566 sq mi
7003146600000000000♠1,466 km2
Sioux County 165 Harrison 1877 Unorganized territory Sioux Native American tribe 80 7003147500000000000♠1,475 7003131300000000000♠1,313 sq mi
7003340100000000000♠3,401 km2
Stanton County 167 Stanton 1855 Formed from Burt County Edwin M Stanton, the United States Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War 53 7003613300000000000♠6,133 7002430000000000000♠430 sq mi
7003111400000000000♠1,114 km2
Thayer County 169 Hebron 1871 Formed from Jefferson County John Milton Thayer, the seventh governor of Nebraska 32 7003518900000000000♠5,189 7002575000000000000♠575 sq mi
7003148900000000000♠1,489 km2
Thomas County 171 Thedford 1887 Unorganized territory George Henry Thomas, a general in the American Civil War 89 7002699000000000000♠699 7002713000000000000♠713 sq mi
7003184700000000000♠1,847 km2
Thurston County 173 Pender 1889 Formed form Blackbird County and an Omaha Indian reservation John Mellen Thurston, a U S senator from Nebraska 55 7003689500000000000♠6,895 7002394000000000000♠394 sq mi
7003102000000000000♠1,020 km2
Valley County 175 Ord 1871 Unorganized territory Named for the many valleys in the area 47 7003419300000000000♠4,193 7002568000000000000♠568 sq mi
7003147100000000000♠1,471 km2
Washington County 177 Blair 1854 One of nine original counties George Washington, the first president of the United States 29 7004202230000000000♠20,223 7002390000000000000♠390 sq mi
7003101000000000000♠1,010 km2
Wayne County 179 Wayne 1867 Unorganized territory Anthony Wayne, the American Revolutionary War general nicknamed "Mad Anthony" by his troops 27 7003941100000000000♠9,411 7002444000000000000♠444 sq mi
7003115000000000000♠1,150 km2
Webster County 181 Red Cloud 1867 Unorganized territory Daniel Webster, the statesman and US Senator from Massachusetts 45 7003368800000000000♠3,688 7002575000000000000♠575 sq mi
7003148900000000000♠1,489 km2
Wheeler County 183 Bartlett 1877 Unorganized territory Daniel H Wheeler, a secretary of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture 84 7002759000000000000♠759 7002575000000000000♠575 sq mi
7003148900000000000♠1,489 km2
York County 185 York 1855 Formed from Cass County, Pierce County, and unorganized territory Named for either York, England, or York County, Pennsylvania 17 7004138830000000000♠13,883 7002576000000000000♠576 sq mi
7003149200000000000♠1,492 km2

Former counties of Nebraska:

  • Clay 1855-1864 Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved into Gage and Lancaster County
  • Jackson 1855-1856 Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved to Fillmore County and unorganized territory
  • Johnson 1855-1856 Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved to unorganized territory
  • Blackbird 1855-1888 Formed from Burt County and dissolved to Thurston County
  • Loup 1855-1856 Formed from Burt and Un-Organized and then dissolved Madison, Monroe and Platte Counties
  • Jones 1856-1866 Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved into Jefferson County
  • Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Lynn, Monroe and Taylor counties listed in 1870 - see map
  • West 1860-1862 Formed from unorganized territory and dissolved into Holt County

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing" EPAgov Retrieved 2008-05-04 
  2. ^ a b c d National Association of Counties "NACo County Explorer" Retrieved 2015-10-25 
  3. ^ The license plate prefix sequence is derived from the number of vehicles registered in each county in 1922
  4. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder 1925 "Nebraska Place-Names" University of Nebraska Department of English Retrieved 2010-09-02


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