100 Biggest Cities In South Carolina For 2020

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in South Carolina. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 242 cities and places in South Carolina.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Palmetto State has to offer. You know the places like Charleston and Columbia which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in South Carolina that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in South Carolina with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in South Carolina, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in South Carolina, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In South Carolina

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Palmetto State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in South Carolina from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Charleston.

The smallest? Turbeville, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Charleston, SC
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Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population: 133,762
Population 2010: 116,347
Growth: 15.0%
More on Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston had an estimated population of 134,385 in 2016. The estimated population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, was 761,155 residents in 2016, the third-largest in the state and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Review Of Charleston by HomeSnacks User

I noticed very little crime while I was there, and the education is superb!! From colleges to elementary schools, the education in first rate with lots of real world experience. I Love this place!

What stands out to me is the classic Southern Charm of the place. Everything is peaceful and quiet. And the beauty stands out. The entire city is just beautiful!! The coast is also super nice along with the history of the area.


Columbia, SC
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population: 133,352
Population 2010: 127,605
Growth: 4.5%
More on Columbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Columbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 817,488 by July 1, 2016, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.

Review Of Columbia by HomeSnacks User

It's not much to do in the area, most stores are being and/or have been relocated, Not much of a place i'd consider sociable.

There are some mines and things For sight seeing and collecting. The city is somewhat busy but the people are easy to get along with sometimes. The stores and products in them are pretty rare depending on what store you're visiting, and it's a lot of jobs there.


North Charleston, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
4
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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 109,886
Population 2010: 94,524
Growth: 16.3%
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North Charleston is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, with incorporated areas in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. On June 12, 1972, the city of North Charleston was incorporated and was rated as the ninth-largest city in South Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, North Charleston had a population of 97,471, growing to an estimated population of 108,304 in 2015, and with a current area of more than 76.6 square miles. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use by the U.S. Census Bureau and other U.S. Government agencies for statistical purposes only, North Charleston is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston urban area. North Charleston is one of the state's major industrial centers and is the state's top city in gross retail sales.

Mount Pleasant, SC
Overall SnackAbility
9
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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 83,700
Population 2010: 64,208
Growth: 30.4%
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Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state's fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. Mount Pleasant is the third largest city in the Charleston- North Charleston- Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston.

Rock Hill, SC
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5
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Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 71,903
Population 2010: 63,108
Growth: 13.9%
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Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina, United States and the fifth-largest city in the state. It is also the fourth-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte, Concord, and Gastonia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,154. In 2016, the population had increased to 72,937.

Review Of Rock Hill by HomeSnacks User

Rock Hill is a beautiful city south of Charlotte. The downtown area isn't crazy alive, but it is beautiful, and there a variety of shops and restaurants to pick from. The schools are great, as is the four year institution there, Winthrop University.

Favorite place is Amelie's, the French bakery. There's not much bad to be quite honest. There isn't as much to do as I would like, but there's always something.


Greenville, SC
Overall SnackAbility
7
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Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 65,727
Population 2010: 57,821
Growth: 13.7%
More on Greenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville is the largest city in and the seat of Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The city's mayor is Knox White, who has been in that position since December 1995. With an estimated population of 67,453 as of 2016, it is the sixth-largest city in the state. The population of the surrounding area was 400,492 as of 2010, making it the third-largest urban area in South Carolina as well as the fastest growing. Greenville is the largest city in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The MSA had a population of 884,975 in 2016, making it the largest in South Carolina and the third largest in The Carolinas.

Summerville, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population: 50,894
Population 2010: 40,409
Growth: 25.9%
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Summerville is a town in the U.S. state of South Carolina situated mostly in Dorchester County with small portions in Berkeley and Charleston counties. It is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Summerville at the 2010 census was 43,392, and the estimated population was 44,719 as of July 1, 2013.

Goose Creek, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population: 41,339
Population 2010: 34,765
Growth: 18.9%
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Goose Creek is a city in Berkeley County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 35,938 at the 2010 census. Most of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston is in Goose Creek. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used only by the U.S. Census Bureau and other Federal agencies for statistical purposes, Goose Creek is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.

Sumter, SC
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Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population: 39,964
Population 2010: 40,340
Growth: -0.9%
More on Sumter: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sumter is the county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina, United States. Known as the Sumter Metropolitan Statistical Area, the namesake county adjoins Clarendon and Lee to form the core of Sumter-Lee-Clarendon tri-county area of South Carolina, an area that includes the three counties in the east central Piedmont. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population was 39,643 at the 2000 census. The 2010 census puts the city at 40,524.

Review Of Sumter by HomeSnacks User

Sumter, SC is a wonderful community. There is a homey, southern charm about this city. Known for some great BBQ, Swan Lake-a beautiful park with a well know art show in May, and Shaw AFB. Built around a lowland swamp, you will find beauty in the many lakes and ponds, which are surrounded by Spanish moss covered trees.

Swan Lake is a very pretty place to visit. There is a fabulous art show in May. There are some "depressed" areas outside of town, but the city looks as if they are trying to revamp those older run down areas.


Hilton Head Island, SC
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population: 39,820
Population 2010: 36,714
Growth: 8.5%
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Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named "Hilton's Head" after himself. The island features 12 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island's population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

Review Of Hilton Head Island by HomeSnacks User

The place is gorgeous and use to be wonderful. I moved away because the corruption and drugs are unbelievable. The hospital is horrible and tourist are lulled into believing they are safe. SC poverty is horrible and shootings in HHI and Bluffton are common. Theft is extremely high because of drugs.Stay out of Horry, Beaufort and Jasper counties if you visit South Carolina.

Charleston is fun but watch yourself at night. Do not go in the summer, the heat is horrible. The beach on Hilton Head is nice but stay off it at night; a 16 yr old girl was murdered,rapes are common and a 15 yr old shot an 18 yr old at Coligny beach, a woman was just found shot in the Target parking lot.Greenville is a pretty town and has many artists and the crime is lower. Myrtle Beach is fun but very dangerous from drug crime.


Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in South Carolina

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in South Carolina.

Have fun snacking around in the Palmetto State!

For more reading on South Carolina, check out:

Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Charleston 133,762 116,347 15.0%
2 Columbia 133,352 127,605 4.5%
3 North Charleston 109,886 94,524 16.3%
4 Mount Pleasant 83,700 64,208 30.4%
5 Rock Hill 71,903 63,108 13.9%
6 Greenville 65,727 57,821 13.7%
7 Summerville 50,894 40,409 25.9%
8 Goose Creek 41,339 34,765 18.9%
9 Sumter 39,964 40,340 -0.9%
10 Hilton Head Island 39,820 36,714 8.5%
11 Florence 37,802 36,017 5.0%
12 Spartanburg 37,370 37,488 -0.3%
13 Myrtle Beach 31,783 26,696 19.1%
14 Aiken 30,464 28,807 5.8%
15 Greer 29,717 23,908 24.3%
16 Anderson 27,129 26,566 2.1%
17 Mauldin 25,009 21,686 15.3%
18 Socastee 24,056 17,108 40.6%
19 Greenwood 23,230 22,936 1.3%
20 Hanahan 22,963 16,944 35.5%
21 Conway 22,661 16,424 38.0%
22 North Augusta 22,603 20,535 10.1%
23 Taylors 21,923 21,635 1.3%
24 St. Andrews 21,494 20,835 3.2%
25 Simpsonville 21,423 17,537 22.2%
26 Lexington 21,040 16,410 28.2%
27 Wade Hampton 20,925 20,311 3.0%
28 Easley 20,784 19,720 5.4%
29 Bluffton 18,835 10,748 75.2%
30 Five Forks 18,004 13,137 37.0%
31 West Columbia 17,296 14,668 17.9%
32 Clemson 15,966 13,596 17.4%
33 Fort Mill 15,924 10,273 55.0%
34 North Myrtle Beach 15,862 13,397 18.4%
35 Seven Oaks 15,559 16,332 -4.7%
36 Red Hill 15,459 13,846 11.6%
37 Ladson 15,383 14,166 8.6%
38 Gantt 15,178 13,874 9.4%
39 Berea 14,923 12,932 15.4%
40 Dentsville 14,887 13,475 10.5%
41 Cayce 13,621 12,319 10.6%
42 Beaufort 13,336 12,492 6.8%
43 Orangeburg 13,120 13,855 -5.3%
44 Parker 12,850 10,286 24.9%
45 Lake Wylie 12,569 8,362 50.3%
46 Gaffney 12,526 12,492 0.3%
47 Port Royal 12,446 10,442 19.2%
48 Irmo 12,087 11,085 9.0%
49 James Island 12,010 0 nan%
50 Oak Grove 10,993 10,479 4.9%
51 Forest Acres 10,433 10,412 0.2%
52 Newberry 10,289 10,272 0.2%
53 Moncks Corner 10,169 7,508 35.4%
54 Garden City 10,070 8,864 13.6%
55 Tega Cay 9,954 7,014 41.9%
56 Woodfield 9,730 10,054 -3.2%
57 Red Bank 9,623 10,084 -4.6%
58 Little River 9,523 8,675 9.8%
59 Murrells Inlet 9,396 7,331 28.2%
60 Boiling Springs 9,282 8,248 12.5%
61 Lancaster 9,150 8,283 10.5%
62 Powdersville 8,991 7,998 12.4%
63 Georgetown 8,936 9,302 -3.9%
64 Laurens 8,914 9,265 -3.8%
65 Sans Souci 8,776 8,230 6.6%
66 Fountain Inn 8,684 7,411 17.2%
67 Clinton 8,508 8,615 -1.2%
68 Lugoff 8,360 7,074 18.2%
69 Bennettsville 8,308 9,322 -10.9%
70 Seneca 8,290 8,024 3.3%
71 Burton 8,199 7,144 14.8%
72 York 8,062 7,613 5.9%
73 Union 7,878 8,485 -7.2%
74 Sangaree 7,760 9,018 -13.9%
75 Hartsville 7,658 7,806 -1.9%
76 Welcome 7,394 6,907 7.1%
77 Centerville 7,303 6,446 13.3%
78 Camden 7,060 6,805 3.7%
79 Lake City 6,658 6,690 -0.5%
80 Marion 6,548 6,970 -6.1%
81 Valley Falls 6,522 5,526 18.0%
82 Laurel Bay 6,470 5,594 15.7%
83 Dillon 6,456 6,740 -4.2%
84 Lake Murray Of Richland 6,427 4,853 32.4%
85 Piedmont 6,401 5,062 26.5%
86 Homeland Park 6,157 6,062 1.6%
87 Darlington 6,034 6,374 -5.3%
88 Clover 5,955 4,916 21.1%
89 Hardeeville 5,836 2,985 95.5%
90 Cheraw 5,701 5,828 -2.2%
91 Forestbrook 5,682 4,231 34.3%
92 Walterboro 5,503 5,412 1.7%
93 Chester 5,433 5,752 -5.5%
94 Batesburg-Leesville 5,424 5,288 2.6%
95 Central 5,241 4,866 7.7%
96 Hollywood 5,119 4,597 11.4%
97 Abbeville 5,079 5,378 -5.6%
98 Travelers Rest 5,063 4,466 13.4%
99 Belvedere 4,925 5,428 -9.3%
100 Edgefield 4,735 4,749 -0.3%
101 Brookdale 4,588 4,329 6.0%
102 Barnwell 4,502 4,791 -6.0%
103 Mullins 4,429 4,735 -6.5%
104 Isle Of Palms 4,345 4,202 3.4%
105 Clearwater 4,319 4,238 1.9%
106 Surfside Beach 4,312 3,963 8.8%
107 Belton 4,309 4,189 2.9%
108 Walhalla 4,293 4,196 2.3%
109 India Hook 4,275 3,417 25.1%
110 Newport 4,194 3,918 7.0%
111 Woodruff 4,164 4,097 1.6%
112 Williamston 4,130 3,893 6.1%
113 Arcadia 4,073 1,512 169.4%
114 Manning 3,984 4,185 -4.8%
115 Ridgeland 3,948 4,132 -4.5%
116 Dalzell 3,795 3,226 17.6%
117 Northlake 3,793 3,600 5.4%
118 Saxon 3,710 4,227 -12.2%
119 Honea Path 3,687 3,777 -2.4%
120 Southern Shops 3,667 4,576 -19.9%
121 Saluda 3,613 3,450 4.7%
122 Elgin 3,610 2,314 56.0%
123 Dunean 3,605 3,609 -0.1%
124 Lyman 3,481 3,111 11.9%
125 Graniteville 3,415 2,845 20.0%
126 Duncan 3,375 3,099 8.9%
127 Golden Grove 3,335 3,047 9.5%
128 Bamberg 3,317 3,633 -8.7%
129 Winnsboro 3,280 3,657 -10.3%
130 Cherryvale 3,202 3,050 5.0%
131 Liberty 3,185 3,238 -1.6%
132 Pendleton 3,158 2,961 6.7%
133 Pickens 3,153 3,134 0.6%
134 Blythewood 3,148 1,459 115.8%
135 Kingstree 3,122 3,426 -8.9%
136 Bishopville 3,122 3,555 -12.2%
137 Allendale 3,072 3,626 -15.3%
138 Denmark 3,062 3,589 -14.7%
139 Williston 2,995 3,165 -5.4%
140 Andrews 2,981 2,958 0.8%
141 Hopkins 2,956 3,061 -3.4%
142 East Gaffney 2,944 2,784 5.7%
143 Estill 2,856 2,427 17.7%
144 Lesslie 2,809 3,050 -7.9%
145 Gloverville 2,788 3,271 -14.8%
146 Springdale 2,733 2,623 4.2%
147 Burne 2,718 2,671 1.8%
148 Inman 2,694 2,186 23.2%
149 Shell Point 2,694 3,075 -12.4%
150 Pageland 2,684 2,737 -1.9%
151 Ravenel 2,655 2,196 20.9%
152 Mccormick 2,654 2,555 3.9%
153 Folly Beach 2,647 2,523 4.9%
154 Lakewood 2,644 2,716 -2.7%
155 Loris 2,625 2,424 8.3%
156 Hampton 2,608 2,838 -8.1%
157 North Hartsville 2,588 3,266 -20.8%
158 St. George 2,581 1,994 29.4%
159 Wellford 2,561 1,830 39.9%
160 Ware Shoals 2,547 2,650 -3.9%
161 Landrum 2,534 2,275 11.4%
162 Westminster 2,512 2,370 6.0%
163 Pacolet 2,456 1,991 23.4%
164 St. Matthews 2,410 2,053 17.4%
165 South Congaree 2,395 2,367 1.2%
166 Roebuck 2,352 1,633 44.0%
167 Timmonsville 2,321 2,624 -11.5%
168 South Sumter 2,294 2,414 -5.0%
169 Edisto 2,290 2,361 -3.0%
170 Johnston 2,221 2,471 -10.1%
171 Pine Ridge 2,171 2,203 -1.5%
172 New Ellenton 2,158 2,173 -0.7%
173 Sullivan's Island 2,148 2,048 4.9%
174 Ridgeville 2,135 1,740 22.7%
175 Fairfax 2,093 3,519 -40.5%
176 Arial 2,030 2,617 -22.4%
177 Blackville 2,027 3,287 -38.3%
178 Kershaw 2,021 1,835 10.1%
179 Tigerville 2,016 919 119.4%
180 Slater-Marietta 2,009 2,291 -12.3%
181 Blacksburg 2,008 2,007 0.0%
182 Great Falls 1,988 2,175 -8.6%
183 Mccoll 1,981 2,612 -24.2%
184 Jackson 1,953 1,612 21.2%
185 Winnsboro Mills 1,944 1,998 -2.7%
186 Privateer 1,939 2,052 -5.5%
187 Calhoun Falls 1,924 2,207 -12.8%
188 Varnville 1,877 1,839 2.1%
189 Gadsden 1,873 2,079 -9.9%
190 Bonneau Beach 1,870 1,811 3.3%
191 Wedgefield 1,865 1,389 34.3%
192 Ninety Six 1,839 1,831 0.4%
193 St. Stephen 1,787 2,101 -14.9%
194 Cowpens 1,782 1,713 4.0%
195 Judson 1,777 2,065 -13.9%
196 Chapin 1,755 1,248 40.6%
197 Murphys Estates 1,696 2,256 -24.8%
198 Seabrook Island 1,694 1,816 -6.7%
199 Buffalo 1,655 1,322 25.2%
200 Fairforest 1,644 1,885 -12.8%
201 Gaston 1,621 1,233 31.5%
202 Stateburg 1,611 1,486 8.4%
203 Johnsonville 1,596 1,422 12.2%
204 Whitmire 1,561 1,567 -0.4%
205 Wilkinson Heights 1,546 2,274 -32.0%
206 Eureka Mill 1,527 2,306 -33.8%
207 Kiawah Island 1,525 1,638 -6.9%
208 Iva 1,515 1,129 34.2%
209 Chesterfield 1,512 1,513 -0.1%
210 Utica 1,501 1,639 -8.4%
211 City View 1,448 1,426 1.5%
212 Startex 1,437 738 94.7%
213 Mayo 1,416 1,506 -6.0%
214 Monarch Mill 1,416 2,150 -34.1%
215 Pelzer 1,407 87 1517.2%
216 Watts Mills 1,384 1,743 -20.6%
217 Latta 1,377 1,649 -16.5%
218 Due West 1,361 1,484 -8.3%
219 Holly Hill 1,359 1,103 23.2%
220 Joanna 1,329 1,442 -7.8%
221 Langley 1,309 1,440 -9.1%
222 Awendaw 1,308 1,247 4.9%
223 Inman Mills 1,306 1,456 -10.3%
224 Irwin 1,303 1,937 -32.7%
225 Prosperity 1,281 971 31.9%
226 Lincolnville 1,280 1,480 -13.5%
227 Pinopolis 1,247 1,314 -5.1%
228 Quinby 1,233 1,161 6.2%
229 Meggett 1,211 1,109 9.2%
230 East Sumter 1,172 1,131 3.6%
231 Catawba 1,151 1,719 -33.0%
232 Oakland 1,140 1,361 -16.2%
233 Branchville 1,132 980 15.5%
234 Pamplico 1,091 1,117 -2.3%
235 Gayle Mill 1,075 752 43.0%
236 Lake Secession 1,050 954 10.1%
237 Cane Savannah 1,035 1,400 -26.1%
238 Fort Lawn 1,012 906 11.7%
239 Warrenville 1,004 1,121 -10.4%
240 Santee 1,003 909 10.3%
241 Mcbee 1,002 1,077 -7.0%
242 Turbeville 1,002 841 19.1%

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