What is the difference between user fields?

There appears to be 2 places where we can add custom fields. The first, is under the admin menu > Settings > Users. The second, is under the admin menu > Customize > User fields.
Can someone explain the difference between the two as they don’t appear to be linked.


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The public user custom fields setting that you find at Settings/Users is intended to be used by plugins. It allows user custom fields to be retrieved with the API.

For creating user fields, you should add them to the User Fields section, found at Admin/Customize/User Fields.