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Quality of Life Index // OUR TIMES AS TOLD BY STATISTICS

Average Tampa Police Department response time for emergency calls, in minutes:

8.4

Sales of candy and confections in Hillsborough County, 1992:

$52.9-million

Candy sales in Hillsborough, 1993:

$51.9-million

Candy sales in Hillsborough, 1994:

$64.3-million

Number of state prison inmates tested randomly for alcohol or drug use from April 1 to June 30 at the three state correctional facilities in Hillsborough County:

54

Inmates who tested negative:

52

Inmates who tested positive for alcohol:

1

Inmates who tested positive for cocaine:

1

Number of meals served each day in Hillsborough County public schools:

130,000

Percentage of Hillsborough public school students whose family incomes make them eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches:

52

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from BILL DURYEA and JANET SHELTON ROGERS.

Quality of Life Index, Sources

Police response time: City of Tampa.

Candy: Florida Department of Revenue.

Inmate drug use: "Institutional Random Drug Testing Results for January 1994 to June 1995," an Aug. 22 report from the Florida Department of Corrections, Bureau of Planning, Research and Statistics, Inmate Information Section. Officials tested inmates at the Hillsborough Correctional Institution, the Tampa Community Correctional Center and the Hillsborough Community Correctional Center.

School lunches: Hillsborough County School District.

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