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

Number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births statewide:

8.77

Infant mortality rate for Hillsborough County:

9.75

Number of industrial facilities in Hillsborough County that must have a state permit regulating the quantity and quality of waste water they discharge:

218

Number of those industrial facilities that are fish farms:

120

Rank of Tampa International Airport among frequent flyers in a poll on the nation's best airports for customer satisfaction:

3

Number of counties in Florida that, like Hillsborough, charge sales taxes of 6.5 cents on the dollar:

4

Number of Florida counties that charge sales taxes of 6 percent:

21

Counties with 7 percent sales taxes:

42

Percentage of St. Petersburg-based Florida Power Corp.'s 1.12-million customers on a "load-management" program that provides credits to customers in exchange for allowing the utility to cut power to certain appliances during times of peak demand:

45.4

Percentage of Tampa Electric Co.'s 490,000 customers on load-management program, which is known as Prime Time:

17.3

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from BARBARA HIJEK.

Quality of Life Indexes, Sources

Infant mortality rate: Vital News, September 1995 news letter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics. The infant mortality rate is defined as the number of deaths to individuals less than 1 year of age per 1,000 live births. HRS uses this formula to calculate that rate: multiply the number of infant deaths by 1,000, then divide by the number of live births. The rates cited here are summary rates for the years 1991-93.

Fish farms: "The State of the Environment," Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 1994 Annual Report. Fish farms far outnumber all other industrial operations requiring a state discharge permit. By comparison, 20 car washes need such permits, followed by 14 washing operations, 11 petroleum storage operations, 10 concrete or cement operations, 8 chemical manufacturers and six operations each concerning fertilizer chemicals, food or phosphate or shell mining.

Tampa International Airport: The 1995 Frequent Flyer/J.D. Power and Associates Domestic Airline Frequent Flyer Traveler Customer Satisfaction Study. The study established an overall satisfaction index with an average score of 100. Salt Lake City topped the index with a score of 110. Cincinnati followed with a score of 107. Tampa was tied at 106 with Orlando and Phoenix. The study is based on a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 frequent airline travelers who reported on more than 7,500 trips within the U.S. Each airport was ranked in three categories: check-in/post-flight services, on-time performance and gate location.

Sales taxes: Florida Department of Revenue.

Load-management programs: The Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 11, 1995.

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