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

Attendance at Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games this season: 572,710

Attendance at the "Treasures of the Czars" exhibition during its six-month run in St. Petersburg last year: 602,212

Tampa's projected annual growth rate, in percent, from now until the end of the century: +1.5

Rank of Tampa among U.S. cities where residents spend the most on cooling or heating their homes: 12th

Percentage of energy above the national average required to heat and cool a home in Tampa: +15.1

Approximate ratio of applicants to vacancies for the $5.77-per-hour jobs available at a Continental Airlines jobfest last week: 4:1

Percentage of Class A office space _ the top of the line _ that was vacant at the end of the year in downtown Tampa: 13

Percentage of Class A office space left vacant in downtown Orlando at the end of 1995: 7.2

Average farm size, in acres, in Hillsborough County, 1987: 105

Average farm size in acres in Hillsborough in 1992, the last year when measurements were available: 96

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from BARBARA HIJEK, JENNIFER L. STEVENSON and JEFF TESTERMAN.

Sources for Quality of Life Index

Football vs. Russian artifacts: Staff reports.

Growth rate: "The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 Tampa MSA Competitive Environment," November 1995 report by Ernst & Young.

Heating and cooling: CNG Energy Services Corp. of Pittsburgh, a subsidiary of Consolidated Natural Gas Company. The CNG Energy Index forecasts and measures the weather's impact on residential energy requirements in 100 U.S. metropolitan areas. The index takes into account outdoor temperatures and the impact of sunshine, humidity and the previous day's weather on heating and cooling requirements. Once those factors are considered, the index produces a number that represents a relative measure of the thermal energy required to keep a home's temperature between 73 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jobs: Staff report. More than 1,500 people lined up for 390 jobs as reservations sales agents.

Office vacancy rates: Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 13.

Farm size: 1995 Florida Statistical Abstract, published by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, College of Administration, University of Florida.

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