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

Percentage of kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Hillsborough County who attend private schools: 11.9

Percentage of students statewide who attend private schools: 10.2

Rank of Hillsborough among the Florida school districts with the highest percentage of students in private schools: 6th

Average daily number of cars and trucks that use Interstate 275 in Tampa during January: 125,644

Annual downtown office rent per square foot in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area last year: $13.78

Average annual downtown office rent per square foot nationwide: $21.94

Rank of the Tampa area among U.S. cities with the lowest office rental rates: 1st

Burglaries in Tampa, 1992: 10,005

Burglaries in Tampa, 1993: 8,987

Burglaries in Tampa, 1994: 8,734

Burglaries in Tampa, 1995: 6,627

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from STEPHEN HEGARTY and BARBARA HIJEK.

Quality of life sources

Private schools: Florida Department of Education statistics for the 1994-95 school year. At nearly 13.6 percent, Dade County has the highest percentage of private school students in Florida. Pinellas has 12.5 percent, Polk has 6.5 percent and Pasco has 4 percent.

Traffic on I-275: 1995 Florida Statistical Abstract, published by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, College of Business Administration, University of Florida. The abstract cites unpublished data for 1993 from the Florida Department of Transportation.

Office rent: USA Today, Jan. 24, 1996, citing ONCAR International.

Burglaries: Tampa Police Department, Support Services Division, Preliminary 1995 Annual Crime Report.

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