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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistics

Maximum number of manatees that live in Tampa Bay during the winter: 200

Estimated number of bottle-nosed dolphins that live in the bay during the winter: 500

Approximate number of boats registered in the three counties surrounding Tampa Bay: 100,000

Total number of violent crimes _ murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults _ in Tampa during 1992: 9,864

Number of violent crimes in Tampa, 1993: 9,379

Number of violent crimes in Tampa, 1994: 10,262

Number of violent crimes in Tampa last year: 8,556

Percentage of traffic accidents in Hillsborough County that are alcohol-related: 10.7

Percentage of traffic accidents statewide that are alcohol-related: 12.1

Estimated average room rate, per night, for Tampa Bay hotels: $79

Estimated average room rate, per night, for hotels nationwide: $88.10


Sources for Quality of Life Index

MANATEES, DOLPHINS AND BOATS: "Charting the Course for Tampa Bay," January 1996, a draft report from the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program.

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

ALCOHOL-RELATED ACCIDENTS: 1995 Florida Statistical Abstract, published by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, College of Business Administration, University of Florida. The abstract cites as its source the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of the Highway Patrol report, "Florida Traffic Crash Facts, 1994."

HOTEL ROOM RATES: Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28, citing statistics from PKF Consulting.