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

Increase, in percent, in the overall number of traffic accidents with injuries in unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: +2

Decrease, in percent, in the number of pedestrians injured in traffic accidents in unincorporated Hillsborough, 1994 to 1995: -32

Total number of elementary school students who received out-of-school suspensions from Hillsborough County schools last year: 4,815

Number of middle school students suspended from Hillsborough schools last year: 14,793

Number of high school students suspended last year: 8,575

Increase, in percent, in the number of people employed in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: +4.8

Increase, in percent, in the number of people employed statewide, 1994 to 1995: +3.9

Percentage of Tampa Bay's seagrasses that show little or no damage from boat propellers: 40

Percentage of Tampa Bay's seagrasses that are moderately to heavily scarred by boat propellers: 27

Rank of Bern's Steak House on the Wine Spectator's list of the top 10 steakhouses in the U.S. that also offer excellent wine selections: 1

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from SUSAN CLARY, BARBARA HIJEK and JANET SHELTON ROGERS.

Sources

Traffic accidents: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Traffic Accident Reporting System, Summary Report for Unincorporated Locations: 1995, Executive Summary. The total number of crashes involving injuries rose from 3,447 to 3,514. The number of pedestrians injured dropped from 234 to 158.

Suspensions: Hillsborough County School District.

Employment: "1995 Economic and Demographic Summary," a March 1996 report by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. The number of people in wage and salary employment rose by 22,603 last year to 490,757. Statewide, the number of people with jobs rose 224,941 to a total of more than 6-million.

Seagrasses: "Charting the Course for Tampa Bay," January 1996, a draft report from the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Only the Florida Keys have a larger percentage of seagrasses moderately to heavily damaged by boat propellers.

Bern's: March 31, 1996 edition of the Wine Spectator.

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