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

Average estimated evacuation time, in hours, for people living in Tampa Bay's high hazard coastal areas in the event of a major hurricane: 17

Deficit in the number of shelter spaces available in Tampa Bay for evacuees: 113,919

People working in downtown Tampa in 1989: 25,476

People working downtown in 1995: 28,645

Rate of births per 1,000 unmarried teens in Hillsborough County: 22

Rate of births per 1,000 unmarried teens statewide: 19.9

Average score, on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the highest score, for Hillsborough County's eighth-graders on last year's Florida Writing Assessment test: 3.2

Average score on the writing test for Hillsborough's eighth-graders this year: 3.7

Average score for eighth-graders statewide this year: 3.5

Species of birds associated with marine habitats found in Tampa Bay: 83

Index sources

Evacuation time and shelter space: "The Florida Benchmarks Report," completed in February 1996 by the Florida Commission on Government Accountability to the People.

Downtown work force: "Evaluation and Appraisal Report, Tampa Comprehensive Plan," a June 13 report of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission.

Births to unmarried teens: "Fatherless Florida: A State at Risk," a June report of the Florida Family Council. Established in 1991 and based in Tampa, the council is a statewide, independent, non-profit research and education association.

Writing scores: Florida Writing Assessment Program.

Birds: "Navigation Study for Tampa Harbor _ Big Bend Channel _ 10128, Draft, Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment," a June 1996 report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.