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

Number of residential building permits issued in Hillsborough County, January through March: 2,642

Residential building permits issued countywide during the first three months of 1995: 2,552

The last year when as many building permits were issued during a three-month period: 1987

Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births in Hillsborough County, January through March: 12.1

Infant deaths per 1,000 births statewide during the first three months of the year: 7.2

Increase, in percent, in the amount of energy needed for cooling and heating the average Tampa house, this year versus normal: +2.5

Increase, in percent, in the amount of energy needed for cooling and heating by the average household nationwide, this year versus normal: +7.7

Number of dropouts per 1,000 high school students in Hillsborough County: 40

Number of dropouts per 1,000 high school students statewide: 53

Number of existing single-family homes sold in the Tampa metropolitan area during June: 2,411

Number of existing single-family homes sold in the Tampa metro area in June 1995: 2,599

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON

Index sources

Building permits: Partners in Planning, June 1996, a building permit report by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission.

Infant deaths: Vital News, July 1996 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics.

Energy used in heating and cooling: The CNG Energy Index, a measure of residential heating and cooling requirements. The index is done by CNG Energy Services Corp. and takes into account daily weather conditions and other factors.

High school drop-outs: "Fatherless Florida: A State at Risk," a June report of the Florida Family Council of Tampa, a statewide, independent, non-profit research and education association.

Home sales: Florida Association of Realtors and the University of Florida's Real Estate Research Center. The Tampa metropolitan area includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The area's 7-percent drop in home resales from June 1995 to June 1996 is greater than the statewide drop of 3 percent.

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