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

Percentage of kindergarten classes in Hillsborough County with 30 or fewer students: 19.7

Percentage of kindergarten classes statewide with 30 or fewer students: 11.3

Sales at pawn shops in Hillsborough County last year: $12.1-million

Sales at pawn shops in Hillsborough two years ago: $14.1-million

Miles of sidewalks in the city of Tampa, 1989: 812

Miles of sidewalks in the city of Tampa, 1995: 840

Percentage of visitors to the Florida Aquarium who say they plan to visit the aquarium again this year: 14

Percentage of aquarium visitors who say they'll return next year: 25

Percentage of aquarium visitors who don't plan to go back: 15

Approximate number of new students to Hillsborough County's public school system during the past two years: 8,500

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Kindergarten class size: Florida Department of Education.

Pawn shop sales: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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

Florida Aquarium: Results of 2,580 surveys completed by visitors to the Florida Aquarium from August 1995 to this July. About half the survey's respondents said they didn't know when they'd return to the aquarium.

New students: Hillsborough County School Superintendent Earl Lennard in remarks to the Tampa City Council last week.

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