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

Percentage of Tampa residents who have a four-year college degree: 16.1

Average percentage of persons who have a four-year college degree in a survey of 23 major U.S. cities: 22.3

Number of U.S. cities in that survey with a lower percentage of college graduates than Tampa: 0

Number of juvenile delinquents booked at Hillsborough County's Juvenile Assessment Center during January: 789

Percentage of those youths who had been brought to the center for at least one previous offense: 60

Percentage of the juveniles who already had passed through the center at least four times already: 22

Amount budgeted for renting portable toilets to be used at this year's Guavaween: $4,000

Amount budgeted to wash Ybor City's sidewalks after Guavaween: $1,500

Infant deaths per 1,000 births in Hillsborough County, January through June: 10

Infant deaths per 1,000 births statewide during the first six months of this year: 7.5

Estimated amount of money that Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa spent preparing for and cleaning up from Tropical Storm Josephine: $180,500

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

College graduates: The Montreal Gazette, Sept. 28, reporting on a survey by Universite de Montreal economist Fernand Martin.

The survey looked at 26 cities overall _ 23 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Tampa was ranked lowest in the U.S. sample, but had a higher percentage of college graduates than both Montreal's 13.9 percent and Vancouver's 15 percent.

Washington, D.C., led the rankings with the highest percentage of residents with college degrees, almost 35.2 percent.

Juvenile delinquents: Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center summary of delinquent youths processed at the center for January 1996, the most recent month for which statistics are available.

The summary indicates that 19 percent were being registered at the assessment center for the second time, 12 percent for the third time and 7 percent for the fourth time.

Guavaween: City of Tampa.

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

Tropical Storm Josephine: Oct. 14 memo by Hillsborough County emergency planning and operations director Larry Gispert.