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

Number of write-in votes cast in Hillsborough County for consumer advocate and Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader: 490

Write-in votes cast in Hillsborough for physics professor and Natural Law candidate John Hagelin: 21

Write-in votes for special education teacher and Socialist Party USA candidate Mary Cal Hollis: 1

Write-in votes for James Edward Harris, a Hormel meat packer running on the Socialist Workers ticket: 1

Voter turnout, in percent, in Hillsborough County for the presidential election of 1984: 78.4

Voter turnout, in percent, in Hillsborough in 1988: 77.2

In 1992: 85.2

In 1996: 68.3

Reduction, in percent, in the number of acres planted with tomatoes in the Ruskin area last winter: -8.4

Percentage of juveniles arrested in Hillsborough County in February, the most recent month for which statistics are available, who were charged with property offenses such as larceny, burglary and car theft: 51

Percentage charged with drug-related crimes: 20

Percentage charged with violent crimes: 11

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Write-in votes and presidential election turnout: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Tomatoes: Florida Trend, October 1996, citing as its source the Florida Department of Agriculture. The magazine reported that Dade County saw a 16 percent drop in tomato acreage and, overall, Florida's East Coast saw a 26 percent reduction.

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