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

Hillsborough County's rank among Florida's 67 counties as the most expensive place to live when it comes to the cost of food, housing, clothing, transportation, health care, recreation and services: 8th

Percentage of graduating Hillsborough seniors who said in a recent survey that they planned to go to college: 74

Percentage of those college-bound seniors who plan to attend a four-year college or university: 70.6

Percentage of Hillsborough's college-bound seniors who plan to continue their education in Florida: 83.8

Increase, in percent, in all taxable sales in the Tampa area, May 1995 to May 1996: +1.3

Increase, in percent, in all taxable sales statewide, May 1995 to May 1996: +5.1

Number of farms in Hillsborough County in 1959: 3,439

Average size of farms, in acres, in Hillsborough in 1959: 224

Number of farms in Hillsborough today: 2,760

Average size of farms, in acres, in Hillsborough today: 96

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Cost of living: Kiplinger's Florida Business Letter, May 29, 1996, citing as its source the 1995 Florida Price Level Index, which is produced by the Florida Department of Education.

Graduating seniors: Nov. 19 report from School Superintendent Earl J. Lennard to the Hillsborough County School Board on the school district's 1995-96 senior graduation survey.

A total of 4,922 seniors, or about 85.2 percent of the total, responded to the survey.

Sales taxes: "Florida Monthly Economic Report," August 1996, published by the Economic and Demographic Research Division of the state's Joint Legislative Management Committee.

The Tampa area had total taxable sales of $2.033-billion in May. Statewide total taxable sales topped $15.1-billion.

Hillsborough agriculture: "The Contribution of Agribusiness to Hillsborough County, Florida," a September 1996 report prepared for the Hillsborough County Agricultural Task Force by Farming for the Future Inc., of Boca Raton. The report's project director and writer was Craig Evans, and its researcher and analyst was Jean McGuire.

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