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

Rank of Hillsborough County among all 3,151 counties in the United States in terms of the number of chickens of egg-laying age: 25th

Hillsborough's rank among U.S. counties in the value of vegetables sold: 22nd

Hillsborough's rank among U.S. counties in the value of farm products sold directly to buyers for human consumption: 20th

Total number of households in Hillsborough County: 351,104

Number of those households with annual incomes of $100,000 or more: 20,229

Number of AIDS cases reported per 100,000 people in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area from mid-1994 to mid-1995: 38

AIDS cases reported per 100,000 people in the Tampa area from mid-1995 to mid-1996: 34.6

AIDS cases per 100,000 people in metropolitan areas nationwide from mid-1995 to mid-1996: 36.1

Amount of rain, in inches, dumped on the Tampa Bay area by Tropical Storm Josephine from midnight Oct. 7 through midnight Oct. 8: 2.3

Percentage of Hillsborough County's college-bound seniors who plan to attend the University of South Florida: 23.8

Percentage of Hillsborough's college-bound seniors who plan to attend Hillsborough Community College: 20

Percentage of Hillsborough's college-bound seniors who plan to attend the University of Florida: 11.3

Sources for Quality of Life Index

Hillsborough agriculture: "The Contribution of Agribusiness to Hillsborough County, Florida," September 1996 report prepared for the Hillsborough County Agricultural Task Force by Farming for the Future Inc., of Boca Raton.

Hillsborough's most important crops are strawberries and tomatoes. Others grown locally include green peppers, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, snapbeans, okra, eggplant and watermelon.

Wealthy households: Florida Trend, October 1996, citing as its sources Northern Trust Bank of Florida, based on internal and external sources including U.S. Census data and projections.

AIDS: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tropical Storm Josephine: Water Management Monthly, October 1996, a publication of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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. Of those responding, 74 percent said they had applied to a post-secondary institution.

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