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

Number of Hillsborough County households per 1,000 that receive public assistance: 61

Number of households per 1,000 statewide that receive public assistance: 76

Number of juveniles in Tampa who were victims of crime between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during 1994: 1,700

Number of juveniles in Tampa who were victims of crime between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during 1995: 2,149

Estimated annual sales of exotic birds raised in Hillsborough County: $25-million

Estimated annual sales of "non-traditional" agricultural products, including exotic birds, bees, reptiles and deer for venison, in Hillsborough: $52-million

Increase, in percent, in the number of jobs in the Tampa metro area, January 1990 to July 1996: +19

Estimated value of taxable property in the city of Tampa this year: $9.84-billion

Projected value of taxable property in Tampa next year: $9.77-billion

Average level of overall satisfaction, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest score, of Tampa police officers in a recent morale survey of 646 officers: 7.3

What police officers said their level of satisfaction would be, on the same scale, if they had take-home police cars again: 8.3

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Public assistance: "Fatherless Florida: A State at Risk," a June report of the Florida Family Council. Established in 1991 and based in Tampa, the council is a statewide, independent, non-profit research and education association. The report cites the U.S. Census Bureau as its source.

Juvenile crime victims: June 26 Report by the Tampa Police Department Administrative Division, Services Bureau.

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.

The figure for non-traditional farm products was from 1991, the most recent year available, and was expected to rise as new statistics became available.

Job creation: Oct. 21 edition of Forbes magazine. The magazine said an area's job-creation depended in large part on the cost of doing business, based on local taxes, labor and energy costs and office rents. The Tampa metro area includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Property value in Tampa: City of Tampa annual budget for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1997.

Take-home cars: Sept. 30 letter to Chief Bennie Holder from Police Department psychologist Vincent P. Skotko. The 7.3 level of satisfaction corresponds with a "somewhat satisfied" rating. An 8.3 rating would be close to "extremely satisfied."