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

Fog-related traffic accidents in Hillsborough County, 1995: 36

Fog-related traffic accidents in Hillsborough County, January through August of 1996: 63

Rank of Dodge Caravans among the cars stolen the most often in Tampa-St. Petersburg area: 1st

Number of visitors to Tampa's Busch Gardens during 1996: 4.1-million

Rank of Busch Gardens among the top amusement and theme parks in the nation: 8th

Number of Orlando area attractions ranked higher on the list of top parks than Busch Gardens: 5

Revenues to the Tampa Police Department property room from currency seized during 1994: $281,204

Tampa Police Department revenues from seized currency in 1995: $700,162

Average annual change, in percent, in home values in Tampa, 1990 to 1995: +2.7

Average change, in percent, in home values in Tampa from 1995 to 1996: +1.7

Sources for Quality

of Life Index, 1B

Fog-related crashes: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Dodge Caravan: Consumer Reports, January 1997. Among car thieves, the Honda Accord ranks first in Los Angeles, New York, Washington and Miami; Chevolet pickup trucks are preferred by thieves in Houston, Dallas and Phoenix; and Oldsmobile Cutlasses are first in Chicago, Atlanta and New Orleans.

Theme parks: Amusement Business.

Seized cash: Dec. 17 city of Tampa audit of the Tampa Police Department Property Room.

Home values: Dec. 31 report from Experian, a nationwide real estate information company, which was formerly TRW Information Systems and Services and TRW REDI. Overall, home values in the U.S. rose an annual 0.6 percent from 1990 to 1995 and 0.7 percent from 1995 to 1996.