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

Percentage of families with children in Hillsborough County that are headed by one parent: 18.7

Percentage of children in Hillsborough who live in families headed by one parent: 25.1

Percentage of single-parent families in Hillsborough headed by a woman: 81.4

Ratio of handicapped parking spaces to metered parking spaces required by Florida law: 150-to-1

Ratio of handicapped parking spaces to metered parking spaces in Tampa: 60-to-1

Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births to non-white mothers statewide: 12.9

Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births to non-white mothers in Hillsborough County: 19.4

Rank of Hillsborough County among all 3,151 counties in the U.S. in the value of livestock and livestock products sold by its ranchers: 11th

Decrease, in feet, in the average level of lakes _ a key indicator of longterm hydrological trends _ around the Tampa Bay area from October to November: -.36

Number of feet during November that lake levels in Tampa Bay were below the lowest level lakes should reach during a year of normal rainfall: -.08

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Single-parent families: "Hillsborough Tomorrow, Today Vision, Tomorrow Reality: The Hillsborough County Benchmarks Report," a December 1996 report produced jointly by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the University of South Florida Center of Design and Research.

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Handicapped parking: City of Tampa parking manager Gene Bressler.

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Infant deaths: Vital News, December 1996 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics. The statistics here cover the months from January through September of 1996.

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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 report's project director and writer was Craig Evans, and its researcher and analyst was Jean McGuire.

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Lake levels: Water Management Monthly, December 1996, a publication of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.