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

Percentage of visitors to the Florida Aquarium surveyed during October, November and December who said the aquarium should lower its price of admission: 9

Percentage of aquarium visitors surveyed who used a coupon or discount to get into the aquarium: 55

Number of young criminal suspects booked at Hillsborough County's Juvenile Assessment Center in April 1996: 792

Number of those juvenile delinquents associated with gangs: 20

Number associated with satanic cults: 1

Percentage of Tampa Bay area executives who expect to hire more employees this year: 58

Percentage of local executives who expect to reduce their work forces this year: 3

Percentage who expect to keep their payrolls as is this year: 39

Sales at hat shops in Hillsborough County, 1994: $358,496

Sales at hat shops in Hillsborough, 1996: $949,104

Sources for Index

Florida Aquarium: The Florida Aquarium Guest Survey for the fourth quarter of 1996, prepared by Phil Balducci and Associates of Tampa.

Juvenile delinquents: Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center summary of delinquent youths processed at the center for April 1996, the most recent month for which statistics are available.

Business outlook: Seventh annual Times poll of Tampa Bay business leaders. The poll was conducted in early January by the Times' research division. Pollsters contacted 332 executives. A total of 203 responded.

Hat sales: Florida Department of Revenue.