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

Acres of Hillsborough County land classified as forest in 1980: 145,958

Acres of Hillsborough land classified as forest in 1994: 122,579

Percentage of visitors to the Florida Aquarium who come from outside Hillsborough County: 86

Percentage decrease in sales at meat markets in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1996: -1.9

Percentage increase in sales at fruit and vegetable markets in Hillsborough, 1994 to 1996: +27.2

Number of cases of gonorrhea reported in Hillsborough County in 1995: 1,833

Cases of gonorrhea in Hillsborough in 1996: 1,573

Increase, in percent, in the number of bankruptcies filed nationwide last year: 35

Increase, in percent, in the number of bankruptcies in Florida last year: 34

Increase, in percent, in the number of bankruptcies filed in the Tampa Bay area last year: 32


FOREST: "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. The report is modeled on a similar statewide report and is designed to measure Hillsborough's status in seven different areas. The information was gathered from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 1996.

AQUARIUM VISITORS: Florida Aquarium guest survey conducted in October, November and December 1996 by Phil Balducci & Associates of Tampa. The survey has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 5 percent.

SALES OF MEAT AND VEGETABLES: Florida Department of Revenue. Meat market total sales in Hillsborough dropped from $173-million in 1994 to $169.7-million in 1996. At the same time, total sales at fruit and vegetable markets rose from $13-million to $16.6-million.

GONORRHEA CASES: "The Florida AIDS, STD and TB Monthly Surveillance Report," January 1997, published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, State Health Office, Office of Disease Intervention.

BANKRUPTCIES: Staff report, using information from CDB Infotek of Santa Ana, Calif., and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa. Tampa's bankruptcy court saw 18,188 cases filed last year, with 14,524 being debt liquidations.