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

Hillsborough County's rank among all Florida counties for the number of indoor marijuana-growing operations shut down by police last year: 5th

Number of special wishes granted to terminally ill children by the Tampa-based Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sarasota/Tampa Bay in 1993: 11

Number of wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation last year: 68

Next to Mickey Mouse, rank of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan among celebrities requested by children in the Make-A-Wish program: 1st

Hillsborough County's population in 1990: 834,054

Hillsborough's estimated population as of April 1, 1996: 910,855

Number of cattle in Hillsborough County in 1991: 70,000

Cattle in Hillsborough in 1996: 76,000

Hillsborough's rank among Florida's 67 counties in the number of cattle raised here: 9th

Increase in hotel occupancy in Hillsborough County, 1995 to 1996: +7.5

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Indoor pot: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Make-A-Wish: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sarasota/Tampa Bay, which serves seven counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Most of its clients come from Hillsborough and Pinellas.

Population: "1996 Estimates of Population," a report of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida.

Cattle: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hotel occupancy: Tampa/Hillsborough Convention and Visitors Association.