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

Average teacher salary in Hillsborough County during the 1996-97 school year: $32,567

Average teacher salary statewide during the 1995-96 school year: $33,885

Average teacher salary nationwide in 1995: $37,400

Average daily number of flights out of Tampa International Airport in 1993: 229

Average daily number of flights out of Tampa International Airport in 1996: 277

Number of calls the Tampa Fire Department responded to in 1996: 57,300

Percentage increase in calls to the Tampa Fire Department, 1995 to 1996: +5

Percentage increase in calls to the Fire Department, 1986 to 1996: +215

Percentage of babies born statewide in 1996 whose mothers were not married: 35.8

Percentage of babies born in Hillsborough County during 1996 whose mothers were not married: 37.2

Percentage of juvenile delinquents arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center who live with their mother but no other adult: 40

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Teacher salaries: Florida Department of Education; U.S. Department of Education Report, "Findings from the Condition of Education 1996: Teachers' Working Conditions."

Flights out of Tampa International Airport: Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

Emergency calls: Tampa Fire Department.

Births out of wedlock: Vital News, March 1997 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics.

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

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