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

Percentage of Hillsborough County's public high school students who plan to continue their education at a college or university: 39

Percentage of Hillsborough high school students who plan to go to a Florida community college: 22

Percentage of Hillsborough high school students who plan to pursue technical education or go to trade school: 6

Percentage of Hillsborough high school students who do not plan to continue their education beyond high school: 33

Of Hillsborough County's 10 largest employers, the number that are public agencies or arms of local, state or federal government: 7

Number that are grocery store chains: 2

AIDS cases in Hillsborough County per 100,000 residents: 490.4

AIDS cases statewide per 100,000 residents: 541.1

Average number of gallons of drinking water delivered by Hillsborough County's water system every day during 1996: 32-million

Average number of gallons of sewage collected and processed by Hillsborough County's sewer system each day: 24-million

SOURCES

High school students: Statistical Briefs, Florida Department of Education, Florida Public High School Graduates, 1995-96.

Top 10 employers: Staff report. Hillsborough's top employers in 1996 were the Hillsborough County School Board (21,800 employees); GTE Florida (9,100 employees); Hillsborough County government (8,860 employees); Tampa International Airport (6,040 employees); the University of South Florida (5,020 employees); the city of Tampa (4,600 employees); MacDill Air Force Base (4,380 employees), Publix (4,060 employees); Tampa General Hospital (3,800 employees) and Kash n' Karry (3,290 employees).

AIDS 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.

Water, fresh and otherwise: Hillsborough County Commission "State of the County 1997" report.

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