Quality of life index

Published May 21, 2007

$5.85-billion Total impact of the University of Florida on the state's annual economy during the fiscal year 2005-06

74, 894 Number of jobs the University of Florida was responsible for creating

3.5-million Number of visitors to the university's campus facilities and academic events in 2005-06

1-million Number of visitors to the university's athletic events that year

$3.95-billion Total revenue to the school and its affiliated organizations during that time

45 Percentage of that revenue that can be chalked up to health care services, including Shands Hospital, the school's biggest single source of revenue

3.9 Percentage of that revenue made up of student tuition and fees

$4.35-billion Total spending by the university, its affiliated organizations, students and visitors during that time

40.5 Percentage of those expenditures that can be chalked up to health care, the biggest single cost

$32.66-million Total spending at Gator football games in that time

Compiled by Jay Cridlin.

Source: University of Florida


"Developers ... don't want to pay for transportation concurrency. The don't want to pay for school concurrency. They don't want to pay for stormwater concurrency. Now they want to be relieved from wetlands mitigation."

Ronda Storms, a former county commissioner, now state Senator from Valrico, urging current commissioner to preserve the power of Hillsborough County's Environmental Protection Commission to protect wetlands threatened by development.

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Ralphy Adelson, valedictorian of Middleton High School, at a dinner and ceremony honoring the scholastic achievement of students from some of Hillsborough's poorest neighborhoods. He's going to study biology at the University of Florida.