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Metropolis / Stats

Under 18 in Los Angeles County

April 22, 2001

SAG members, as of March 2001

about 6,100

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Boy Scouts

2000: 54,843

1996: 55,168

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Girl Scouts

2000: 43,930

1996: 36,295

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American Youth Soccer Organization players, as of March 2001

51,337

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SAT I tests taken

2000: 42,035

1999: 41,135

1998: 38,857

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Public school students in Advanced Placement testing

1999-'00: 30,936

1998-'99: 32,553

1997-'98: 28,173

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Public school dropouts, grades 9-12

1998-'99: 15,761

1995-'96: 22,858

1991-'92: 30,649

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Public high school graduates meeting UC/CSU admissions requirements

1998-' 99: 28,666

1988-' 89: 21,820

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Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, public schools, grades K-12

1999-' 00: 1,001,239 / 61.3%

1998-' 99: 982,526 / 61%

1997-' 98: 937,003 / 59.3%

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Students per computer, public schools, grades K-12

1999-' 00: 9.4

1998-' 99: 10.6

1997-' 98: 12.4

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Classrooms connected to the Internet, public schools, grades K-12

1999-'00: 25,077

1997-'98: 8,084

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Number of public schools, grades K-12

1999-' 00 : 1,769

1981-' 82: 1,758

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Private schools with 6 or more enrolled students, grades K-12

1999-' 00: 1,328

1990-' 91: 1,201

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Children detained in county juvenile halls

Feb. 1, 2000: 1,733

Feb. 1, 1995: 1,991

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Beds in county juvenile halls, as of March 2001

1,936

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Children under age 18 in out-of-home placement (foster care), as of Dec. 31, 2000

33,364

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Suicides, persons under age 18

1999: 33

1995: 43

1991: 36

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The remaining figures are based on a survey of 1,000 Los Angeles County teenagers, 14-18, completed Feb. 1, 2001, by the look-look youth market research firm based in Hollywood.

Magazines read per month

None: 13.9%

1-2: 45.5%

3-5: 34.7%

6-10: 5%

More than 10: 1%

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Books

Don't read books: 9.9%

1-2 per year: 15.8%

Every few months: 29.7%

Monthly: 26.7%

Weekly: 17.8%

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Hours spent watching television per week

Less than an hour: 9.1%

1-2: 13.3%

3-5: 25.7%

6-1 : 27%

11-15: 11.6%

16-20: 7.5%

21-30: 2.5%

More than 30: 3.3%

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Movies

Never: 0.4%

Rarely: 4.6%

Several times per year: 4.6%

Every other month: 14.5%

Once a month: 22%

Twice a month: 32.8%

Weekly: 19.8%

Several times per week: 1.7%

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Video games

Never: 17.6%

Couple times per year: 29.9%

Couple times per month: 26.6%

1-2 hours per week: 9.6%

3-5 hours per week: 7%

6-10 hours per week: 5%

11-15 hours per week: 2%

More than 20 hours per week: 2.3%

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Sources: Screen Actors Guild, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, American Youth Soccer Organization, the College Board, California Department of Education, Los Angeles County Detention Services Bureau, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Los geles County coroner's office, look-look, Claritas.

Compiled by Connie Sung

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