Florida public libraries

Another post commenting on Chapter 20 of Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four (2012-13)–now available as a $9.99 Kindle ebook or $21.95 paperback, with ISBN 978-1481279161, on Amazon, along with the usual Lulu options.

Like California (but more so), Florida has relatively few libraries and systems for its population: 80 (all in the tables, none omitted). Funding tends toward the low side, with only 5% in the top two brackets and 21% in the top four, compared to 30% in the bottom two brackets and 59% in the bottom four. Similarly, circulation per capita tends toward the low side, with only 11% having at least 10 circ per capita (38% overall)—and patron visits are similar, with 20% having six or more (42% overall). I could say that it’s noteworthy that the median circulation for libraries in the highest spending bracket is nearly twice that of the second highest—but with only two libraries in each of those two brackets, that’s not especially meaningful (although those are the only brackets where even the 75%ile is at least 10 circ per capita). Program attendance is quite low, with 65% having less than 0.3 attendance per capita (compared to 46% overall). The same goes for PC use: 16% with at least 1.7 uses per capita, compared to 30% overall.

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count %
1,650-2,249

1

1.3%

3,000-3,999

1

1.3%

4,000-5,299

1

1.3%

5,300-6,799

1

1.3%

6,800-8,699

1

1.3%

8,700-11,099

3

3.8%

11,100-14,099

2

2.5%

14,100-18,499

4

5.0%

18,500-24,999

4

5.0%

25,000-34,499

2

2.5%

34,500-53,999

8

10.0%

54,000-104,999

16

20.0%

105,000-4.1 mill.

36

45.0%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates very strongly (0.75) with spending per capita

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

 

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