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I have list of values in a report used to highlight demographic information. For dollar values, should I capitalize the word "Billion", or leave it lower case?

Here's a sample:

Appraised Value: $4.8 Billion

  • Agriculture $0.1 Billion
  • Residential $3.3 Billion
  • Commercial $1.1 Billion
  • Other $0.3 Billion
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In general text, I would use lower case. In a title, I would use capital. Which do you consider this to be? –  GEdgar Feb 4 '13 at 21:55
    
@GEdgar, your comment was helpful in getting me to think through what I was trying to accomplish. If you make it an answer, I'll accept it. Thanks –  David0044 Feb 20 '13 at 12:57
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In general text, I would use lower case. In a title, I would use capital. Which do you consider this to be?

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Thanks for the in-sight. Since these highlights are sentence fragments to begin with, I didn't think traditional grammar would have a direct answer. I do like framing them in terms of general grammar "types", and using that as a guide. In the end, they'll be more like general text in a bulleted list, and I'm going to leave them lower case. –  David0044 Feb 20 '13 at 17:14
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Why would you put it in title case? What makes the word billion a proper noun? Those are rhetorical questions. Your bullets should look like this:

Agriculture: $0.1 billion

Residential: $3.3 billion

Commercial: $1.1 billion

Other: $0.3 billion

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Welcome to EL&U. This answer would be a lot more useful if there was less rhetoric, and more references. –  theUg Feb 5 '13 at 4:35
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