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My DB has fields that primarily record numeric values. 

I've noticed that a NUMBER in a VARCHAR field is aligned to the right and will hold decimal places, and a

SMALLINT seems to align left and strip whole numbers to the bare digit (eg.: 4.0 is held to 4).


What's the best way for me to store values, if I want them to hold at least ONE decimal place (so that whole numbers line up EVENLY with fractions:



2.0 etc?


Is there a way to "adjust" a setting within MySQL?  Or in the query that pulls the info?

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