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While there are many things that make a city liveable, their order of priority is different for everyone. There are several 'Liveability Indexes' that exist, but none that weigh the things that Australians prioritise with hard data.

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While hard data is essential for the comparison of states and cities, empirical data is invaluable for capturing the sentiment and opinion of a city’s residents. Australia’s Best City, along with its parent company ipData, conducts numerous surveys on a wide range of topics to ensure that the database remains up-to-date, representative, and relevant.

Survey responses also help shape policy and company decisions by contributing to reports and in-depth analysis that Australia’s Best City, and parent company ipData, conducts on their behalf.

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Featured Facts

Average annual morning relative humidity

This FACT indicates the average annual morning relative humidity measured at 9am in each Australian city between the years 1981 and 2010. The relative humidity measures the amount of water vapour in the air as a percentage of the maximum water vapour the air can hold. Therefore relative humidity is measured as a percentage. A relative humidity reading of 100% means that the air is completely saturated with water and cannot hold anymore. Relative humidity near the ground could be much less, therefore there does not need to be a reading of 100% for it to be raining. Rather surprisingly, the city with the highest average humidity is Canberra, at 73 percent. The city with the lowest is tied between Adelaide and Perth, at 62 percent.

Cargo discharged including imports per 100,000 persons (tonnes)

This FACT indicates the amount of cargo that is discharged in each Australian city, as a proportion of population. This number is represented in thousands.

The city with the highest number of tonnes discharged per person is the Darwin with 4,478,130 (per 100,000 people). The city with the lowest was Hobart with 425.220 tonnes per 100,000 people.

How many Australians play some sport? (15 years & over)(Regional)

Australians take sport seriously, and many are passionate supporters of sporting teams. But how often do they engage in physical activity themselves? This FACT indicates the participation rates in sport and recreation in each state and territory, for people aged 15 years and older 2011-2012.  This FACT also appears in the Sport category.

Participating in organised physical activities is an important element of staying healthy, and contributes to well connected communities and a healthy work-life balance amongst individuals. Particularly in Australia, one of the fattest nations in the developed world, engagement in physical activity is a powerful and important measure to combat the obesity epidemic.

The state with the highest rates of adult participation in sports and recreation is the Australian Capital Territory with 80 percent of people over 15 engaging in at least some physical activity. The state with the lowest is Queensland, with 61.9 percent.

Median weekly house rental prices across Australia

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Australia? Unsurprisingly, this number varies dramatically depending on size and suburb, and there is also great disparity between cities. This FACT indicates the median rental rate for a house in each Australian capital city. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set. The median value is the middle price in a series of sales, where half of the sales are of lower value and half are of higher value. Here, all house types and sizes have been considered. The data represents the statistics for the July Quarter in 2015. In Australia, rent and mortgage repayments are generally calculated in weekly instalments, and so the data here represents weekly repayments.

The city with the highest rental prices is Sydney with an average of $592 per week. Hobart has the lowest at $336 per week.

Total passenger kilometres travelled per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the total number of passenger kilometres travelled in a private vehicles per 100,000 persons in each Australian city from the year 2011 to 2012. Statistics are represented in billions. The city with the highest passenger kilometres per 100,000 people was the Canberra with 1.45 billion per 1,000,000 people. This is an interesting statistic, given that Canberrans spent the third least amount of time commuting to and from work. This implies Canberra is a spread out city and highly reliant on private vehicle travel. The city with the lowest total passenger kilometres was Hobart at 511 million kilometres per 100,000 people.

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