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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 weekly household expenditure on goods & services (dollars)

This FACT indicates the total household expenditure on goods and services over a week in each city. While housing comprises the largest proportion of household expenditure, there are other costs of living which influence the affordability of cities. The ABS Household Expenditure Survey, conducted every five years, collects information on household expenditure on housing, transport, energy, water and a range of consumer goods and services. This is an important source of information, and affords important insight into the cost of living in each city.

Data from the 2009 & 2010 survey shows that Canberra households spend the most on goods and services in Australia, the average expenditure per household totalling $1,321a week. The city with the lowest is Adelaide with $1,128 per week. This point makes it an interesting destination for thrifty and financially savvy travellers, and partly explains the increasing interest in Adelaide as an Australian holiday destination.

Another point of interest is the rising cost of living in each of the Australian cities: between 1998 and 2010, household expenditure in Canberra has increased more than any other capital.  Household expenditure in Brisbane and Perth is now equivalent to that of Sydney and Melbourne, also demonstrating a large increase in cost.

Number of admissions from waiting lists for plastic surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of admissions from waiting lists for plastic surgery in each state between 2013 and 2014. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Hospital admissions for elective surgery in Australia have increased over the last few years by as much as 2.9% each year on average. Between 2008 and 2013, admissions from waiting lists increased in every state and territory except for Tasmania. The state/territory with the highest admission is Victoria at 18250. The state/territory with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 286.

Number of motor vehicle registrations in Australia (millions)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of motor vehicle registrations in each Australian state and territory in 2013, and is represented in millions. The number of registrations indicates the number of vehicles in each state.

The state with the highest number of motor vehicle registrations is New South Wales and consequently the state with the highest population, at 4.985 million. The territory with the least registered vehicles is the Northern Territory, at .149 million.

Percentage of people who increased personal water usage

While  Australians are conscious of their water usage and have made great efforts to reduce their consumption, there is still a fluctuation from year to year, as temperatures and rainfall influence usage.     This FACT indicates the percentage of people who increased their personal water use between 2007 and 2008.

This information was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report.The city with the highest increase was Perth, with 8 percent. The city with the smallest increase was Brisbane with 2 percent. Data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.

Summer sunshine hours per day

This FACT indicates the number of summertime sunshine hours per day of each capital city. Nearly all of Australia enjoys high sunshine hours, although geographical location and distance from the equator mean that there is a marked difference between cities and their sunshine hours. The city with the highest summer sunshine hours per day is Perth at 11, followed by Adelaide with 9. The lowest summer sunshine hours are equally split between Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, at just under 8 hours per day. Data for Darwin and Hobart data could not be obtained.

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