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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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Australia's youngest city

This FACT indicates the percentage of people aged between 10-24 years in each city. It summates the total number of people within those age groups and divides them against the total population. According the 2011 ABS Census, the city with the highest percentage of young residents in this age group is Darwin, at 21.35 percent. The city with the least number of young residents is Sydney, at 19.42 percent.

How many tourists are there in each Australian city? (thousands)

As an island-continent, tracking the number of foreign visitors to and around Australia is relatively simpler than other nations with bordering countries, as movements of passengers are easier to monitor. Australia, with its diverse landscapes, agreeable climate and positive reputation as an international tourist destination makes for a robust tourism industry that fuels local and national economies.This FACT indicates the number of tourists (departures from the city of longest stay) for each of the Australian capital cities. This data is represented in thousands.

These figures relate to the number of domestic journeys each traveller makes, rather than the number of travellers. This affords a better insight into the number of tourists in each city, or the most popular cites with tourists, and not the number of travellers to Australia as a whole. The ABS statistics makes sure to exclude the movements of operational air and ship crew, transit passengers who pass through Australia but are not cleared for entry, passengers on pleasure cruises commencing and finishing in Australia, and unauthorised arrivals.

According to the ABS data from 2012-13, the capital city with the highest number of tourists is - unsurprisingly - Sydney, with 2,239,100 tourists in 2011. The city with the lowest number of tourists is Hobart, which may partly be explained by its geographical location, with 54,500 in the same year.

State and Territory government expenditure on film and video production (millions)(Regional)

This FACT compares the financial support for film and video production from State and Territory Governments for the year 2012-2013. This includes the production or post-production of films, videos or other media containing moving images, the acquisition of distribution rights and the distribution of films and video productions for exhibition to motion picture theatres, television networks and stations and to other businesses for hire, sale or resale. Figures are expressed as millions of dollars.

Unemployment Rate (Regional)

Finding and keeping a job is a frequent topic of discussion across all industries and communities. The majority of Australians have a positive professional narrative, with unemployment rates across the country relatively low, particularly when compared to international standards. The unemployment rate in Australia was last reported at 5.8 percent in June of 2015. Historically, from 1978 until 2013, Australia's unemployment rate has averaged 7.0 percent. In February 1993 it reached an all-time high of 12.1 percent, and sixteen years later, a record low of just 3.9 percent in July 2007. 

This FACT indicates the unemployment rate of each Australian state/territory, which is defined as the number of people actively looking for a job, as a percentage of the labour force in June 2015. In Australia, there is no minimum requirement of hours to be considered unemployed. In other words, a person who works one hour per week is considered employed. The state/territory with the lowest unemployment rate is the Australian Capital Territory, at 3.5 percent. The state/territory with the highest rate of unemployment is South Australia at 7.9 percent. Tasmania is a close second at 6.4 percent.

Waste recovery per person (tonnes)

While society as a whole is creating far more waste than ever before, the collective conscious is far more attuned to the benefit and necessity of recycling. This FACT indicates the average amount of waste recovered, in tonnes per person in each Australian capital city. Recovered waste refers to the amount of waste (both recyclables and green waste) that was recycled or reused, and therefore not sent to landfill. This data was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2013 Report. Data for Darwin could not be found. When it comes to waste recovery, Canberra leads the way, at 4.77 tonnes per person.

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