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Number of persons who speak Italian at home

This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Italian at home in Australian capital cities. Italians have a rich presence in Australia, with a large number of people identifying as Italian, or as being of Italian descent. The migration of Italians into Australia intensified after the Second World War, when the country relaxed its migration policies in order to increase population numbers. Since then, Italian migration, alongside migration from other nations, has played an important role in forging the modern Australian identity.
According to the results of the 2016 ABS Census, the city with the highest number of Italian speakers is Melbourne, at 101,849. The city with the lowest number is Darwin at 593.

Participation rates in organised sports (5-14 yrs)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the participation rates in organised sports (including dancing) for people aged 5 to 14 years old. Participating in organised physical activities is an important element of a child’s social development. In recent years, increasing awareness of the incidence of childhood obesity has highlighted the desirability, on health grounds, for children to participate in regular physical activity. Participation in organised sport and/or dancing, as a subset of broader physical activity, is also important for the development of motor coordination skills, teamwork and physical fitness.

Data presented is from the 2012 survey of Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities conducted throughout Australia as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Monthly Population Survey. The survey collected information on participation of children aged 5 to 14 years in selected organised sports outside of school hours during the 12 months prior to interviews, and on participation in selected leisure activities outside of school hours during the most recent two school weeks prior to interviews. 

The state with the highest rates of participation was the Australian Capital Territory with 76.4 percent, the state with the lowest was the Northern Territory with 61.5 percent.

Percentage of households using recycled or grey water (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of households using recycled or grey water in each Australian state. Grey water is the relatively clean wastewater from showers, baths, basins or washing machines, used for watering gardens. It cannot be stored, and is sorced directly from households, meaning that dwellings require grey water systems in place in order to use it. The data was collected from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2013. Statistics for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory could not be obtained.

The hottest city (summer average, degrees)

This FACT indicates the summer average temperatures of each Australian capital city using data from as early as 1855 to 2018. The island continent of Australia features a wide range of climates, with tropical weather in the north, a hot, dry and arid climate through the interior, and mild - often referred to as Mediterranean - regions of the south and west. Because of the disparity of climatic zones, highest and lowest temperatures should be viewed with caution, and compared to the average rainfall during different seasons; especially if used for planning a holiday or for relocation. Summers are mostly hot through most of the country, with the average January maximum temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (°C) over most of the mainland. The city with the highest average temperature is Darwin with 31.97°C. The city with the lowest average maximum temperature is Hobart with 21.27°C, moderated by the sea and gully winds of the island-state. Bureau of Meteorology data for Canberra is only available from 2008 onwards.

The walkability score of each city

This FACT indicates the walkability of a city. has measured the walkability score of each city by measuring the number of typical consumer destinations such as cafes and supermarkets that are within walking distance of a person’s home or dwelling.  A score is then aggregated from 0 to 100 with 0 being a more car dependent city and 100 being a more walkable city. Based on data collected in 2015, the city with the highest score is Sydney at 63 out of 100. In comparison, the most walkable city in the U.S is New York with a score of 87.6. The city with the lowest score is Canberra at 40 out of 100.

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