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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

Amount of rainfall in summer

Australia is renowned all over the world for its very dry weather, particularly in the central and southern regions of the country. However, toward the north it becomes more tropical and rain levels are higher. This FACT indicates the amount of rainfall in millimetres that fell in the summer of 2014/2015 (December 2014 through to February 2015). Places such as Darwin and Brisbane receive ample amounts of rainfall with 1004.2 and 721.6 mm respectively. In comparison, places such as Adelaide and Perth receive 48.6 and 42 mm respectively. The weather in Australia is largely sporadic, and relies on the el nino and la nina weather systems to determine the intensity and duration of the weather. Cities to the north however experience wetter weather due to its North-Eastern approach. The cities futher South are generally drier because any wet weather that has to travel across Australia must travel through desert and is substantially diminished in the process.

Fastest growing city (greatest population change)

This FACT indicates the population growth in numbers of each Australian capital, by comparing 2006 and 2011 ABS Census data. This data is represented in thousands.

Positive population growth rates are important for the economic health of a city. Positive growth occurs not only as a result of positive birth rates, but also immigration and domestic relocation. A large population lends itself to innovation and strong small businesses, as well as indicating the desirability and populatiry of a city.

The city with the highest population growth was Melbourne with 412,370 people. The city with the lowest growth is Hobart with 11,131 people. The numbers here are represented in thousands.

Fertility rates (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total fertility rates in each Australian state. The total fertility rate (TFR) represents the number of children a female could expect to bear during her lifetime if she experienced current age-specific fertility rates at each stage of her reproductive life. The TFR is the sum of age-specific fertility rates (live births at each age of mother per 1,000 of the estimated female population of the same age). The state with the highest fertility rate is the Northern Territory at 2.206 children. The state with the lowest TFR is the Australian Capital Territory at 1.794 children.

Percentage of cattle livestock used for meat (Regional)

This FACT indicates the proportion of cattle livestock used for meat in each Australian state and territory. Australia is one of the world's most efficient producers of cattle and the world's second largest exporter of beef, shipping large quantities of beef especially to neighbouring countries in the South Pacific and in Asia.

The state/territory with the highest number of cattle used for meat is tied between the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, each with 100 percent. The state with the lowest is Victoria with 56.75 percent.

Total Carbon Emissions (tonnes) (Regional)

This  FACT indicates the total carbon emissions, a form of greenhouse gas, of each state in 2009. The data is represented in millions of tonnes, and includes all types of carbon emissions, including those coming from the building, agricultural, and mining industries. This is a hot topic in Australia, and is high on the agenda for both federal and state governments, particularly since the introduction of the carbon tax in the federal government.

The state with the highest total carbon emissions is New South Wales with 154 million tonnes in 2009. The state with the least was the Australian Capital Territory at 1 million tonnes.

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