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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.

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Featured Facts

Number of brewpubs (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of brewpubs in each state. A brewpub is a pub or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. Some brewpubs, such as those in Germany, have been brewing traditionally on the premises for hundreds of years. Others are modern restaurants. Beer arrived in Australia at the beginning of British colonisation. In 2004, Australia was ranked as having the fourth highest beer consumption per capita, at around 110 litres per year, though considerably lower in terms of total alcohol consumption per capita.

The most popular beer style in modern day Australia is lager. The oldest brewery still in operation is the Cascade Brewery, established in Tasmania in 1824. The largest Australian-owned brewery is the family-owned Coopers, as the other two major breweries, Carlton United Breweries and Lion Nathan are subsidiaries by the British-South African SABMiller and the Japanese Kirin Brewing Company respectively. Foster's Lager is made mostly for export or under licence in other countries, particularly the UK.

Number of international airlines at each airport

This FACT indicates the number of international airlines that fly in and out of each major Australian city airport, from the year 2018. The data for this indicator was found by looking for a list of international airlines on each of the major airport’s websites. According to the data, Sydney has the most international airlines passing through its airport at 50, a huge disparity from Hobart, the lowest at 1. 

This FACT also appears in the Economy category.

Percentage of population that always compost or recycle garden waste

This FACT indicates the percentage of each city's population who always recycles garden waste, or use garden waste for compost. Garden waste can be recycled for use in potting mix and compost for public gardens and council-run green space. Recycling is encouraged by councils who provide a garden waste recycling scheme, including organic bins.

The city with the highest percentage of people who always recycle garden waste is Adelaide, at 57 percent of the population. The city with the lowest percentage is Perth, at 20.5 percent.

Population weighted density of cities

Because of a relatively small population and urban sprawl, city density is much lower than what is experienced in other countries. Population density is measured by the number of people per square kilometres. While many argue that low density is a positive thing, it does impact other important quality-of-living factors, such as public transport services, social services and car dependency.

There are numerous ways of calculating urban density. Open space on the edge of the metropolitan areas can often skew densities. We have therefore searched for a more suitable approach. 'Charting' have devised an approach that only includes populated areas.  Population weighted density is a weighted average of the density of all the parcels of land in the city, with the population of each parcel of land providing the weighting. This provides a figure indicative of the residential density of the “average person”. A city where a large proportion of people live in dense areas will have a much higher weighted population density than average population density. The data is based on 2011 census data.

The measure is Pop-weighted density, persons/ hectare (all SA1s)

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.

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