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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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Cargo discharged including imports (tonnes)

This FACT indicates the total number of cargo in tonnes that was imported to each Australian capital city port between the years 2011 to 2012. These number are represented in millions.

These numbers have an impact on infrastructure and government policy, as well as providing insight into the self-sustainability of each city. The city with the highest number of imports is Sydney - the most heavily populated state - at 21.2 million tonnes. The city with the lowest was Hobart, at 0.9 million tonnes. In this instance, Canberra has been omitted since it has no sea ports.

Cargo loaded for exports per 100,000 persons (tonnes)

This FACT indicates the proportion per 100,000 persons of cargo in tonnes that is loaded for export in each Australian city. This number is represented in thousands. The city with the highest number is the Darwin with 4,561,060 tonnes per 100,000 people. The city with the lowest was Sydney with 170,770 tonnes per 100,000 people. In this instance, Canberra has been omitted since it has no sea ports.

Median weekly unit rental prices in Australian cities

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Australia? Unsurprisingly, this number varies dramatically depending size and suburb, and there is also great disparity between cities. This FACT indicates the median rental rate for a unit (or apartment) in each Australian capital city. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set. The median value is the middle price in a series of sales, where half of the sales are of lower value and half are of higher value. Here, all sizes of units have been considered. The data represents statistics for the July Quarter in 2015. In Australia, rent and mortgage repayments are generally calculated in weekly instalments, and so the data here represents weekly repayments.

This data suggests that Sydney-siders pay more for apartments, which is likely influenced by the high cost and demand of real estate (apartments) in the CBD. The cheapest rental unit rates in are in Hobart, coinciding with the rental housing data.

Number of CBD carparks per 1000 workers

Cities with a high number of carparks (relative to the number of workers) are said to increase overall car dependence, and dissuade commuters from opting for public transport. For this reason, the increase of available parking spaces is not increasing proportionately with demand, as city councils are trying to actively limit their availability. It also explains the increase in prices of undercover car parking in Australia's capitals.

This FACT indicates the projected number of CBD carparks per 1,000 workers in 2013, (that is, spaces within carpark buildings designed for that purpose) in each Australian capital city. This is according to the 2012 Colliers International, Australian CBD Car Park White Paper.

Number of people who speak Chinese languages at home per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of Australians who speak a Chinese language at home per 100,000 persons, in each capital.While Mandarin and Cantonese are the most commonly known Chinese laguages, there are many other regional dialects.

The number of people who speak Chinese languages at home offers insight into the number of first and second generation Chinese Australians living in a city, as well as the ethnic distribution within a city (that is, the assimilation of different cultures in multicultural neighbourhoods, as opposed to mono-cultural neighbourhoods).

As per the 2011 Census results, the city with the highest number of people who speak a Chinese language at home is Sydney at 6,466 per 100,000 persons, which is unsuprinsing since it is also the city with the largest Chinese population. The city with the lowest proportion is Hobart, at 1,093 per 100,000 persons.

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