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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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Median weekly family income of couples without children

This FACT indicates the median family weekly income of couples without children in each Australian city. The Australian median income for couples without children is $2081 per week, suggesting that Australian couples wait until their finances are sound until they have children. The median has been utilised here as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set, as it is not impacted by figures that lie far outside of the regular data range. Based on 2011 ABS Census results, the city with the highest median weekly income in this category is Canberra, at $2662. The city with the lowest is Hobart, at $1953 per week.

Number of women who smoked during their pregnancy per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of women who smoked during pregnancy per 100,000 persons in each Australian state. Studies have shown that smoking while pregnant can decrease the amount of oxygen available to your child during the pregnancy, increase the chance of a miscarriage, increase the chance of a premature birth and can increase the risk of the baby being born with damage to its respiratory system. Nationally, 13.2 percent of women smoked during pregnancy. The data presented here reflects numbers for 2011. The state/territory with the highest number per 100,000 persons is the Northern Territory at 463.8 women per 100,000 smoking during pregnancy. The state/territory with the lowest is New South Wales at 154.2, followed closely by the Australian Capital Territory, at 156.21.

Percentage of obese males

This FACT indicates the percentage of males within each Australian capital city who are obese. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI – an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height) exceeds 30kg/m2 (BMI of 30.00).
Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen over 50 percent in the past 20 years.
The city with the highest population of obese males is Brisbane at 32.8 percent. The city with the least obese males is Melbourne at 24.1 percent.

Petroleum usage for transport per 100,000 persons (GL)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the petroleum usage for transport per 100,000 persons (gigalitres) in each Australian state. The numbers include all road, water, air and other types of transport for both private and commercial use and represent the usage from 2010 to 2011. The state with the highest usage is the Northern Territory with 336 GL per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is South Australia with 170 GL per 100,000 people.

*Data for the ACT could not be obtained

Unit price in Australian capital cities (Home Value Index)

This FACT indicates the average Home Value Index (HVI) unit prices of each Australian city. The HVI aims to measure month to month movements in the value of Australian housing markets. These prices have been taken from the monthly values for the end of February 2018. The cheapest city in which to buy a unit is Darwin, significantly lower than Perth. A unit in Sydney, unsurprisingly, costs the most. This FACT is indicated in thousands of dollars.

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