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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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Average Year 5 student NAPLAN scores (Regional)

The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are taken each year in May by all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed using the same test items in the assessment domains of reading, persuasive writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The governing body ACARA states that every year, more than one million students nationally sit the NAPLAN tests, providing students, parents, teachers, schools and school systems with important information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students. The results also act as performance indicators that are nationally comparable and serve to inform and support improvements to teaching and learning practices.

This FACT indicates the average NAPLAN score that each state and territory achieved in 2015 for the level of year 5. The score, by state or territory, is calculated by averaging the mean scale of each of the 5 'domain' areas of proficiency.

Cost of using public transport for work purposes

Thanks to Australian cities’ propensity towards urban sprawl, as well as its comparatively low CBD density, transport networks are less expansive than in other parts of the world, and are subsequently less used. However, there is no doubt regarding the great disparity in cost between driving and public transport. When you take into account vehicle maintenance, registration, fuel costs, and CBD parking costs, it is apparent that savings of thousands of dollars can be made, although even here there is great variation in costs depending on the type of vehicle and commuting distance. Evidently, there are also huge environmental savings to be made when people opt for public transport instead of driving. Public transport users contribute to lowering the cost of pollution, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This FACT indicates the cost per year of commuting to and from work into the CBD using public transport, assuming a five day work week and commuting during peak hour traffic (usually a higher tariff rate for public transport commuters). For cities that implement zone pricing structures, (that is, the cost increases the further one travels), the average between a 5km and 25km journey from the CBD is used. The city with the highest cost to commute is Brisbane at $3628.1 in one year. The city with the lowest cost is Canberra at $1363.0 in one year.

Greenhouse gas emissions by renewable fuel per 100,000 persons (tonnes)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the amount in tonnes of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions by renewable fuel as a proportion of 100,000 persons in each Australian state. Renewable fuels are those which come from renewable resources, such as biofuels or Hydrogen fuel. These figures have been calculated by taking the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions by renewable fuel in each state and dividing it by 100,000.

Minutes delayed per hour during peak-time congestion

This FACT indicates the number of minutes delay for each hour driven as a result of congestion in Australian capital cities. Congestion during peak hours, specifically in the morning and evening rush periods from Monday to Friday often result in long delays for commuters. The city with the longest delay due to congestion is Sydney, at a staggering 40 additional minutes for each hour driven during peak time. The city with the shortest delay is Canberra, at 22 minutes per hour. Data for Darwin and Hobart could not be obtained. This data was collected in 2014.

Percentage of females in each city

This FACT indicates the percentage of females in each city. The data was taken from the latest 2011 ABS Census website. It compares the total number of females in each city's population, which is 49.2 percent on average across Australia.The city with the highest percentage of females is Hobart, at 51.4 percent. Darwin has the lowest percentage, at 47.8. Interestingly enough, Darwin is the only capitals with a larger percentage of male residents than female.

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