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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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How many Australians play some sport? (15 years & over)(Regional)

Australians take sport seriously, and many are passionate supporters of sporting teams. But how often do they engage in physical activity themselves? This FACT indicates the participation rates in sport and recreation in each state and territory, for people aged 15 years and older 2011-2012.

Participating in organised physical activities is an important element of staying healthy, and contributes to well connected communities and a healthy work-life balance amongst individuals. Particularly in Australia, one of the fattest nations in the developed world, engagement in physical activity is a powerful and important measure to combat the obesity epidemic.

The state with the highest rates of adult participation in sports and recreation is the Australian Capital Territory with 80 percent of people over 15 engaging in at least some physical activity. The state with the lowest is Queensland, with 61.9 percent.

This fact also appears in the Health category.

Number of food trucks in operation in Australian capital cities

A food truck is basically a mobile kitchen that transports and sells food to customers, most commonly located in the CBD of a city. A typical example would be the old fashioned ice cream truck or pie cart, that most people would associate the selling of food from a mobile truck. Since the influx of American style food and food culture in Australia, the Texan style ‘Chuck Wagon’ have been erecting all throughout some Australian capital cities. Although a higher proportion of food trucks now serve American style burgers, hot dogs and fries, there are still many Mexican, South American, Asian and Dessert style food carts trailing each city.

An Honourable mention would also have to go Adelaide’s pie cart movement in the late 1800’s, which made the traditional “Pie-Floater” world famous today, with approximately 13 pie carts operating in the CBD in the 1870’s.

This FACT indicates the number of food trucks that have operated in each capital city over the last 2 months, and are registered online at ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ in February 2014. Melbourne has the highest number of food trucks, at 30. Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth scored the lowest at 0. Each has not had any operating food trucks within the last 2 months, as registered by ‘WhereTheTruck.At’.

*The data is based solely on food trucks registered with ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ and active within the last 2 months. This does not have any relation to the total amount of food truck licences awarded by each city’s council, currently used in each city.

Number of people travelling to work by public transport per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates how many people use public transport as a method of travelling to work, per 100,000 people. The state with the highest number is New South Wales with 4,594 in every 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Tasmania with 1,145 per 100,000 people.

Number of people travelling to work by taxi per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates how frequently taxis are used as a method of transport for travelling to work, per 100,000 people in each Australian state and territory for the year 2011. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory with 154 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Victoria with 91 per 100,000 people.

This is certainly in keeping with data that shows that Darwin has the lowest percentage of public transport use in Australia. In considering the link between low use of public transport and higher frequency of taxi commuting, it could be a question of infrastructure, or lack thereof.

Number of persons working in cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of people working in cafes, restaurant and takeaway food services, as a proportion of 100,000 people, in each capital city.

As shown in the 2011 ABS Census, on average, Australia has 1919 persons per 100,000 people working in the food and beverage hospitality industry (cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services). The city with the highest number of these types of employees is Perth at 2147 per 100,000 people. The city with the lowest is Darwin at 1840 per 100,000 people.

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