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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.

Survey responses also help shape policy and company decisions by contributing to reports and in-depth analysis that Australia’s Best City, and parent company ipData, conducts on their behalf.

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Featured Facts

Number of additional dwellings built

This FACT indicates the total number of additional dwellings that were built* in each Australian city during the period between 2006-2011. It gives some insight into the housing development rate in each city, as well as the amount of property investment. The numbers are represented in thousands.

In the five years up to 2011, Melbourne had the most developments in housing, at 165,010 new dwellings built. Darwin has the lowest residential development in the same period, with 5,130 new dwellings built.

Number of airline revenue passenger movements

This FACT indicates the total amount of revenue (fare paying) passengers in millions between the years 2011 to 2012 from the years 2011 to 2012. The data is represented in millions. This indicator shows the total number of passengers passing through each major airport in each city. The city with the highest movement is Sydney, at 35,990,000 people. The city with the least passenger movement is Darwin, at 1,830,000 people.

Number of restaurants per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the total number of restaurants that are listed within the Yellow Pages in each Australian city per 100,000 persons. It excludes fast food restaurants and function centres. Note that not all restaurants are listed in public listing directories, so the information presented here should be taken as a general guide to numbers rather than a complete set of statistics. However, while there are no exact figures on the number of restaurants and eateries operating in each city, the disparity in numbers shown here affords an interesting point for discussion. According to the Yellow Pages listings in November 2013, Canberra has the highest number of restaurants, at 132.93per 100,000 persons. Perth, on the other hand, has the lowest proportion, at 90.46 restaurants per 100,000 persons.

Number of species from the top 25 most venomous snakes present (Regional)

Australia is home to around 140 species of land snakes, and 21 of the world's 25 most venomous species call the island continent home. For people with ophidiophobia, this can be a serious point of concern. Indeed, many tourists fret over Australia's snake population, despite the fact that snakes are rarely found in suburban and city areas. Luckily, most of the world's snakes - Australian species being no exception - prefer to avoid humans, and for this reason, reported snake bites are quite rare. In fact, most snake bites are provoked, so leaving a snake alone is the best repellent.

This FACT indicates the number of top 25 most venomous snake species that are present with each state and territory.

Rescues performed by lifesavers

This FACT indicates the number of lives saved by lifesavers over a year in each capital city. Surf lifesaving originated in Australia in 1906 in response to drownings at local beaches in Sydney. Such groups became necessary following the relaxing of laws prohibiting daylight bathing on Australian beaches. Volunteer groups of men were trained in life saving methods and patrolled the beaches, upholding public safety. Surf lifesaving is a multifaceted movement whose key aspects include voluntary lifeguard services and competitive surf sport. The movement has expanded globally to other countries including New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and the United States. Surf lifesavers in Australia are colloquially known as 'Clubbies'. The city with the highest number of rescues in 2012-2013 was Sydney, with 3996 (this isn’t what it says on the data table). The city with the lowest number of rescues is Darwin, with 40 rescues. Data for Canberra is not applicable given its geographical location and distance from the coastline.

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