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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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Density of CBD (people per km2)

This FACT indicates the population density of the CBD (Central Business District) in each Australian capital city. The CBD density of Australia's capital cities is constantly growing, as more people seek to live in the CBD, as well as inner-city suburbs. High-density living is influenced by many factors, including accommodation availability and infrastructure, but it is also an important factor for the development of new city infrastructure, including public spaces and public transport services.

The Australian city with the highest population density is Sydney, with 6947 people per square kilometre. The least dense is Hobart, at 125 people per square kilometre.

Median household weekly income

This FACT indicates the average household weekly income in each Australian capital city. Household weekly incomes were not expressly collected in the Census, but can be derived from personal income data. As it is not possible to aggregate personal income ranges, a specific dollar amount was imputed for each personal income range selected by families or household members. For the 2011 Census processing, the weighted median estimates of gross weekly personal income from the 2009-10 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), adjusted for inflation to mid-2011, were calculated for each of the reported ranges in the Census. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set, as it is not impacted by outliers (or figures that lie far outside of the regular data range). These averages were then allocated to each person who reported an income range in the Census. The city with the highest average household weekly income is Canberra with A$1947 per week. The city with the lowest is Hobart with A$1065 per week.

Mortality rate (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of deaths in each Australian state per 1,000 persons. Standardised death rates (SDRs) enable the comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population. The current standard population is all persons in the estimated Australian population at 30 June  2012. SDRs are expressed per 1,000 persons.

The state with the highest mortality rate per 1000 people is the the Australian Capital Territory at 5.3. The state with the lowest mortality rate is Queensland at 2.8 per 1,000 persons. The state/territory with the highest SDR’s in the Northen Territory, at 7.7 deaths per 1,000 persons. The ACT has lowests SDR at 4.9 deaths per 1,000 person, which is below the National average of 5.5 deaths per 1,000 persons.

Percentage of population with an ancestry other than English or Australian

This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each Australian capital city with an ancestry other than English or Australian. According to 2011 ABS Census, the city with the highest percentage of non- English or Australian ancestry is Sydney, at 48.48 percent; almost half of the city's population. The population with the lowest non-English or Australian ancestry is Hobart, significantly lower at 14.59 percent.

Real house prices by 20km from CBD in 2009-2010 (in thousands)

This FACT indicates the average real house price in each city by 20 kilometres from the CBD. Real pricing is defined as being adjusted for inflation. House prices in Australian cities have increased faster than any other major economy in the world. However, due to comparatively low interest rates and higher wages, living in Australia is still relatively affordable for residents. Living close to the CBD is seen as more desirable to most people due to lower travel costs for work and easy access to the action in each city. Consequently, due to high demand, houses closer to the CBD have much higher costs. The city with the highest average cost is Sydney. The city with the lowest average cost is Adelaide. Data for Canberra, Darwin and Hobart could not be obtained. Data is indicated in thousands.

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