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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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As an island-continent, tracking the number of foreign visitors to and around Australia is relatively simpler than other nations with bordering countries, as movements of passengers are easier to monitor. Australia, with its diverse landscapes, agreeable climate and positive reputation as an international tourist destination makes for a robust tourism industry that fuels local and national economies.This FACT indicates the number of tourists (departures from the city of longest stay) for each of the Australian capital cities. This data is represented in thousands.
These figures relate to the number of domestic journeys each traveller makes, rather than the number of travellers. This affords a better insight into the number of tourists in each city, or the most popular cites with tourists, and not the number of travellers to Australia as a whole. The ABS statistics makes sure to exclude the movements of operational air and ship crew, transit passengers who pass through Australia but are not cleared for entry, passengers on pleasure cruises commencing and finishing in Australia, and unauthorised arrivals.
According to the ABS data from 2012-13, the capital city with the highest number of tourists is - unsurprisingly - Sydney, with 2,239,100 tourists in 2011. The city with the lowest number of tourists is Hobart, which may partly be explained by its geographical location, with 54,500 in the same year.
This FACT indicates the number of people born into Generation Jones, between the years 1954 and 1965, per 100,000 in each city. This number is represented in thousands and represents Census results for 2011. 'Generation Jones' was a term coined by author Jonathan Pontell and refers to the generation that was born between 1957 and 1966. This period straddles both the Baby Boomer generation following WWII and the first wave of Generation X's. While the numbers are fairly even across the board, Hobart has the highest proportion of Generation Jones’, at 16,973 per 100,000 persons.
Because of Australia's history of colonisation, a high percentage of Australia's population are of English descent. In the most recent ABS Census, around one quarter of Australians (25.9 percent) identified themselves as having English ancestry.
This FACT indicates the percentage of people with an English ancestry, living in each capital city. The city with the highest percentage people with English ancestry is Hobart, at 32 .9 percent. Sydney has the lowest percentage, at 20.4.
According to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Australia's pig industry is valued at over A$1 billion, while the pork supply chain has a value of around A$3.5 billion. The most popular pig breerds used in Australian pork production are the Large White, Landrace, and Duroc. Around 87 percent of pork produced in Australia is for domestic consumption.
This FACT indicates the amount of pigs used for meat as a percentage of the total number of pigs in each Australian state and territory. While there are 100 and 160 agricultural pig businesses in Tasmania and Western Australia respectively, there is no data for these states in 2012-2013.
This FACT compares the State and Territory Government funding spent specifically on radio and television services for the year 2012-2013. This includes radio or television program production and broadcasting, national broadcasting services, commercial broadcasting services, community broadcasting services, subscription broadcasting services, subscription narrowcasting services and open narrowcasting services. Figures are expressed in millions of dollars.