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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.

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Featured Facts

Number of people with Islamic affiliation per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of Australians with Islamic affiliation in each capital city, per 100,000 persons. Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, considered by its adherents to be the word of Allah, (Arabic for God) (Wikipedia, 2014). Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country and makes up 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. Islam is also widely practiced in South Asia, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Results from the 2011 Census show that the city with the highest proportion of people with Islamic affiliation is Sydney, at 4740 per 100,000 persons. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 548.

Number of people, 15 years old and over, who are qualified in the field of Education

This FACT indicates the number of people, 15 years old and over, who are qualified in the field of Education. Australia has some of the best education facilities in the world, with many of our universities being found in the QS top 100 universities guide. In recent years there has been a surplus of teachers, however, in the field of mathematics and science there is a shortage. 

Percentage of population that never compost or recycle kitchen or food waste

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who NEVER compost or recycle their kitchen food or waste in each city. Recycling organics is an effective way to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill, and helps to establish healthy green practices in people's homes. A propensity to recycle food and kitchen scraps can offer insight into sustainability practices of a community on the whole. The city with the highest percentage of people who never recycle or compost kitchen waste is Sydney at 52 percent, followed closely by Brisbane at 51.5 percent. The city with the highest propensity to recycle is Hobart at 36.5 percent followed closely by Canberra at 39 percent.

Percentage of smokers

Which Australian city smokes the most?

Smoking is a hot topic in Australia: it was the first country to introduce plain package cigarettes, and has heavy taxes on tobacco products. These federal measures are aimed at reducing the number of smokers in the country, and thereby the number of smoking-related illnesses and deaths that occur each year. The two most recent estimates for deaths caused by tobacco are by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The DoHA estimates 14,901 tobacco-attributable deaths in Australia (based on figures from 2004-05) and the estimates 15,511 deaths (based on figures from 2003). The differences in estimates are due to differing methodologies and reference years. Based on figures from the AIHW and DoHA reports, Tobacco in Australia estimates that there are 15,000 deaths annually due to tobacco. Even with conservative methodologies, the numbers are troubling.

This FACT indicates the total percentage of smokers in each Australian capital city. Data collected in 2011 indicates that the city with the highest rate of smokers is Darwin, at 27 percent. The city with the lowest is Perth, at 11.5 percent.

The hottest city (summer average, degrees)

This FACT indicates the summer average temperatures of each Australian capital city using data from 2000 to 2015. The island continent of Australia features a wide range of climates, with tropical weather in the north, a hot, dry and arid climate through the interior, and mild - often referred to as Mediterranean - regions of the south and west. Because of the disparity of climatic zones, highest and lowest temperatures should be viewed with caution, and compared to the average rainfall during different seasons; especially if used for planning a holiday or for relocation. Summers are mostly hot through most of the country, with the average January maximum temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (°C) over most of the mainland. The city with the highest average temperature is Darwin with 31.6°C. The city with the lowest average maximum temperature is Hobart with 21.6°C, moderated by the sea and gully winds of the island-state. Bureau of Meteorology data for Canberra is only available from 2008 onwards.

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