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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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Featured Facts

Median monthly mortgage repayments

How under the pump are Australian home owners? With the rising costs of land and real estate, and the universal increase in the cost of living, mortgage repayments are a real concern, with policy makers continually looking for ways to address the upward trend. This FACT uses data from the 2011 ABS Census to show the median monthly mortgage repayments of home owners living in each Australian capital. This in turn highlights the disparity in financial burden experienced by home buyers throughout the country.     The highest median monthly repayment is found in Perth, with homeowners paying A$2496 per month. The lowest monthly repayments are in Hobart, at A$1,300 per month.

When coupled with other statistics, such as the average gross weekly income, or the percentage of households suffering mortgage stress, this topic becomes an interesting point of discussion.

Percentage of households using rainwater tanks (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage households in each state using rainwater tanks as a water source. The numbers have increased in recent years thanks to the state restrictions on mains water usage, plus new state laws which require all new dwellings, plus select extensions and renovations on dwellings, to install rainwater tanks for private use.

The measures are aimed at making dwellings more sustainable, and relieving pressure on mains water supplies. The data was collected from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2013. Statistics for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory could not be obtained.

Percentage of households without a motor vehicle

Because of Australia's vast distances and the tendency of many Australians to live in both inner and outer city suburbs - as opposed to the CBD - vehicle ownership in Australia is widespread.

This FACT indicates the number of registered motor vehicles (including company owned vehicles) that are garaged or parked at or near private dwellings on census night. Motorbikes, scooters and tractors are excluded.  Even when making frequent use of public transport, many Australians opt to own a car. This indicator shows the percentage of households that have not registered a motor vehicle in 2011. Vehicle registration is the compulsory registration of a vehicle to a government authority. The purpose of this registration is to establish clear ownership and therefore to tax motorists or vehicle owners. This FACT was obtained from ABS statistics regarding the number of motor vehicle registrations, registered to a single dwelling in each respective city.    

Percentage of obese 18-24 year olds

Which Australian city has the fattest 18-24 year olds? Obesity and being overweight is a serious health problem in Australia, which is classified as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. The phenomenon has been described as an 'epidemic' because of how quickly Australian waistlines have expanded and thereby increased the chance and frequency of weight-related illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.00 and above is considered obese by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

This FACT indicates the proportion of people who have a BMI of 30.00 and over, and are thus classified as obese. The city with the highest proportion of 18-24 year olds who are classified as obese is Perth, with 23.6 percent of the population, 4.7 percent higher than Brisbane, which came second highest. However, it is worth noting that estimates for Canberra and Darwin have a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be considered with caution. The data here represent figures for the years 2011 to 2012.

Psychological distress levels in adults per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the psychological distress levels of adults in each Australian capital city, per 100,000 persons.

Mental health problems can stem from factors that are associated with attributes of a low socio-economic background, such as unemployment, lower income and poor physical health. The numbers, obtained from the State of Australian Cities 2011 Report, uses data gathered from the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale. The scale measures non-specific psychological distress based on 10 questions asked of respondents about negative emotional states.

The city which reported 'high' and 'highest' levels of distress was Canberra, at 10.0 per 100,000 people. Adelaide was ranked second with a marginal difference (9.4 per 100,000). The city with the lowest levels of psychological distress was Hobart, at 4.1 people per 100,000.

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