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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

Average sea temperatures (degrees)

This FACT indicates the average sea temperatures during one year in Australian cities. This indicator is an important one for many Australians and tourists, given the country's thousands of kilometres of coastline and beach culture. The city with the highest average sea temperature throughout the year is Brisbane with 23.58; unsurprising given its tropical climate. The city with the highest average sea temperature throughout the year (2011) is Brisbane with 24; unsurprising given its tropical climate. The city with the lowest is Melbourne with 15degrees. Data for Darwin and Hobart data could not be obtained. Data for Canberra is not applicable, given it is situated over 100 kilometres inland.

Live music bar and club venues per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of live music hotel and bar venues in each Australian state, according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) per 100,000 people as of September 2011.

Live music and bar venues provide entertainment to audiences, but also a stage for the creative growth and development of a community, encouraging cultural and entertainment markets. While the state with the highest number of venues is Queensland, South Australia has the most per capita, at 9.28 venues per 100,000 people. The state with the least remains the Australian Capital Territory at 3.35 venues per 100,000 people.

Median weekly house rental prices across Australia

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Australia? Unsurprisingly, this number varies dramatically depending on size and suburb, and there is also great disparity between cities. This FACT indicates the median rental rate for a house in each Australian capital city. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set. The median value is the middle price in a series of sales, where half of the sales are of lower value and half are of higher value. Here, all house types and sizes have been considered. The data is represented in thousands and represents the statistics for July 2015. In Australia, rent and mortgage repayments are generally calculated in weekly instalments, and so the data here represents weekly repayments.

Number of people who have completed year 12 or equivalent

This FACT indicates the number of people who have completed year 12 or equivalent in each Australian capital. While it is compulsory for children to attend school from the ages 5 to 15, and in some cases 17, it is not compulsory to complete high school after these ages. The age at which you can leave school varies from state to state. Because of this, Australia does not have very high year 12 completion rates. Many students choose to end their high school education in order to pursue career paths and options that do not require the completion of year 12 studies or their equivalent. 

Percentage of population born outside Australia

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who were born outside Australia in each capital city. 30.2 percent of all Australian residents were born outside of Australia. As ascertained in the 2011 ABS Census, the city with the highest percentage of residents born outside the country is Perth, at 40.4 percent. This is in keeping with the statistics that show  Perth also has the highest number of people with both parents outside Australia. Sydney follows closely with 40.1 percent of people born outside Australia. The city with the lowest percentage is again Hobart, at 17 .9 percent.

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