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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

Greenhouse gas emissions by liquid fuels per 100,000 persons (tonnes)(Regional)

Climate change and global warming are hot on the agenda of Australian politics. Individuals and businesses alike are becoming more attuned to the effects and costs of pollution and carbon emissions. This FACT indicates the amount in tonnes of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions by liquid fuels per 100,000 persons in each state and territory.Data for the Australian Capital Territory could not be obtained.

Number of food trucks in operation in Australian capital cities

A food truck is basically a mobile kitchen that transports and sells food to customers, most commonly located in the CBD of a city. A typical example would be the old fashioned ice cream truck or pie cart, that most people would associate the selling of food from a mobile truck. Since the influx of American style food and food culture in Australia, the Texan style ‘Chuck Wagon’ have been erecting all throughout some Australian capital cities. Although a higher proportion of food trucks now serve American style burgers, hot dogs and fries, there are still many Mexican, South American, Asian and Dessert style food carts trailing each city.

An Honourable mention would also have to go Adelaide’s pie cart movement in the late 1800’s, which made the traditional “Pie-Floater” world famous today, with approximately 13 pie carts operating in the CBD in the 1870’s.

This FACT indicates the number of food trucks that have operated in each capital city over the last 2 months, and are registered online at ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ in February 2014. Melbourne has the highest number of food trucks, at 30. Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth scored the lowest at 0. Each has not had any operating food trucks within the last 2 months, as registered by ‘WhereTheTruck.At’.

*The data is based solely on food trucks registered with ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ and active within the last 2 months. This does not have any relation to the total amount of food truck licences awarded by each city’s council, currently used in each city.

Percentage of males within the normal weight range

Which city has the slimmest males? Obesity and being overweight is a real 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 Ausralian waistlines have expanded and thereby increased the chance and frequency of weight-related illnesses.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics classifies a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.00 and above as overweight. This FACT indicates the proportion of people within a normal weight range (BMI of 24.99 and under) in each capital.

The city with the highest proportion of males who weigh within the normal weight range is Darwin, at 33.4 percent.

Speeding fine cost as a deterrent (at exactly 15 km/h over the limit)

Research shows that penalties for speeding such as demerit points or cost can often be an effective tool in reducing the number of accidents on our roads. The 'Cameras Save Lives' campaign by the Victorian Government is typical of the rationale.

The cost of infringements is extremely high in most Australian cities, though some face more punitive fines than others.  This FACT indicates the cost of a speeding fine in each Australian city when the speed of the vehicle exceeds to exactly 15 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.

Summer sunshine hours per day

This FACT indicates the number of summertime sunshine hours per day of each capital city. Nearly all of Australia enjoys high sunshine hours, although geographical location and distance from the equator mean that there is a marked difference between cities and their sunshine hours. The city with the highest summer sunshine hours per day is Perth at 11, followed by Adelaide with 9. The lowest summer sunshine hours are equally split between Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, at just under 8 hours per day. Data for Darwin and Hobart data could not be obtained.

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