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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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Global Connectivity Ranking

This FACT indicates the global connectivity of Australian cities as ranked by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network from the year 2010. A global city (also referred to as an alpha city) is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system of finance and trade. The data was interpreted and given a numbering system from 1-12, where a city that had a 'sufficiency' rating was given the value of 1, and a city with an 'alpha++' rating was given a value of 12. According to GaWC, Sydney has the highest global connectivity ranking in Australia, as an Alpha Plus(+); Melbourne is next at Alpha Minus (-); then Brisbane at Beta Minus (-) and Adelaide rated Gamma Plus (+). Canberra is described as High Sufficiency, whilst Darwin and Hobart have not qualified for a rating, and hence are assigned a value of zero.

Number of 5 star hotels

This FACT indicates the number of hotels and resorts in each city that have a 5 star rating. Hotel ratings are often used to classify hotels according to their quality. There are a wide variety of rating schemes used by different organisations around the world. Many have a system involving stars, with a greater number of stars indicating greater luxury. The AAA and their affiliated bodies use diamonds instead of stars to express hotel and restaurant ratings levels. From website listings, we have found that Perth has the largest number of 5 star hotels, at 28. Hobart has just 1.

Percentage of a city's population that moved from another state within 5 years until 2011.

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who currently live in each city, who relocated from another state or territory within the 5 years until 2011, as a proportion of the city’s population. These numbers can offer insight into the attractiveness and growth of a city, as well as its liveability and affordability.
Darwin had the highest percent of people who moved from an interstate location within the five years up to 2011, with 16 percent of its inhabitants originally from another state or territory. Sydney, which has a reputation as being the most expensive Australian city, had the least number of interstaters relocating, at only 1.6 percent of its population.

Residential electricity price index

As each state has different power suppliers, its does create a disparity in the price of electricity between Australian cities. So, while prices may vary between suppliers, the use of a price index allows for easy comparison between cities and offers a medium for averaging the price of electricity. This FACT indicates the price index for residential electricity supply, as of June 2013, of each Australian capital city, with a base of 100 as per the 2011-12 ABS index.

Road fatality rate per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of road fatalities that occured per 100,000 persons in each Australian state in 2012. The definition of a road-traffic fatality varies from country to country. The definition used in Australia is a person who dies within 30 days of a crash on a public road involving a vehicle with an engine, and the death being the result of the crash. The road fatality rate is different from the fatal road accident rate, as multiple persons may incur fatal injuries in one single car accident. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory at 20.44 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory at 3.20 per 100,000 people.

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