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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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Fatal road accident rate per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of fatal road accidents that occur per 100,000 persons in each Australian state. This is different from the number of road fatalities, as only the cars are accounted for in a fatal road accident, whereas multiple passengers and drivers are accounted for in road fatalities. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory, at 16.61 per 100,000 persons. The state with the lowest number of road accidents is the Australian Capital Territory at 3.20 per 100,000 persons.

Number of churches

This FACT indicates the number of churches in each Australian capital city. Data was obtained from the Yellow Pages online listing directory in 2014, with a church being defined as a place of worship for those religions that base their beliefs upon the teachings of Christ. The churches where faith in Christ's teachings are observed include; Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Churches of Christ, Congregational, Eastern Orthodox, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed Church, and the Uniting Church. As the data was obtained from the Yellow Pages online listing directory it should be taken as a general guide to numbers rather than a definitive set of statistics. The hard numbers provide interesting scope for discussion. Australia's two largest cities - Sydney and Melbourne, had the most places of worship, with 1742 and 1230 respectively. Adelaide, known as 'the city of churches', came in 5th, at 529. The city with the least number of churches was Darwin, at 36.

Percentage of people reporting no religion (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of people reporting ‘no religion’ in the 2011 Census, as a proportion of each state and territory. Australians’ religious affiliations have changed considerably over the last decade. In the 2006 ABS Census, the number of Australians that reported themselves as having ‘no religion’ was at 18.7 percent. However, recent census results show the percentage has increased to 22.3 percent of all Australians.

The state/territory with the highest percentage of non-religious people is the Australian Capital Territory, at 28.9 percent, followed closely by Tasmania at 28.6 percent. The state with the lowest percentage of non-religious people is New South Wales, at 17.9 percent. Apart from Canberra, which showed no change in percentage, all other states and territories reported higher levels of people recording ‘no religion’ in the 2011 Census, thus maintaining the national trend.

Percentage of personal income spent on rent

This FACT indicates the percentage of a person's weekly income spent on rent. To achieve this percentage the median personal income of each city is divided by the respective median rent figure. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set, as it is not impacted by outliers (or figures that lie far outside of the regular data range). According to the most recent ABS Census (2011), the city paying the highest percentage of personal income on weekly rent was Sydney, with 57 percent. The city with the lowest percentage was Darwin with 40 percent, followed closely by Canberra at 41 percent. When coupled with data showing the 'richest city', the people of Canberra enjoy more financial liberty, having more disposable income after rental commitments.

Reading - Percentage of Year 5 students at or above the national minimum standard (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of year 5 students at or above the national minimum standard in each state and territory in reading, according to preliminary NAPLAN results collected in 2015.

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