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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 price of a cup of coffee

What can the price of a Cappuccino tell you about a city? This FACT indicates the average price of a cup of coffee in each city according to the Gilkatho Cappuccino Price Index™ (CPI). The CPI average for each city was found by a survey of over 1100 coffee venues in each Australian city. According to international consumer figures, Australians consume over 2.7 kg of coffee per person each year. The data here represents prices as of March 2013. The city with the highest average price of coffee is Perth, at $3.89 a cup. The city with the lowest average coffee price is Sydney, at $3.42 a cup. Data for Darwin was not available.

Golf Courses within 50km of each capital city

Golfing is not only one of Australia’s favourite pastimes, but it also has a strong following in a professional sense. The PGA Tour of Australasia is the main competition in Australia for men. The PGA tour in Australia is one of the five licensed members of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which makes it a top tier tour. The prize money in 2013 won by contestants, ranged from A$484 to A$538,630 with 168 participating. In February 2014, Golf Digest ranked 3 Australian courses in the Top 20 in the world. This shows that Australia has the facilities and conditions to accommodate any golf lover.

This FACT indicates the number of golf courses each capital city has within a 50km area. Melbourne is recognized as having the highest number, at 104, followed closely by Sydney at 102. The lowest number of golf courses is Darwin, at 2.

Percentage of households using solar power

This FACT indicates the percentage of households that have a solar power system installed in each Australian city. Solar energy technologies include solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity and solar architecture, which can make considerable contributions to solving some of the most urgent problems the world now faces.

Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar, depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orientating a building to the sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air. For this indicator, only active solar techniques were considered.

The city with the highest percentage of solar power users is Perth, at 29.1 percent. The city with the least is Hobart at 10.4 percent.

Percentage of population enrolled in government primary schools

This FACT indicates the percentage of each city's population enrolled in government-run primary schools across Australia from the year 2011. The city with the highest percentage is Brisbane, at 5.91 percent. The city with the lowest is Canberra at 4.65 percent.

Total household water use (gigalitres) (Regional)

Australians are relatively conscious about water usage, and many households have employed measures to reduce their water consumption. This FACT indicates the total average water usage per household in gigalitres for each state between the years 2012 to 2013. 

Total household water consumption is calculated by combining the amount of water distributed to households by water providers with the amount extracted through bores and other self-extraction facilities. 'Self-extracted ' water use is calculated by applying a coefficient, based on average number of kilolitres used per household connection, to the households known not to be served by water providers. The state with the highest total water use is New South Wales with 570 gigalitres. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory with 29 gigalitres.

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