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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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Annual Road Deaths per 100,000 Population

This FACT indicates the number of road deaths that occured per 100,000 persons in each Australian state in 2016. 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 19.66 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory at 2.26 per 100,000 people.

Greenhouse gas emissions emitted per person (tonnes)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the total greenhouse (carbon dioxide) gas emissions in tonnes per person in 2016. The state and territory breakdown of total emissions includes emissions from daily commercial, industry, residential, land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).

The state with the highest emissions per person is the Northern Territory, at 72.10 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted per person. The state with the lowest emissions per person was Tasmania, at 0.0 tonnes. This represents a process of net sequestration, whereby greenhouse gasses are stored in the soil.

Median monthly mortgage repayments

How under the pump are Australian home owners? With the rising costs of land and real estate, and the universal increase in the cost of living, mortgage repayments are a real concern, with policy makers continually looking for ways to address the upward trend. This FACT uses data from the 2016 ABS Census to show the median monthly mortgage repayments of home owners living in each Australian capital. This in turn highlights the disparity in financial burden experienced by home buyers throughout the country. The highest median monthly repayment is found in Darwin, with homeowners paying A$2200 per month. The lowest monthly repayments are in Hobart, at A$1,402 per month.

When coupled with other statistics, such as the average gross weekly income, or the percentage of households suffering mortgage stress, this topic becomes an interesting point of discussion.

Number of people who speak Italian at home per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Italian at home, per 100,000 persons, in Australian capital cities. Italians have a rich presence in Australia, with a large number of people identifying as Italian, or as being of Italian decent. Italian migration intensified following the Second World War, when Australia relaxed its migration policies in order to increase population numbers. Since then, Italian migration, alongside migration from other nations, has played an important role in forging the modern Australian identity. 
Results from the 2016 Census show that the city with the highest proportion of Italian speakers is Melbourne, at 2,271 per 100,000 persons, followed closely by Adelaide at 2,130. The city with the lowest number is Hobart at 326 Italian speakers per 100,000 persons.

Number of Special Needs schools in each city per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of special schools in each city per 100,000 persons, including those schools with annexes providing special needs facilities. These numbers exclude English learning centres, distance education and schools for young mothers. The education of students with special needs involves individually planned teaching methods, modified equipment and materials, and settings that are more accessible. If students with special needs are to achieve the same levels of education and success as a student that would have be educated in a typical classroom setting, these extra measures are necessary. 

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