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Median household weekly income

This FACT indicates the average household weekly income in each Australian capital city. Household weekly incomes were not expressly collected in the Census, but can be derived from personal income data. As it is not possible to aggregate personal income ranges, a specific dollar amount was imputed for each personal income range selected by families or household members. For the 2011 Census processing, the weighted median estimates of gross weekly personal income from the 2009-10 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), adjusted for inflation to mid-2011, were calculated for each of the reported ranges in the Census. 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). These averages were then allocated to each person who reported an income range in the Census. The city with the highest average household weekly income is Canberra with A$1947 per week. The city with the lowest is Hobart with A$1065 per week.

Percentage of households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income

This FACT indicates the percentage of households whose mortgage repayments are less than 30 percent of the household income. The Australian average percentage of those spending less than 30 percent of household income on mortgage repayments is 90.1 percent - a fairly high number, which is good news. Data collected in the 2011 ABS Census shows that the city with the highest percentage was Canberra, with 92.2 percent; likely influenced by the higher weekly salaries. The city with the lowest was Sydney at 88 percent, which is likely influenced by the high property prices.

Percentage of population with an English ancestry in each city

Because of Australia's history of colonisation, a high percentage of Australia's population are of English descent. In the most recent ABS Census, around one quarter of Australians (25.9 percent) identified themselves as having English ancestry.

This FACT indicates  the percentage of people with an English ancestry, living in each capital city. The city with the highest percentage people with English ancestry is Hobart, at 32 .9 percent. Sydney has the lowest percentage, at 20.4.

State and Territory government expenditure on film and video production (millions)(Regional)

This FACT compares the financial support for film and video production from State and Territory Governments for the year 2012-2013. This includes the production or post-production of films, videos or other media containing moving images, the acquisition of distribution rights and the distribution of films and video productions for exhibition to motion picture theatres, television networks and stations and to other businesses for hire, sale or resale. Figures are expressed as millions of dollars.

Winter sea temperatures (degrees)

This FACT indicates the average winter time sea temperatures in costal Australian cities. This indicator is an important one for many Australians and tourists, who will brave the cold temperatures and head to the coast - even in wintertime - to surf and engage in marine sports. Sea temperatures are a topical theme in Australia, as discussions surrounding the effects of climate change and rising sea temperatures and their impact on marine ecosystems, most notably the Great Barrier Reef, are a hot topic. Information for Darwin and Hobart was obtained through a web page called Weather Zone and is given as an average over the enitre year in 2011. Data for Canberra is not applicable, given it is situated over 100 kilometres inland.

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