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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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Featured Facts

Amount of rainfall in winter

This FACT indicates the amount of rainfall in each Australian capital city during the winter of 2015. In wintertime, the regions that are usually very dry for the remainder of the year, experience heavier rainfall than usual. From June to August, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide (the southernmost cities with the exception of Hobart), which are the driest in summer, are the wettest in winter due to the southern cold troughs bringing a cool change and rain. All of the tropical cities experience less rainfall in this season due to the El Nino weather system that instigates a cool water change, as the winds bring the warm water to the other side of the Pacific.

Average annual afternoon relative humidity

This FACT indicates the average annual afternoon relative humidity measured at 3pm in each Australian city between the years 1981 and 2010. The relative humidity measures the amount of water vapour in the air as a percentage of the maximum water vapour the air can hold. Therefore relative humidity is measured as a percentage. A relative humidity reading of 100% means that the air is completely saturated with water and cannot hold anymore. Relative humidity near the ground could be much less, therefore there does not need to be a reading of 100% for it to be raining. The statistics expressed here came from Bureau of Meteorology data collected from 1981 to 2012. The city with the highest humidity is between Brisbane and Sydney at 56 percent, followed closely by Hobart at 55 percent. The city with the lowest is Perth at 45 percent, with Canberra and Adelaide not far ahead at 46 and 47 percent respectively.

Number of days waited for admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of days waited for patient admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in the 90th percentile. The 90th percentile means that 90 percent of the people admitted from waiting lists are admitted within and beyond 365 days. The other 10% are outliers and fall outside the range of the other 90 percent either above or below. The state/territory with the highest number of days waited is Tasmania at 401 days. The state/territory with the lowest number of days waited is Western Australia at 142 days, followed closely by Queensland, at 186 days.

Number of persons working in school education per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of people working in school education per 100,000 people in each city. Australia-wide, 2173 persons work within the school education field per 100,000. This data can be seen in the 2011 ABS Census. The city with the most people working in school education is Hobart, at 2687 per 100,000 people. The city with the lowest is Sydney, at 1881 per 100,000 people.

Proportion of households with rainwater tanks

This  FACT indicates the percentage of each capital city's population that have rain water tanks installed in their home. A rainwater tank is a container for storing captured water. In Australia, a country prone to drought drought, a rainwater tank can provide relief on the mains (or city's) water supplies, or supplement mains water usage for drinking water, irrigation agriculture, fire suppression, agricultural farming, chemical manufacturing, and food preparation, to name a few. 

Water tanks are a viable solution to combating the ever increasing water problems Australia faces, and for this reason, many states now require that new dwellings, and some extensions to existing dwellings, include a rainwater tank in their plans. The state with the highest percentage of people with rainwater tanks from 2013 is in Brisbane at 47 percent, followed closely by Adelaide at 45 percent. The state with the lowest is Perth with 9 percent. (data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.)

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