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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

Indigenous Australians in capital cities

This FACT indicates the percentage of Indigenous Australians in each city. The greater proportion of Australia’s Indigenous population live in non-urban areas rather than in cities and Central Business Districts. Nevertheless, Australia’s 8 major city centres are home to 43 per cent of Australia’s Indigenous population. The city with the highest percentage of indigenous population is Darwin, at 9.20 percent. There is a large gap between first and second cities, with Hobart's Indigenous population proportion at 3.10 percent. The city with the smallest Indigenous population is Melbourne, at just 0.5 percent. This data was sourced from the Australian Governments Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Major Cities Unit, State of Australian Cities 2011 document.

Real house prices by 30km from CBD in 2009-2010 (in thousands)

This FACT indicates the average real house price in each city by 30 kilometres from the CBD. Real pricing is defined as being adjusted for inflation. House prices in Australian cities have increased faster than any other major economy in the world. However, due to comparatively low interest rates and higher wages, living in Australia is still relatively affordable for residents. Living close to the CBD is seen as more desirable to most people due to lower travel costs for work and easy access to the action in each city. Consequently, due to high demand, houses closer to the CBD have much higher costs. The city with the highest average cost is Sydney. The city with the lowest average cost is Adelaide. Data for Canberra, Darwin and Hobart could not be obtained. Data is indicated in thousands.

The generous city: percentage of volunteers (15 years or older)

This FACT indicates the percentage of those aged 15 years and older that volunteer in their community. The Victorian Community Survey found that there was a strong correlation between the rate of volunteering within a local government area and the degree to which people felt they were part of the community. Volunteering is generally higher in non-metropolitan areas than the capital cities. However, Canberra stands out as the city with the highest rate of volunteering at 21.1 percent, higher than the national average and even higher than in non-metropolitan areas. The city with the lowest rate is Sydney, with 15.1 percent.

The walkability score of each city

This FACT indicates the walkability of a city. has measured the walkability score of each city by measuring the number of typical consumer destinations such as cafes and supermarkets that are within walking distance of a person’s home or dwelling.  A score is then aggregated from 0 to 100 with 0 being a more car dependent city and 100 being a more walkable city. Based on data collected in 2015, the city with the highest score is Sydney at 63 out of 100. In comparison, the most walkable city in the U.S is New York with a score of 87.6. The city with the lowest score is Canberra at 40 out of 100.

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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