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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

CPI indicator - how affordable is each Australian city?

This FACT indicates the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for each city. CPI measures changes in the price level of consumer goods and services purchased by households, from a base level of 100. The CPI in the United States is defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as 'a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.' Any increase or decrease of price is then indexed against the base 'price' of 100; a 10 percent increase is therefore expressed as an index of 110.

The CPI is a statistical estimate constructed using the prices of a sample of representative items whose prices are collected periodically. The indexes are an important indicator into the financial health of a country.On a city-to-city comparison from 2013, Darwin's CPI was the highest, at 108.7. The city with the lowest was Hobart with 105.7.

Life expectancy at birth (Regional)

This FACT indicates the death/mortality rates of each Australian state per 1,000 persons. Standardised death rates (SDRs) enable the comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population. SDRs are expressed per 1,000 persons. The state with the highest mortality rate per 1000 people is the the Australian Capital Territory at 5.3. The state with the lowest mortality rate is Queensland at 2.8 per 1,000 persons. The state/territory with the highest SDR’s in the Northen Territory, at 7.7 deaths per 1,000 persons. The ACT has lowests SDR at 4.9 deaths per 1,000 person, which is below the National average of 5.5 deaths per 1,000 persons.

Number of people with a bachelor's degree qualification who are male

This FACT indicates the number of people with a bachelor’s degree qualification who are male in each capital. A bachelor’s degree is typically earned after undertaking 3 to 5 years of undergraduate study, although this range can vary depending on the field of study, study load and, of course, the student’s diligence.

Number of persons who speak Chinese languages at home

This FACT indicates the number of people in Australian capitals who speak a Chinese language at home. While Mandarin and Cantonese are the most commonly known Chinese languages, there are many other regional dialects.

The number of people who speak Chinese languages at home offers insight into the number of first and second generation Chinese Australians living in a city, as well as the ethnic distribution within a city (that is, the assimilationof different cultures in multicultural neighbourhoods, as opposed to mono-cultural neighbourhoods).

Unsurprisingly, the city with the highest number of people who speak a Chinese language at home is Sydney, the city with the largest Chinese population, at 283,969. The city with the lowest is Hobart at 2,313, followed closely by Darwin at 2,369. This data was collected in the 2011 ABS Census.

Number of persons with Islamic affiliation

This FACT indicates the number of people with an Islamic affiliation in each Australian capital city. Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, considered by its adherents to be the word of Allah (Arabic for God) (Wikipedia, 2014). Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country and is home to 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. The religion is also widely practiced in South Asia, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa.     

ABS Census results from 2011 show that the city with the highest number of people with an Islamic affiliation is Sydney, at 208,148. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 1,160.

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