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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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This FACT indicates the total number of Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state. Which state takes its footy most seriously? The origins of this sport are obscure and often debated, with the Melbourne Football Club first publishing the laws of the game in 1859, when it became and organized sport. Aussie Rules has the highest spectator attendance of all sports in Australia and is also widely played at the amateur level.
This FACT indicates the number of Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state or territory. Based on numbers from 2014, Western Australia takes the lead, at 273 clubs, but is closely followed by South Australia at 265 clubs. The ACT has the least, at 36 clubs. The data here are in keeping with the fact that the Southern end of Australia follows AFL, whereas the northern states are more concerned with NRL.
This FACT indicates the number of people (15 years and over) who have a bachelor’s degree 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.
This FACT indicates the percentage of males within each Australian capital city who are obese. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI – an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height) exceeds 30kg/m2 (BMI of 30.00).
Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen over 50 percent in the past 20 years.
The city with the highest population of obese males is Brisbane at 32.8 percent. The city with the least obese males is Melbourne at 24.1 percent.
This FACT looks at the estimated average amount spent by State and Territory Governments on cultural activities, expressed as a per person basis. In 2011-2012 the highest estimate of cultural expenditure per person was in the Northern Territory at A$377.90, followed by the Australian Capital Territory A$315.40. The biggest expenditure overall was for environmental heritage - national parks, flora and fauna reserves, zoos, aquaria and botanic gardens.
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.