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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

Greenhouse gas emissions by renewable fuel per 100,000 persons (tonnes)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the amount in tonnes of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions by renewable fuel as a proportion of 100,000 persons in each Australian state. Renewable fuels are those which come from renewable resources, such as biofuels or Hydrogen fuel. These figures have been calculated by taking the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions by renewable fuel in each state and dividing it by 100,000.

Number of admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery per 100,000 persons in each state between 2013 and 2014. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Hospital admissions for elective surgery in Australia have increased over the last few years by as much as 2.9% each year on average. Between 2008 and 2013, admissions from waiting lists increased in every state and territory except for Tasmania. The state/territory with the highest admission per 100,000 persons is South Australia, at 3943.95. The state/territory with the lowest is Queensland at 2942.57.

Number of schools in each city per 10,000 persons aged 5-19 years

This FACT indicates the number of primary and high schools (reception to year 12) within each capital as a proportion of 10,000 people aged from 5 - 19 years. The data reflects numbers for 2012 and was sourced from the Australian Schools Directory, which records the total number of schools in each city's greater area. After standardising these numbers, it was determined that while Sydney and Melbourne have the most schools in hard numbers, Canberra has the highest number of schools per 10,000 person (between the ages of 5 and 19). Hobart showed the lowest number of schools per school aged person, at 10.1. Because each Australian State and Territory govern their own education system, there are variations in the modus operandi from state to state. One these differences is the age of matriculation, which usually ranges between the ages of 17 and 19.

Percentage of population with Australian ancestry living in each city

This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each capital city who consider themselves to have Australian ancestry. Overall, according to the most recent Australian Census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 25.4 percent of Australia's population are of Australian ancestry, compared to 25.9 percent who have an English ancestry; a negligible difference.

The city with the highest percentage of people of Australian ancestry is Hobart, at 32.2 percent. Sydney has the lowest, at 20.4 percent.

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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