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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

Average internet download speeds (Mbps)

This FACT indicates the average Internet download speeds for each city. These numbers are taken from Net Index by Ookla, which uses user driven statistics from the website to find the average download and upload speeds in each Australian city. This information is generated from users testing their internet speeds on the Net Index, which can then be used to find an average score. The numbers are calculated by up to 8.62 million individual IP addresses across Australia. The reason for Darwin's such high figures are due to their use of the National Broadband Network infrastructure (FTTP). The numbers are in Megabits per Second, where 1 Mbps converts to 0.125 megabytes per second of download speed.

Number of people travelling to work by motorbike or scooter per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates how many people use motorbikes and scooters to commute to work per 100,000 persons in each Australian state. Given that this form of transport is better for the environment and can reduce traffic congestion, the data is sorted from high to low.

The state with the highest number of motorbike or scooter commuters is the Northern Territory at 670 per 100,000 people. The state with the least is Victoria at 199 per 100,000 people.

Petroleum usage for manufacturing per 100,000 persons (GL)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the petroleum usage for manufacturing per 100,000 persons (gigalitres) in each Australian state and territory. The state with the highest usage is Queensland, at 9.7 GL per 100,000 persons. The state with the lowest usage is the South Australia, at 2.9 GL per 100,000 persons.

*Data for the ACT, the Northern Territory and Tasmania could not be obtained.

Physical assault victimisation as a percent of all recorded crimes (Regional)

This FACT indicates the physical assault figures in each Australian state. The victimisation rate is defined as the total number of victims of a crime in a given population, expressed as a percentage of that population. A victim may be a person or a household reporting at least one of the crimes surveyed. Victims were counted once only for each type of crime, regardless of the number of incidents of that type.

These statistics are derived from information collected in the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey in 2010 - 2011. The Survey covered only selected types of personal and household crimes. Personal crimes included physical assault, threatened assault, robbery and sexual assault. Household crimes included break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other theft. The state with the highest percentage is Victoria, at 8.2 percent. The state with the lowest is South Australia, at 2.4 percent.

QS World University Ranking

This FACT indicates the median rating of all Australian capital city universities combined according to the QS World University Ranking system from the year 2015. The QS World University Rankings is an annual release of the world’s top 700 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds, and has been calculated since 2004. It employs a combination of both qualitative and quantitative indicators covering four key areas of concern for students: research, employability, teaching and internationalization. The research currently considers over 2,000 universities, which are ranked according to their score out of 100 across all categories: the top 400 are ranked individually, while those placed 401 and below are ranked in groups.

Specifically, the rankings are compiled using the following six weighted indicators: Academic reputation (40%) Employer reputation (10%) Faculty/student ratio (20%) Citations per faculty (20%) International faculty ratio (5%), international student ratio (5%) and reputational rankings by faculty area. According to the 2015 rankings, Canberra is placed the highest of its Australian counterparts at 19, with a score of 91.0. Darwin is ranked the lowest, within the group 551-600, with no score visible. 

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