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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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Average cost for a carton of beer in Australian capital cities

In Australia, as in many countries, buying in bulk is much more cost efficient. Given that Australia's alcohol taxes are amongst the world's highest, coupled with an insatiable thirst for the beverage (Australia's beer consumption is also among the highest in the world), the cost of this favourite 'bevvy' is a common point of discussion. Beer brands of course range in price, and can have up to a A$20 price difference between them. Nonetheless, state taxes and resellers' mark-ups mean that prices range across the country. This FACT indicates the average cost of a carton of full strength beer (ie. 24 x 375ml bottles) in each Australian capital city in 2011. The country's most expensive beer is found in Darwin, where a case on average costs $48.09. The city with the cheapest average carton price is Melbourne, with $40.17.

Please note that these prices exclude promotional prices and specials, and, while there are other online 'indexes' that estimate the price of beer based on an average of user responses, here the most official count from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been used.

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.

Percentage of unprovoked fatal shark attacks (Regional)

Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, which are an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Worldwide, Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, around half the number of attacks recorded by the United States, whose death toll stands at 1022 (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits often make them appear similar to seals, a sharks usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of fatal shark attacks in each Australian state and territory. The percentage includes all provoked and unprovoked shark attacks, from 1791 to 2012. The Australian Capital Territory has zero recorded attacks as it has no coastal beaches.

Residential electricity price index

As each state has different power suppliers, its does create a disparity in the price of electricity between Australian cities. So, while prices may vary between suppliers, the use of a price index allows for easy comparison between cities and offers a medium for averaging the price of electricity. This FACT indicates the price index for residential electricity supply, as of June 2013, of each Australian capital city, with a base of 100 as per the 2011-12 ABS index.

The coldest city (winter average, degrees)

This FACT indicates the average temperature in winter of each Australian capital city using data from 2000 to 2015. The island continent of Australia features a wide range of climates, with tropical weather in the north, a hot, dry and arid climate through the interior, and mild - often referred to as Mediterranean - regions of the south and west.

Because of the disparity of climatic zones, highest and lowest temperatures should be viewed with caution, and compared to the average rainfall during different seasons; especially if used for planning a holiday or for relocation. Generally, winters are warm in the north and cooler in the south, with overnight frosts common in inland areas south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Only well above sea level does Australia experience the cold winters that can be felt in many parts of North America or Northern Europe.

The city with the lowest average minimum temperature is Canberra with just under 12°C (11.7), closely followed by Hobart at just above 13°C (13.1). The city with the highest average minimum temperature is Darwin with 31.2°C, unsurprising given its tropical climate. Temperatures for Canberra have only been recorded from 2008 to 2015.

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