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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.

Survey responses also help shape policy and company decisions by contributing to reports and in-depth analysis that Australia’s Best City, and parent company ipData, conducts on their behalf.

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Indigenous Australians in capital cities

This FACT indicates the percentage of Indigenous Australians in each city. The greater proportion of Australia’s Indigenous population live in non-urban areas rather than in cities and Central Business Districts. Nevertheless, Australia’s 8 major city centres are home to 43 per cent of Australia’s Indigenous population. The city with the highest percentage of indigenous population is Darwin, at 9.20 percent. There is a large gap between first and second cities, with Hobart's Indigenous population proportion at 3.10 percent. The city with the smallest Indigenous population is Melbourne, at just 0.5 percent. This data was sourced from the Australian Governments Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Major Cities Unit, State of Australian Cities 2011 document.

Number of green star rated projects in Australia (Regional)

This FACT indicates the Number of certified & registered green star rated projects in each state and territory. Green Star is a national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings. According to the Green Star website, the system was devised for use in the property industry, and to create a common set of criteria and standards for measuring the level of 'environmental friendliness' of buildings. A Green Star award recognises leadership in green design and development in the building industry, and promotes awareness and sustainable practices.

As of January 2014, 647 certified projects and 487 registered projects have been awarded Green Star status. The state with the highest number of green rated buildings is Victoria with 298, followed closely by New South Wales with 293. The state/territory with the least is the Northern Territory with 11.

Number of official festivals and events per 100,000 persons

The Festival state' is a contested title in Australia, with several capitals competing for the crown. While Melbourne has the most events in hard numbers, which city reallly takes festivals seriously?      This FACT indicates the total number of current official festivals and events that will be occuring over the next year (August 2012 - August 2013) per 100,000 people. Note that the figures given in this data do not represent all possible festivals or events that will occur, but show only festivals or events that have been registered and are listed on each Australian states tourism and events website.

The city with the highest number of (officially registered) festivals and events per 100,000 people is Canberra, at 61.7 per 100,000 person. The city with the least is Brisbane, at 5.8 per 100,000 people.

Percentage of people who increased personal water usage

While  Australians are conscious of their water usage and have made great efforts to reduce their consumption, there is still a fluctuation from year to year, as temperatures and rainfall influence usage.     This FACT indicates the percentage of people who increased their personal water use between 2007 and 2008.

This information was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report.The city with the highest increase was Perth, with 8 percent. The city with the smallest increase was Brisbane with 2 percent. Data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.

Percentage of personal income spent on rent

This FACT indicates the percentage of a person's weekly income spent on rent. To achieve this percentage the median personal income of each city is divided by the respective median rent figure. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set, as it is not impacted by outliers (or figures that lie far outside of the regular data range). According to the most recent ABS Census (2011), the city paying the highest percentage of personal income on weekly rent was Sydney, with 57 percent. The city with the lowest percentage was Darwin with 40 percent, followed closely by Canberra at 41 percent. When coupled with data showing the 'richest city', the people of Canberra enjoy more financial liberty, having more disposable income after rental commitments.

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