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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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Featured Facts

Australian Cities Liveability Score (survey)

This FACT indicates the results of a qualitative survey, AUSPOLL survey', measuring how liveable residents considered their city to be. Although 'liveability' as a concept is subjective, qualitative data is sought after in both the public and private spheres, it used by public and private bodies to make informed policy and investment decisions. While there is no definitive set of criteria that constitute liveability, there are some commonly acknowledged characteristics of cities that enhance quality of life. In 2013, the annual survey of Australian cities was commissioned by the Property Council of Australia (PCA). It asked people to rank the importance they placed on a set of 17 attributes that make their city liveable, grouped as follows: safety, accessibility, affordability, health, diversity, environmental sustainability, quality design and amenity. For the first time in four years, Canberra trumped Adelaide in the report for the nation's most liveable city.

Number of people with Jewish affiliation per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number Australians with Buddhist affiliation per 100,000 persons, in each capital city. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The word ‘Buddha’ means the awakened or enlightened one. It is primarily practiced in Asia, and Buddhist tradition acknowledges that the roots of the religion lie in the eastern part of the Indian Subcontinent, where Buddha lived and taught.

ABS Census results from 2011 show that the city with the highest number of Buddhists is Sydney, at 180,420. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 1,816 people.

Percentage of households that own a bicycle

This FACT indicates the percentage of households in each Australian city that own a bicycle. Although the weather across Australia permits cycling more than other continents, cycling for transport or recreation is less popular, likely influenced by the large distances between destinations, as well as the limited access to bike lanes.

In August 2011, the Australian Bicycle Council released the results of the National Cycling Participation Survey. The survey found that in a typical week, around 18% of Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation. The city with the highest percentage of households that own at least one bicycle is Canberra, at 78 percent. The city with the lowest percentage is Adelaide, at 64 percent. This may be influenced by the fact that Adelaide has one of the largest urban sprawls compared to the size of its inner city, spanning over 100km from north to south.

State and Territory government expenditure on musical theatre and opera (millions)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the amount of spending by State and Territory Governments on musical theatre and the opera in 2012-2013.  This is defined as performances where there is a relatively even balance between musical and theatrical elements. The numbers are represented in millions of dollars.

The generous city: percentage of volunteers (15 years or older)

This FACT indicates the percentage of those aged 15 years and older that volunteer in their community. The Victorian Community Survey found that there was a strong correlation between the rate of volunteering within a local government area and the degree to which people felt they were part of the community. Volunteering is generally higher in non-metropolitan areas than the capital cities. However, Canberra stands out as the city with the highest rate of volunteering at 21.1 percent, higher than the national average and even higher than in non-metropolitan areas. The city with the lowest rate is Sydney, with 15.1 percent.

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