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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

Length of overhead energy transmission network lines (km) (Regional)

The most common way energy is transmitted through a city is by overhead energy transmission network lines. A major benefit of overhead power lines is that it has much lower costs than undergroud transmission. Some of the disadvantages is that overhead transmission lines are likely to be affected by adverse weather conditions, which can lead to power outages.

This FACT indicates the total length of energy transmission networks (overhead lines) in kilometres in each state. This number is represented in thousands. The state with the largest amount is New South Wales at 268,378 km of overhead network lines. The state with the fewest thousands of kilometres is the Northern Territory at 5,676 km of network lines. The data is from the years 2009 to 2010.

Minutes delayed per hour during peak-time congestion

This FACT indicates the number of minutes delay for each hour driven as a result of congestion in Australian capital cities. Congestion during peak hours, specifically in the morning and evening rush periods from Monday to Friday often result in long delays for commuters. The city with the longest delay due to congestion is Sydney, at a staggering 40 additional minutes for each hour driven during peak time. The city with the shortest delay is Canberra, at 22 minutes per hour. Data for Darwin and Hobart could not be obtained. This data was collected in 2014.

Percentage of secondary students completing year 12 (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of secondary students that complete their year 12 studies across each state from the year 2010. Within Australia, Year 12 attainment is regarded as a key factor in the formal development of an individual's skills and knowledge. Those who have completed Year 12 have a greater likelihood of continuing with further study, particularly in tertiary education, as well as entering into the workforce.

This indicator was sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website which outlines the year 12 attainment percentage of each city in the years 2001, 2005 and 2010. From these statistics, high school students in the Australian Capital Territory were found to have the highest completion rate at 82 percent. The Northern Territory had the lowest completion rate, at 58 percent.

Percentage of smokers

Which Australian city smokes the most?

Smoking is a hot topic in Australia: it was the first country to introduce plain package cigarettes, and has heavy taxes on tobacco products. These federal measures are aimed at reducing the number of smokers in the country, and thereby the number of smoking-related illnesses and deaths that occur each year. The two most recent estimates for deaths caused by tobacco are by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The DoHA estimates 14,901 tobacco-attributable deaths in Australia (based on figures from 2004-05) and the estimates 15,511 deaths (based on figures from 2003). The differences in estimates are due to differing methodologies and reference years. Based on figures from the AIHW and DoHA reports, Tobacco in Australia estimates that there are 15,000 deaths annually due to tobacco. Even with conservative methodologies, the numbers are troubling.

This FACT indicates the total percentage of smokers in each Australian capital city. Data collected in 2011 indicates that the city with the highest rate of smokers is Darwin, at 27 percent. The city with the lowest is Perth, at 11.5 percent.

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.

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