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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

Fatal road accident rate per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of fatal road accidents that occur per 100,000 persons in each Australian state. This is different from the number of road fatalities, as only the cars are accounted for in a fatal road accident, whereas multiple passengers and drivers are accounted for in road fatalities. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory, at 17.48 per 100,000 persons. The state with the lowest number of road accidents is the Australian Capital Territory at 2.26 per 100,000 persons.

Median personal weekly income

This FACT indicates the median personal weekly income of each capital city. Personal income is an individual’s total earnings from wages, investment interest, and other sources, and before deductions for tax, superannuation contributions, health insurance, salary sacrificed, or any other automatic deductions. The 2016 Census collected personal weekly income for all persons aged 15 years and over. People were asked to report the total of all their wages and salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and any other income they usually receive. The median has been utilised here 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). The city with the highest average personal weekly income is Darwin at A$1,052 per week and the lowest was Adelaide, with an average weekly income of A$617 per week.

Number of people who speak Greek at home

This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Greek at home. In the middle of the 20th century, thousands of Greeks immigrated into Australia as part of the Australian Government “Populate or Perish” incentive. Most Greek immigrants settled in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney as they seemed like the best places to find work. During this time, the Greeks influenced a large cultural change in Australian cities with the growth of Greek cuisine and community clubs in each city. This data was collected for the 2016 ABS Census. The city with highest number is Melbourne at 107,386. The city with the lowest number is Hobart at 1,020.

Number of startups per 100,000 persons (Regional)

A startup is a company or partnership that has been newly formed with the intent of scalable business model. Startups often launch with relatively few finances with the intention of securing seed funding or venture capital. Their resurgence in recent years has engendered an increasing number of incubators and collaborative workspaces, and thus the number of these types of workspaces and the number of startups in a city is usually positively correlated. The majority of startups work within the technology and IT industries, and are becoming an increasingly important indicator of the innovation, attractiveness, and financial sustainability of a city.

This FACT indicates the number of startups in each state and territory, per 100,000 persons. While New South Wales has the most startup activity of any Australian city, Queensland has the most startups proportionate to the population size, at 7.39 startups per 100,000 persons. The Australian Capital Territory came in at a close second, at 7.27 per 100,000.

Percentage of household income spent on rent

This FACT indicates the percentage of family weekly income spent on rent. To achieve this percentage, the median family 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 Census data (2016), the city with the highest percentage proportion of family income spent on rent is Sydney with 22.1 percent, followed closely by Brisbane with 19.5 percent. The city with the lowest percentage proportion is Canberra, with 15.6 percent.

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