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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

Greenhouse gas emissions by liquid fuels per 100,000 persons (tonnes)(Regional)

Climate change and global warming are hot on the agenda of Australian politics. Individuals and businesses alike are becoming more attuned to the effects and costs of pollution and carbon emissions. This FACT indicates the amount in tonnes of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions by liquid fuels per 100,000 persons in each state and territory.Data for the Australian Capital Territory could not be obtained.

Median household yearly income

This FACT indicates the median yearly household income for the average person in each Australian capital city, across all industries and sectors. This indicator takes all salaries (full-time, part-time and casual) into consideration. It highlights the disparity in income between residents of each capital, and raises questions relating to the distribution of professions and welfare receivers in each city. This indicator was obtained by gathering information from ABS 2011 Census data regarding median weekly household income and multiplying these figures by 52 (the number of a weeks in a year).

The median has been used here as it offers a more accurate reflection of the overall data set since it is not impacted by figures that lie far outside of the regular data range. Hobart has the lowest median yearly income, sitting at just under 55% of the highest Australian earners in Canberra. The higher median yearly incomes seen by Canberrans are likely related to the proportionately high number of government bodies – and therefore public servants – who live there. Darwin is ranked second.

Number of accidental alcohol poisoning deaths in each state (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of diagnosed accidental alcohol poisoning deaths in each state. Alcoholism and binge drinking are real issues in Australia. As a consequence, heavy tax levies and import restrictions are placed on all alcoholic beverages; a rate that varies from state to state. The state with the highest number of deaths by alcohol poisoning was New South Wales with 25 in 2011. The state with the least is tied between the Australian Capital Territory and The Northern Territory, each with 0 diagnosed deaths.

Percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state and territory. In Australia, at the time of being placed on the hospital’s waiting list in each state, it is common for a clinical assessment to be made to determine the urgency of the patient’s required elective surgery. A category 2 admission is for patients who have a chance of their condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability within 90 days, but are not likely to deteriorate. According to statistics collected from 2013 and 2014, the state/territory with the highest percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists is the Northern Territory, at 48.5 percent. The state/territory with the lowest is New South Wales, at 33 percent.

Physical assault victimisation as a percent of all recorded crimes (Regional)

This FACT indicates the physical assault figures in each Australian state. The victimisation rate is defined as the total number of victims of a crime in a given population, expressed as a percentage of that population. A victim may be a person or a household reporting at least one of the crimes surveyed. Victims were counted once only for each type of crime, regardless of the number of incidents of that type.

These statistics are derived from information collected in the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey in 2010 - 2011. The Survey covered only selected types of personal and household crimes. Personal crimes included physical assault, threatened assault, robbery and sexual assault. Household crimes included break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other theft. The state with the highest percentage is Victoria, at 8.2 percent. The state with the lowest is South Australia, at 2.4 percent.

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