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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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Incidence of reported crimes per 100,000 persons (Regional)

Crime statistics are often positively correlated with lack of financial prosperity, therefore criminal activity tends to be more prevalent in places with high unemployment rates and low income earners. Given Australia's relative wealth, comprehensive welfare system, and relatively small divide between rich and poor, Australian crime rates are lower than what is experienced in other developed nations.

Nonetheless, the incidence of crime is still a problem in Australia: alcohol-fuelled violence and hate crimes are often reported in the media, and are a point of concern for lawmakers, law enforcement agencies, and community citizens alike.

This FACT indicates the number of reported crimes per 100,000 persons for each state and territory between 2012 and 2013. Reported crimes include; homicide, acts intended to cause injury, sexual assault, dangerous/negligent acts, abduction/harassment, robbery/extortion, unlawful entry with intent, theft, fraud/deception, illicit drug offences, prohibited/regulated weapons, property damage, public order offences, offences against justice, and miscellaneous offences.

Number of food trucks in operation in Australian capital cities

A food truck is basically a mobile kitchen that transports and sells food to customers, most commonly located in the CBD of a city. A typical example would be the old fashioned ice cream truck or pie cart, that most people would associate the selling of food from a mobile truck. Since the influx of American style food and food culture in Australia, the Texan style ‘Chuck Wagon’ have been erecting all throughout some Australian capital cities. Although a higher proportion of food trucks now serve American style burgers, hot dogs and fries, there are still many Mexican, South American, Asian and Dessert style food carts trailing each city.

An Honourable mention would also have to go Adelaide’s pie cart movement in the late 1800’s, which made the traditional “Pie-Floater” world famous today, with approximately 13 pie carts operating in the CBD in the 1870’s.

This FACT indicates the number of food trucks that have operated in each capital city over the last 2 months, and are registered online at ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ in February 2014. Melbourne has the highest number of food trucks, at 30. Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth scored the lowest at 0. Each has not had any operating food trucks within the last 2 months, as registered by ‘WhereTheTruck.At’.

*The data is based solely on food trucks registered with ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ and active within the last 2 months. This does not have any relation to the total amount of food truck licences awarded by each city’s council, currently used in each city.

Number of universities in each state per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of universities in each state, per 100,000 people (expressed as a ratio) from the year 2012. The state with the largest number of universities per 100,000 people is the Australian Capital Territory, at 0.56 universities. The state with the smallest number is New South Wales, at 0.16 per 100,000 each.

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.

Total number of unprovoked shark attack cases (Regional)

Australia's exotic - and sometimes vicious - wildlife is an oft cited characteristic of the island continent, with Australia's sharks taking a large portion of the conversations. Sharks, however, perhaps are more feared than what they deserve, since in the majority of states have very few recorded cases over the past 221 years.

This FACT indicates the total number of recorded unprovoked shark attack cases from 1791 to 2012, in each Australian state and territory. There is huge disparity in the numbers, with Queensland and New South Wales leading the tally by far. The Australian Capital Territory has a count of zero since it has no costal beaches.

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