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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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Education participation of people aged 15 to 24 years

This FACT indicates the education participation rate of those aged between 15 and 24 years of age in each Australian capital city from the year 2010. Data for this indicator were collected from the 2010 ABS Survey of Education and Work. The data shows that young Canberrans have the highest participation rate in educational institutions, at 66 percent. The lowest percentile was found in Darwin, at 47 percent.

Number of people who were born in the United Kingdom per 100,000 persons

Given that the Commonwealth of Australia was colonized by Britain in the late 18th century, it is no surprise that there is a large percentage of the Australian population who have British ancestry.  However, the largest wave of British immigrants settled in Australia in the 18th and mid-19th centuries. Since then, immigration in Australia is much more diverse. This trend was sparked by the first big wave of European and Asian immigrants during the gold rush of the 1850s. Today, migration procedures have become stricter and international political circumstances are different, which has created a change in immigration patterns around the world. The percentage of people who presently immigrate from the United Kingdom is therefore far less than in former times, and certainly does not represent the number of Australians with British ancestry.

This FACT indicates the number of people born in the United Kingdom per 100,000 persons in each Australian city. According to the results of the 2011 Census, the city with the highest proportion of UK Born people is Perth, at 11,458 per 100,000. The city with the least is Darwin, at 3,853 per 100,000.

Speeding fine cost as a deterrent (at exactly 5 km/h over the limit)

Research shows that penalties for speeding such as demerit points or cost can often be an effective tool in reducing the number of accidents on our roads. The 'Cameras Save Lives' campaign by the Victorian Government is typical of the rationale.

The cost of infringements is extremely high in most Australian cities, though some face more punitive fines than others.  This FACT indicates the cost of a speeding fine in each Australian city when the speed of the vehicle exceeds to exactly 5 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.

This indicator also appears in the 'Cost of Living' indicator given that the size and frequency fines can have a significant impact on household, Governments sometimes accused of setting high fine levels as a revenue raising measure.

Total number of hospital beds per 1,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of beds per 1,000 people within each Australian state's hospitals. This FACT takes into account the number of hospital beds in public hospitals only.  

While the term 'hospital bed' (a bed specifically designed for use in a hospital) can refer to the actual bed, the term 'bed' is also used to describe the amount of space in a health care facility. In other words, the capacity of a hospital is measured in the number of beds available for patients. 

According to data collected by the AIHW in 2011-2012, the state with the most hospital beds per 1,000 people is tied between the Northern Territory and South Australia, at 3.28 beds per 1,000 persons. The state with the smallest number of hospital beds is Tasmania, at 2.40 beds per 1,000 people.

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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