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This FACT indicates the average Internet upload speeds for each city. These numbers are taken from Net Index by Ookla, which uses user driven statistics from the website speedtest.net to determine the average download and upload speeds for each Australian city. Net Index makes use of the information generated by users testing their internet speeds on the website. The numbers are calculated by up to 8.62 million individual IP addresses across Australia. The numbers are in Megabits per Second, where 1 Mbps converts to 0.125 megabytes per second of upload speed.
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 254,601 km of overhead network lines. The state with the fewest thousands of kilometres is the Northern Territory at 5,167 km of network lines. The data is from the years 2014 to 2015.
This FACT indicates the life expectancy at birth rates of each Australian state per 1,000 persons. The state with the highest life expectancy at birth is the Australian Capital Territory, at 83.25. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory, at 77.15
Which is Australia's fattest state? This FACT indicates the proportion of overweight or obese females in each Australian state/territory. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as overweight, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI), an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height, exceeds 25 kg/m2 (BMI of 25.00). When BMI exceeds 30.00, a person is considered obese.
Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen over 50 percent in the past 20 years.
The state with the highest population of overweight or obese females is Tasmania, at 60.9 percent. The city that scored the lowest is Western Australia, at 54.6 percent. Interestingly enough, females gathered a lower percentage than males across the board.
This FACT indicates the total domestic freight, in tonnes, of product per kilometres moved by all freight modes (road, rail and shipping) per state. This number is represented in billions.
In its broadest sense, freight transport describes the movement of physical items between locations. A summary of freight statistics is provided classified by mode of transport. Freight is further classified into bulk and non-bulk segments. Two measures of freight transport are currently provided in the framework: the weight of freight moved in Australia (measured in millions of tonnes) and distance moved (measured in tonne kilometres, the transport task performed in moving one tonne of freight one kilometre). The state with the highest number is Western Australia with 235.7 billion tonnes per km. The state/territory with the lowest was ACT with 0.3 billion tonnes per km. It is worth mentioning that the small area of the ACT would be a key aspect in understanding this result.