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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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AFL All-Australian players by state of birth per 100,000 (Regional)

Australian Rules football, also known as Aussie Rules, is one of Australia’s most beloved sports. Born in the backyard of Australia, it is the only major sport to be invented in Australia. The governing body and national league of Aussie Rules is called the AFL. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL), but rebranded as the AFL in 1990 to reflect the growing number of non-Victorian based clubs joining the competition. Every year a total of the best 22 players from all teams in the AFL are strategically picked to make up the All-Australian team. 

This FACT indicates the number of All-Australians since 1991 per 100,000, by the state or territory they were born in (not necessarily the state of origin).

*If a player’s birthplace could not be identified, their state of origin (state where their junior career started) has been assumed as their birthplace.

*Players born overseas have not been included in this FACT.

Density of CBD (people per km2)

This FACT indicates the population density of the CBD (Central Business District) in each Australian capital city. The CBD density of Australia's capital cities is constantly growing, as more people seek to live in the CBD, as well as inner-city suburbs. High-density living is influenced by many factors, including accommodation availability and infrastructure, but it is also an important factor for the development of new city infrastructure, including public spaces and public transport services.

The Australian city with the highest population density is Sydney, with 6947 people per square kilometre. The least dense is Hobart, at 125 people per square kilometre.

Median household weekly income

This FACT indicates the average household weekly income in each Australian capital city. Household weekly incomes were not expressly collected in the Census, but can be derived from personal income data. As it is not possible to aggregate personal income ranges, a specific dollar amount was imputed for each personal income range selected by families or household members. For the 2011 Census processing, the weighted median estimates of gross weekly personal income from the 2009-10 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), adjusted for inflation to mid-2011, were calculated for each of the reported ranges in the Census. 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). These averages were then allocated to each person who reported an income range in the Census. The city with the highest average household weekly income is Canberra with A$1947 per week. The city with the lowest is Hobart with A$1065 per week.

Number of persons who speak Chinese languages at home

This FACT indicates the number of people in Australian capitals who speak a Chinese language at home. While Mandarin and Cantonese are the most commonly known Chinese languages, there are many other regional dialects.

The number of people who speak Chinese languages at home offers insight into the number of first and second generation Chinese Australians living in a city, as well as the ethnic distribution within a city (that is, the assimilationof different cultures in multicultural neighbourhoods, as opposed to mono-cultural neighbourhoods).

Unsurprisingly, the city with the highest number of people who speak a Chinese language at home is Sydney, the city with the largest Chinese population, at 283,969. The city with the lowest is Hobart at 2,313, followed closely by Darwin at 2,369. This data was collected in the 2011 ABS Census.

Percentage of survivors of unprovoked shark attacks (Regional)

Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and is an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, which is a little less than half the total of the United States, at 1022 total reported cases (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits make them appear quite seal-like, and thus like sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is one which is initiated by the shark, without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of persons who have survived a shark attack (sustaining injuries) in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2012. It also appears  unranked in the Climate and Environment category. The ACT has been left out of this category due to its complete lack of coastal area and thus an absence of shark attacks.

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