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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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Cost of a single-trip regular bus fare

This FACT indicates the cost of a single-trip regular bus fare in each city. The prices are based on a peak adult ticket price. Public transport is not as widely used in Australia as in other countries, especially those that have high-density populations. It remains, however, a money-smart option for commuters, and is a viable option to help reduce the impact of pollution on cities. While these are strong points in favour of using public transport, the connections, infrastructure, and price of a ticket can deter commuters from taking this option. The city with the highest fare is Melbourne at $3.58. The city with the cheapest fare is Sydney at $2.30.

*All regular adult fares are based on each city’s metro prepaid travel card price with the exception of Darwin, where there is no current metro travel card available. The price of Darwin’s standard one-trip ticket has been used.

International university students per number of universities (Regional)

This FACT indicates the proportion of overseas students that are enrolled at university, per the number of universities within each Australian state, for the year 2014. This number is represented in thousands.

According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), international students are those who travel to a country different from their own for the purpose of tertiary study. Despite this, the definition of an international student varies in each country according to their national education system. The state with the highest number of international students per number of universities is Victoria, at 13,602. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 1,820.

*International students that are enrolled with private providers have been added to this count, however, only the number of university institutions have been used to standardise the data.

Number of persons with Jewish affiliation

This FACT indicates the number of Australians with Jewish affiliation in each Australian city. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, articulated by the Torah and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts. The majority of the world’s Jewish population resides in Israel, followed by North America.

Data from the 2011 Census shows that the city with the highest number of people with Jewish affiliation is Melbourne, at 44,540. The city with the lowest number of people with Jewish affiliation is Darwin, at 105.     

Percentage of the population who have completed year 12 or equivalent

This FACT indicates the percentage of the population who have completed year 12 or equivalent. While it is compulsory for children to attend school from the ages 5 to 15, and in some cases 17, it is not compulsory to complete high school after these ages. The age at which you can leave school varies from state to state. Because of this, Australia does not have very high year 12 completion rates. Many students choose to end their high school education in order to pursue career paths and options that do not require the completion of year 12 studies or their equivalent. 

Residential electricity price index

As each state has different power suppliers, its does create a disparity in the price of electricity between Australian cities. So, while prices may vary between suppliers, the use of a price index allows for easy comparison between cities and offers a medium for averaging the price of electricity. This FACT indicates the price index for residential electricity supply, as of June 2013, of each Australian capital city, with a base of 100 as per the 2011-12 ABS index.

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