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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.

Survey responses also help shape policy and company decisions by contributing to reports and in-depth analysis that Australia’s Best City, and parent company ipData, conducts on their behalf.

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Average price of 285 ml glass of beer in Australian capital cities

Australia has a reputation as an expensive destination - and many locals will agree. As one of the world's highest consumers of beer per capita, the price of beer has always been a hot topic. While the consumption of beer across the country has dipped in recent months, with consumers opting for wine, the indicator is none the less an important one.

This FACT indicates the average cost of a full strength draught beer at a bar or pub in each Australian capital city. The city with the most expensive average price for a 285 ml glass of beer (2011) is Adelaide, at A$4.30. The city with the cheapest average price for a glass of beer is Canberra at A$3.33. Please note that these prices exclude 'happy hours' and bar specials, and, while there are other online 'indexes' that estimate the price of beer based on an average of user responses, here the most official count from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been used.

Percentage of population with an English ancestry in each city

Because of Australia's history of colonisation, a high percentage of Australia's population are of English descent. In the most recent ABS Census, around one quarter of Australians (25.9 percent) identified themselves as having English ancestry.

This FACT indicates  the percentage of people with an English ancestry, living in each capital city. The city with the highest percentage people with English ancestry is Hobart, at 32 .9 percent. Sydney has the lowest percentage, at 20.4.

Percentage of prisoners that have been imprisoned prior to their current episode (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of prisoners that have been imprisoned prior to their current episode in a correctional facility in each Australian state. 

Percentage of students scoring at or above the national minimum average (Regional)

The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are taken each year in May by all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed using the same test items in the assessment domains of reading, persuasive writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The governing body ACARA states that every year, more than one million students sit the NAPLAN tests nationally, providing students, parents, teachers, schools and school systems with important information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students. The results also act as performance indicators that are nationally comparable and serve to inform and support improvements to teaching and learning practices.

This FACT indicates the percentage of all students scoring at or above the national minimum average from each state or territory. The national minimum is the agreed minimum standard expected of students within their own year level, and is represented as the second lowest band on the achievement scale. Children who score in the lowest band are likely to need focussed intervention to progress through schools. The percentages presented here were calculated from the average percentage score forall subject areas and across all year levels in each state and territory.

Note: as the data interpreted is preliminary, results are subject to a degree of error that is likely to be within the vicinity of 0.01 - 0.5 of a percent.

The information is state based (REGIONAL)

The hottest city (summer average, degrees)

This FACT indicates the summer average temperatures of each Australian capital city using data from 2000 to 2015. The island continent of Australia features a wide range of climates, with tropical weather in the north, a hot, dry and arid climate through the interior, and mild - often referred to as Mediterranean - regions of the south and west. Because of the disparity of climatic zones, highest and lowest temperatures should be viewed with caution, and compared to the average rainfall during different seasons; especially if used for planning a holiday or for relocation. Summers are mostly hot through most of the country, with the average January maximum temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (°C) over most of the mainland. The city with the highest average temperature is Darwin with 31.6°C. The city with the lowest average maximum temperature is Hobart with 21.6°C, moderated by the sea and gully winds of the island-state. Bureau of Meteorology data for Canberra is only available from 2008 onwards.

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