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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.

Percentage of households that own a bicycle

This FACT indicates the percentage of households in each Australian city that own a bicycle. Although the weather across Australia permits cycling more than other continents, cycling for transport or recreation is less popular, likely influenced by the large distances between destinations, as well as the limited access to bike lanes.

In August 2011, the Australian Bicycle Council released the results of the National Cycling Participation Survey. The survey found that in a typical week, around 18% of Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation. The city with the highest percentage of households that own at least one bicycle is Canberra, at 78 percent. The city with the lowest percentage is Adelaide, at 64 percent. This may be influenced by the fact that Adelaide has one of the largest urban sprawls compared to the size of its inner city, spanning over 100km from north to south.

Percentage of overweight females

Which is Australia's fattest city? This FACT indicates the proportion of overweight or obese females in each Australian city. 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 city with the highest population of overweight or obese females is Hobart, at 61.5 percent. The city that scored the lowest is Melbourne, at 53.9 percent. Interestingly enough, females gathered a lower percentage than males across the board. This data was collected from 2011-2012.

Psychological distress levels in adults per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the psychological distress levels of adults in each Australian capital city, per 100,000 persons.

Mental health problems can stem from factors that are associated with attributes of a low socio-economic background, such as unemployment, lower income and poor physical health. The numbers, obtained from the State of Australian Cities 2011 Report, uses data gathered from the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale. The scale measures non-specific psychological distress based on 10 questions asked of respondents about negative emotional states.

The city which reported 'high' and 'highest' levels of distress was Canberra, at 10.0 per 100,000 people. Adelaide was ranked second with a marginal difference (9.4 per 100,000). The city with the lowest levels of psychological distress was Hobart, at 4.1 people per 100,000.

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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