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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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Australian Cities Liveability Score (survey)

This FACT indicates the results of a qualitative survey, AUSPOLL survey', measuring how liveable residents considered their city to be. Although 'liveability' as a concept is subjective, qualitative data is sought after in both the public and private spheres, it used by public and private bodies to make informed policy and investment decisions. While there is no definitive set of criteria that constitute liveability, there are some commonly acknowledged characteristics of cities that enhance quality of life. In 2013, the annual survey of Australian cities was commissioned by the Property Council of Australia (PCA). It asked people to rank the importance they placed on a set of 17 attributes that make their city liveable, grouped as follows: safety, accessibility, affordability, health, diversity, environmental sustainability, quality design and amenity. For the first time in four years, Canberra trumped Adelaide in the report for the nation's most liveable city.

Average weekly household expenditure on goods & services (dollars)

This FACT indicates the total household expenditure on goods and services over a week in each city. While housing comprises the largest proportion of household expenditure, there are other costs of living which influence the affordability of cities. The ABS Household Expenditure Survey, conducted every five years, collects information on household expenditure on housing, transport, energy, water and a range of consumer goods and services. This is an important source of information, and affords important insight into the cost of living in each city.

Data from the 2009 & 2010 survey shows that Canberra households spend the most on goods and services in Australia, the average expenditure per household totalling $1,321a week. The city with the lowest is Adelaide with $1,128 per week. This point makes it an interesting destination for thrifty and financially savvy travellers, and partly explains the increasing interest in Adelaide as an Australian holiday destination.

Another point of interest is the rising cost of living in each of the Australian cities: between 1998 and 2010, household expenditure in Canberra has increased more than any other capital.  Household expenditure in Brisbane and Perth is now equivalent to that of Sydney and Melbourne, also demonstrating a large increase in cost.

Carbon emissions per 100,000 persons (tonnes) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the carbon emissions - a form of greenhouse gas - in each state and territory in 2009. This data is represented in millions of tonnes per 100,000 people. The state with the highest number of carbon emissions is the Northern Territory at 14 million tonnes per 100,000 people. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory at 0.28 million tonnes: unsurprising given its small population and lack of mining or agricultural activity.

Number of people travelling to work by taxi per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates how frequently taxis are used as a method of transport for travelling to work, per 100,000 people in each Australian state and territory for the year 2011. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory with 154 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Victoria with 91 per 100,000 people.

This is certainly in keeping with data that shows that Darwin has the lowest percentage of public transport use in Australia. In considering the link between low use of public transport and higher frequency of taxi commuting, it could be a question of infrastructure, or lack thereof.

Percentage of obese 18-24 year olds

Which Australian city has the fattest 18-24 year olds? Obesity and being overweight is a serious health problem in Australia, which is classified as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. The phenomenon has been described as an 'epidemic' because of how quickly Australian waistlines have expanded and thereby increased the chance and frequency of weight-related illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.00 and above is considered obese by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

This FACT indicates the proportion of people who have a BMI of 30.00 and over, and are thus classified as obese. The city with the highest proportion of 18-24 year olds who are classified as obese is Perth, with 23.6 percent of the population, 4.7 percent higher than Brisbane, which came second highest. However, it is worth noting that estimates for Canberra and Darwin have a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be considered with caution. The data here represent figures for the years 2011 to 2012.

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