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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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Average cost for a carton of beer in Australian capital cities

In Australia, as in many countries, buying in bulk is much more cost efficient. Given that Australia's alcohol taxes are amongst the world's highest, coupled with an insatiable thirst for the beverage (Australia's beer consumption is also among the highest in the world), the cost of this favourite 'bevvy' is a common point of discussion. Beer brands of course range in price, and can have up to a A$20 price difference between them. Nonetheless, state taxes and resellers' mark-ups mean that prices range across the country. This FACT indicates the average cost of a carton of full strength beer (ie. 24 x 375ml bottles) in each Australian capital city in 2011. The country's most expensive beer is found in Darwin, where a case on average costs $48.09. The city with the cheapest average carton price is Melbourne, with $40.17.

Please note that these prices exclude promotional prices and 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.

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.

Fertility rates (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total fertility rates in each Australian state. The total fertility rate (TFR) represents the number of children a female could expect to bear during her lifetime if she experienced current age-specific fertility rates at each stage of her reproductive life. The TFR is the sum of age-specific fertility rates (live births at each age of mother per 1,000 of the estimated female population of the same age). The state with the highest fertility rate is the Northern Territory at 2.206 children. The state with the lowest TFR is the Australian Capital Territory at 1.794 children.

Gas usage for household consumption per 100,000 persons (GL)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the household gas usage in gigalitres per 100,000 persons, in each Australian state. The state with the highest usage is Victoria with 48.3 GL per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Tasmania with 0.6 GL per 100,000 people.

*Data for the ACT and the Northern Territory could not be obtained.

Number of persons who were born in the United Kingdom

Given that the Commonwealth of Australia was colonized by Britain in the late 18th century, it is no surprise that a large percentage of the Australian population have British ancestry.  However, the largest wave of British immigrants settled in Australia in the 18th and mid-19th centuries. Since then, immigration in Australia has been much more diverse. This trend was sparked by the first big wave of European and Asian immigrants during the gold rush of the 1850s. Today, not only have immigration procedures become stricter, but international political circumstances are also different, which has created a change in immigration patterns around the world. The percentage of people who presently immigrate from the United Kingdom is therefore far less than in former times, and certainly does not represent the number of Australians with British ancestry.

This FACT indicates the number of people born in the United Kingdom in each Australian city. As per the results of the 2011 Census, the city with the highest number is Perth, at 198,097 persons. The city with the lowest number of persons born in the UK is Darwin, at 4,646.

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