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This FACT indicates the median age of each Australian capital city. Australia is currently going through a transition stage, meaning the population on the whole is ageing. This is partly explained by the fact that the baby boomers of the mid 20th century are now growing older, leaving behind a smaller proportion of a younger population due to families having fewer children. Migration also has an impact, since most immigrants who are naturalised are adults, or approaching adulthood. The city with the highest median age is tied between Adelaide and Hobart, at 39. Australia's youngest capital city is Darwin, with a median at 33 years old.
This FACT indicates the number of green star rated projects as a proportion of 100,000 people which operate within the respective Australian states.
A Green Star project is one that has been certified under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The GBCA's Green Star rating system is awarded to projects that have been implemented with the aim of reducing their environmental impact. The project can be a building, a number of buildings, or a fit-out. The certification is given to both new projects and projects that have undergone extensive renovations. In real numbers, Victoria and New South Wales would certainly have the most green-star rated projects, according to the GBCA. Comparing the number of green-star projects against the population, however, shows that the Australian Capital Territory has the most green-star rated projects, at 20.99 per 100,000 people.
This FACT indicates the percentage of children aged 5 to 14 years who own mobile phones in each state and territory.
Mobile ownership of younger generations can indicate the wealth and connectivity of a city. As technology advances, so do the instances in which we make use of new and modern devices in our every day lives; thus, the number of children who own mobile phones is increasing.
The state/territory with the highest percentage of children who own a mobile phone is Tasmania, at 31.9 percent, followed closely by the Australian Capital Territory, at 31.4 percent. The states/territories with the lowest ownership are tied between the Northern Territory and Victoria, both at 28 percent.
This FACT indicates the percentage of couple families without children within each Australian capital. Data collected in 2011 Census shows the average percentage of couples without children in Australia is 37.8. The city with the highest percentage is Hobart, at 39.6 percent. The city with the lowest is Sydney, at 33.5 percent.
This FACT indicates the percentage households in each state using rainwater tanks as a water source. The numbers have increased in recent years thanks to the state restrictions on mains water usage, plus new state laws which require all new dwellings, plus select extensions and renovations on dwellings, to install rainwater tanks for private use.
The measures are aimed at making dwellings more sustainable, and relieving pressure on mains water supplies. The data was collected from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2013. Statistics for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory could not be obtained.