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Percentage of personal income spent on rent



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This FACT indicates the percentage of a person's weekly income spent on rent. To achieve this percentage the median personal income of each city is divided by the respective median rent figure. 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). According to the most recent ABS Census (2016), the city paying the highest percentage of personal income on weekly rent was Sydney, with 61.2 percent. The city with the lowest percentage was Canberra with 38.4 percent, followed closely by Darwin at 39.9 percent. When coupled with data showing the 'richest city', the people of Canberra enjoy more financial liberty, having more disposable income after rental commitments.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statstics, 2016

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