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Median household yearly income

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This FACT indicates the median yearly household income for the average person in each Australian capital city, across all industries and sectors. This indicator takes all salaries (full-time, part-time and casual) into consideration. It highlights the disparity in income between residents of each capital, and raises questions relating to the distribution of professions and welfare receivers in each city. This indicator was obtained by gathering information from ABS 2011 Census data regarding median weekly household income and multiplying these figures by 52 (the number of a weeks in a year).

The median has been used here as it offers a more accurate reflection of the overall data set since it is not impacted by figures that lie far outside of the regular data range. Hobart has the lowest median yearly income, sitting at just under 55% of the highest Australian earners in Canberra. The higher median yearly incomes seen by Canberrans are likely related to the proportionately high number of government bodies – and therefore public servants – who live there. Darwin is ranked second.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011

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