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Annual road deaths per 100,000 population

This FACT indicates the number of road deaths that occured per 100,000 persons in each Australian state in 2016. The definition of a road-traffic fatality varies from country to country. The definition used in Australia is a person who dies within 30 days of a crash on a public road involving a vehicle with an engine, and the death being the result of the crash. The road fatality rate is different from the fatal road accident rate, as multiple persons may incur fatal injuries in one single car accident. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory at 19.66 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory at 2.26 per 100,000 people.

Households' willingness to pay extra for green power

How committed are people to environmental conservation really? This FACT indicates the households that are willing to pay extra for green power in each city. Greater awareness of environmental issues and higher energy costs has prompted household interest in energy efficiency, though a great barrier to change remains the cost of green energy implementation. Across the capital cities of Australia, over 87 per cent of households reported that they had taken steps to limit their use of electricity between 2007 and 2008: an impressive figure.

According to data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the city the most willing to pay more for green power is Perth, at 40 percent. Sydney, the city which experiences the highest living costs, is the least willing at 34 percen.

Median weekly house and unit rental prices across Australia

How much does it cost to rent a house or unit in Australia? Unsurprisingly, this number varies dramatically depending on size and suburb, and there is also great disparity between cities. This FACT indicates the median rental rate for a house or unit in each Australian capital city. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set. The median value is the middle price in a series of sales, where half of the sales are of lower value and half are of higher value. Here, all house and unit types and sizes have been considered. The data is represented in thousands and represents the statistics for September 2017. In Australia, rent and mortgage repayments are generally calculated in weekly instalments, and so the data here represents weekly repayments.

Number of 'Earths' each state consumes (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of 'Earths' each state consumes. An ecological footprint is a metric that indicates the amount of natural resources required to sustain current lifestyles in each state. In other words, if everyone on the planet lived the lifestyle of the average Australian, how many 'Earths' would we need to sustain that population?Using the average carbon emissions of each person from each state and a visual representative of the amount of carbon dioxide tonnage in Earth metrics, we can derive the average number of Earths needed to sustain the world's population, if every person emitted the same amount of carbon dioxide (in each respective state).

The state with the largest ecological footprint is the Northern Territory. If every person on the planet emitted this amount of carbon dioxide, we would need 55.1 planets to sustain our population.If every person on the planet emitted the same amount of carbon dioxide as those in the Australian Capital Territory, the territory with the smallest ecological footprint, we would need 1.1 planets to sustain our population. It should be noted however, that the ACT figure is particularly low due to its lack of agricultural and industrial production.

Percentage of population who attended a museum (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who attended museums and/or art galleries at least once in the year from 2013 to 2014. The ACT's fairly high percentage rate (46.8) may be attributed to the fact that it houses the National Gallery of Australia, which frequently exhibits international collections. The state with the lowest attendance was Sydney surprisingly, with 26.3 percent.

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