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Median personal weekly income

This FACT indicates the median personal weekly income of each capital city. Personal income is an individual’s total earnings from wages, investment interest, and other sources, and before deductions for tax, superannuation contributions, health insurance, salary sacrificed, or any other automatic deductions. The 2016 Census collected personal weekly income for all persons aged 15 years and over. People were asked to report the total of all their wages and salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and any other income they usually receive. The median has been utilised here 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). The city with the highest average personal weekly income is Darwin at A$1,052 per week and the lowest was Adelaide, with an average weekly income of A$617 per week.

Number of CBD carparks per 1,000 workers

Cities with a high number of carparks (relative to the number of workers) are said to increase overall car dependence, and dissuade commuters from opting for public transport. For this reason, the increase of available parking spaces is not increasing proportionately with demand, as city councils are trying to actively limit their availability. It also explains the increase in prices of undercover car parking in Australia's capitals.

This FACT indicates the projected number of CBD carparks per 1,000 workers in 2015, (that is, spaces within carpark buildings designed for that purpose) in each Australian capital city. This is according to Colliers International.

Number of hospitals (public and private) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of hospitals located in each Australian state and territory. A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment. Here, all specialised treatment hospitals are included. Hospitals are usually funded by the public sector, by health organizations (for profit or non profit), health insurance companies, or charities, including direct charitable donations.

The number of hospitals and the number of patients they can hold offer insight into the state and capacity of the health and wellbeing sector in each city/state and territory. This data was collected in 2015-2016.

Percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $600

Wealth distribution in Australia, as in all countries, is not equal. This FACT indicates the percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $650 in each Australian city; a wage that is difficult to live on, given the relatively high cost of living in Australia. Data collected in the 2016 ABS Census reveals that the percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $650 across Australia is 20.0 percent. The city with the highest percentage is Hobart with 23.0 percent, followed closely by Adelaide at 22.6 percent. The city with the lowest is tied between Darwin at 10.3 percent.

Real house prices by 2km from CBD in 2009-2010 (in thousands)

This FACT indicates the average real house price in each city by 2 kilometres from the CBD. Real pricing is defined as being adjusted for inflation. House prices in Australian cities have increased faster than any other major economy in the world. However, due to comparatively low interest rates and higher wages, living in Australia is still relatively affordable for residents. Living close to the CBD is seen as more desirable to most people due to lower travel costs for work and easy access to the action in each city. Consequently, due to high demand, houses closer to the CBD have much higher costs. The city with the highest average cost is Sydney. The city with the lowest average cost is Adelaide. Data for Canberra, Darwin and Hobart could not be obtained. Data is indicated in thousands.

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