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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.

Most affordable quality housing (survey)

This FACT indicates how Australians perceived their city's housing market in respect to quality and affordability. This data was taken from a survey in which people were asked whether they thought housing in their city was affordable and good quality in 2011 While the data is largely subjective, it provides useful insight and becomes an interesting point for further discussion. From this survey, the highest percentage of people who said yes were in Adelaide, at 57 percent. The lowest percentage of people who found quality housing affordable were in Sydney, with only 9 percent.

Number of persons with Buddhist affiliation

This FACT indicates the number Australians with Buddhist affiliation in each capital. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The word ‘Buddha’ means the awakened or enlightened one. It is primarily practiced in Asia, and Buddhist tradition acknowledges that the roots of the religion lie in the eastern part of the Indian Subcontinent, where Buddha lived and taught.

2016 Census results show that the city with the highest number of Buddhists is Sydney, at 186,037. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 2,032 people.

Percentage of population who attended a performing arts event (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who attended performing arts venues at least once between 2013 and 2014. Performing arts encompass a variety of performance forms, including theatre, music concerts, cabaret and variety shows. Visiting a performing arts venue, unlike most art galleries and museums, usually requires purchasing a ticket to attend a performance. These figures may therefore be influenced by an individual's amount of disposable income, as well as the variety and frequency of performances.

The ACT had the highest percentage of people attending performing arts venues with 64.2 percent of the population. Brisbane has the lowest attendance rate, at 48.5 percent. Interestingly, there seems to be no correlation between the states who attract big-name shows and the states with the highest attendance rate.

Percentage of single parent families

This FACT indicates the percentage of single parent families within each Australian city as a proportion of the total population. Based on statistics from the 2016 ABS Census, the Australian average for single parent families is 15.8 percent. The city with the highest percentage of single parent families is Hobart, with 18.7 percent. The city with the lowest is tied Canberra, at 13.8 percent.

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