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Number of acclaimed restaurants per 100,000 persons

Which city is Australia's real gourmet destination? This FACT indicates the proportion of acclaimed restaurants in each city by 100,000 people, where acclaimed restaurants are defined by an allocation of 12 to 20 Chef Hats awarded by the Australian Good Food Guide. The criteria for selection include both the facilities and services of each establishment. While there are other sources of restaurant ratings, for example those in guidebooks, newspapers, lifestyle magazines and online forums, criteria for these reviews differ greatly, and are thus less reliable for statistical analysis.

According to the Australian Good Food Guide, the city with the highest number of quality restaurants per 100,000 persons is Hobart, at 6.14. The city with the lowest proportion is Sydney, at only 1.82 per 100,000 persons. This is interesting because Sydney also has the highest number of acclaimed restaurants in total.  Perhaps having the lowest proportion per 100,000 persons challenges its image as one of Australia's top food destinations. Hobart, on the other hand, has the third lowest number of acclaimed restaurants in total, but the highest per capita.

Number of construction companies

This FACT indicates the number of construction companies located in each Australian capital city, and provides some insight into the growth and development in each. The construction industry plays a significant role in the nation’s economy and is growing fast worldwide. The Australian construction industry in particular has experienced significant growth over the past few years; which is especially remarkable considering the widespread economic downturn that many countries experienced following the global financial crisis of 2008-09.

This data, taken from the Yellow Pages online directory for 2018, shows that Sydney and Melbourne have far more room for growth than their Australian counterparts, with 5601 and 4760 respectively. Brisbane is ranked third, with 2702.

While the directories do not afford a completely accurate analysis, the numbers do offer some interesting insight into the potential of each city, as well as the infrastructural changes that are possible in each.

Operational police staff per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of operational police staff per 100,000 persons for each state. 

According to data collected in between 2012 and 2013, the state with the highest number of operational police staff members is the Northern Territory, at 697 officers per 100,000 persons. The state with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory, at 222 police staff members per 100,000 persons.

Percentage of domestic students undertaking registration as nurses (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of a state's university population that is currently undertaking a course for initial registration as a nurse for the year 2016. Nursing is a profession within the health care sector, and an integral role in the establishment of healthy and prosperous communities.

Interestingly, the number of students studying to become a nurse is not influenced by the number of universities in each state/territory, neither in hard numbers nor as a percentage of population.

Real house prices by 30km from CBD in 2016 (in thousands)

This FACT indicates the average real house price in each city by 30 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 is indicated in thousands.

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