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Average annual morning wind speeds (km/h)

This FACT indicates the average annual morning wind speeds measured at 9am in each Australian city between the years 1893 to 2010. Note that each city has various lengths of records kept. Wind speed, or wind velocity, is commonly measured with an anemometer. Wind speed measurement is important as it affects weather forecasts, outdoor work operations, maritime operations, construction projects and the growth rate of plants. The city with the highest wind speed average is Hobart at 13.0 kilometres per hour. The city with the lowest is Canberra at 6.0 kilometres per hour.

Malicious property damage in Australian cities (Regional)

This  FACT indicates the victimisation rate of malicious property damage that occurred in each Australian state and territory in 2012.  Malicious property damage is intentional or wilful (not accidental) damage, defacement or destruction of any part of a home or anything usually kept at home. This excludes any rental, investment or holiday properties owned by a member of the household. Property is something tangible in nature, including land, conveyances, animals or other objects capable of being privately owned. Destruction can mean any alteration that may render something imperfect or inoperative. It can include destruction of property, graffiti or vandalism, partial destruction, killing or harming an owned animal and removing or destroying a plant or other part of an owned landscape. It excludes acts such as turning off water meters and flicking safety switches if no damage to the meter occurred.

The state with the highest percentage of property damage was the Western Australia, at 7.7 percent. The state with the fewest incidents was Queensland with 4.0 percent, lower than the national average of 5.5 percent.

Percentage of personal income spent on rent

This FACT indicates the percentage of a person's weekly income spent on rent. To achieve this percentage the median personal income of each city is divided by the respective median rent figure. The median has been utilised 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). According to the most recent ABS Census (2016), the city paying the highest percentage of personal income on weekly rent was Sydney, with 61.2 percent. The city with the lowest percentage was Canberra with 38.4 percent, followed closely by Darwin at 39.9 percent. When coupled with data showing the 'richest city', the people of Canberra enjoy more financial liberty, having more disposable income after rental commitments.

Percentage of persons with a certificate 2 or below aged 20-64 years (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of each state and territory's population, aged between 25 and 64, who hold a Certificate 3 or lower, as of 2017.

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.

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