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Length of coastline per 1,000 persons (km) (Regional)

Australia is a country which is famously known to be a country, gird by seas. Much of the Australian lifestyle revolves around the sea with all of the cities within relatively close proximity to it. The coastal land is more fertile and arable than inland Australia, therefore we have been forced to move to the countrys' borders.

This FACT indicates the length of coastline in each Australian state per 1,000 persons. The Northern Territory has the longest coastline per 1,000 persons with 47.865 kilometers, whereas the ACT which has no ocean coastal region, but does border a lake has only 0.10 kilometers per 1,000 persons.

Number of species from the top 25 most venomous snakes present (Regional)

Australia is home to around 140 species of land snakes, and 21 of the world's 25 most venomous species call the island continent home. For people with ophidiophobia, this can be a serious point of concern. Indeed, many tourists fret over Australia's snake population, despite the fact that snakes are rarely found in suburban and city areas. Luckily, most of the world's snakes - Australian species being no exception - prefer to avoid humans, and for this reason, reported snake bites are quite rare. In fact, most snake bites are provoked, so leaving a snake alone is the best repellent.

This FACT indicates the number of top 25 most venomous snake species that are present with each state and territory.

Percentage of population travelling to work by car

Low inner metro density in most Australian capital cities, and especially compared to large cities in North America or Europe, mean that many people have a lengthy commute to and from work. Because most Australians tend not to use bicycles, and public transport infrastructure is insufficient, the result is that many people are required to drive.    

This data looks at the number of registered motor vehicles (including company owned vehicles) that are garaged or parked at or near private dwellings on census night. Trucks, motorbikes, scooters and tractors are excluded.

This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each Australian capital city using a car (as driver or passenger) to commute to and from work. The level of car dependency in Australian cities has increased significantly, with vehicle kilometres travelled growing faster than the population.

Price of a standard expiation parking fine

Traffic control fines are huge sources of income for state governments. In the year 2012/13, for example, the Adelaide City Council collected A$6 million in traffic-related fines alone. An expiation fine is issued when a motor vehicle excceds the specified time limit which has been allocated for a parking space. 

This FACT indicates the cost of a standard expiation parking fine in each Australian city. The city with the highest parking fine is Canberra at $114. The city with the lowest fine is Hobart at $39.

Residential electricity price index

As each state has different power suppliers, its does create a disparity in the price of electricity between Australian cities. So, while prices may vary between suppliers, the use of a price index allows for easy comparison between cities and offers a medium for averaging the price of electricity. This FACT indicates the price index for residential electricity supply, as of June 2017, of each Australian capital city, with a base of 100 as per the 2011-12 ABS index.

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