What Makes a City the Most Liveable?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What makes a state or city liveable? Is it the low crime rate, affordability, ease of travel or is it simply the weather? We have compared some of the major factors and revealed what Aussies really think.


If you take the average weekly earnings, subtract the average weekly mortgage repayments based on house costs, you find that NSW doesn’t do too well, it is earning 20% above the average, but the houses are 64% above the average, so NSW works out to be the worst in terms of income after housing. But WA is on top of the charts, with the ACT doing pretty well also.

Ease of travel

We took the centre of population of each of our capital cities, the mid-point of the population sprawl where as many people live north, as south of this point, and as many east, as west. From this centre of living we measured the average, non-peak hour driving time to the centre of the CBD marked by the GPO of each capital. We found that as we would probably expect, Sydney was the longest drive, about 33 minutes to get from the centre of population to the centre of the city, but the quickest trip of all was Brisbane with just 8 minutes.

Crime rates

This is the number of offenders per annum, per 100 people and the Territories book end the data here, with the ACT with the lowest crime rate nationally and the Northern Territory as the highest crime rate and the other states right in the middle. As measured by crime rates, the ACT is Australia’s safest place to live.


We measured this by looking at the average number of sunny days - totally clear days in a year. Tasmania not doing too well with a lot of cloudy, overcast days, but WA takes the crown with the most number of sunny days in any given year.

Watch Mark McCrindle's full interview on The Daily Edition here

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


owning a home growth shopping etiquette cost couple entrepreneur cultural diversity research 2017 tableau define huffington post affordable australian communities trends report tea mover and shaker demographer vegemite moreton bay workforce alpha brand experience living ACF 2016 overcast 2016 sunburnt country entrepreneurial eliane Duchess of Cambridge monarchy in the media resource facts sydneycity Australian Census TDE land of the middle class Caregiver investment google for education friends January 26th emerging trends energy menai financial dreams community house prices staying in Deaths winter blues women cancelling plans unaffordable generations list water divorce ashley mckenzie financial independence award networking high density small business financial Kiwi marriage snapshot marriages global financial crisis demographics TAS Population Clock culture trend social media Wagga Wagga research services national wealth holiday grandparents statistics faux-cilising Northern beaches Event focus group australian communities forum property price Kirsten Brewer volunteers Aussie news System's Architect REIV Conference buildings christianity geomapping Australian Trends rent daily telegraph media activity Word Up capital city Do It Yourself sustainable cold curiosity Netflix brands Generation Y social analysis workshop australians staying home more results social commentator education selfie millionth entertainment HSC charity rental stress tips friendship community event meals optus royal family australian social research socialising crime Births easy rider sydneysiders 2015 apartment dream educated research pack study young australians transport visualisation presentation ideas builders marketing Wodonga parents repayments "know the times" world youth day 2013 relational Australian Families social researchers careers states earn internet learn REIV National Conference goals weather Christmas season cost of living collaboration manly housing growth education research insights Australians townhouses trends Myth emerging technologies winter national private wealth happiness collaborative spend bondi Crime Rates Australian Communities Trends survey social enquiry stay home survey design property market baby names priorities finance Channel Seven hills shire ethnography online shopping intern Wellington Scouts keynote speaker Charlotte cancelling event conference speaker environment work-life 1975 sydney speaker DIY goal narcissism growing population Geoff Brailey innovation holidays Sydney keynote speaker Australian demographics training darwin online marrickville budget home national crime rates gold coast optimistic interactive food Assistant Store Manager cars trends of 2016 JOMO Generation X presentations baby name trends thought leadership wealth distribution not-for-profit increasing densification perth generation alpha keynote lifestyle identity vegetarian housing trends consumer life potts point baby boom events program future-proof dessert faux-cilise Australian Bureau of Statistics NEETs motivate divorce rate internship insight Financial Planning Week social researcher 40 million group session annual income poor population growth optus my business awards CBD not for profit acf15 retirement New South Wales innovative ease of travel follow cloudy days data visualisation faux-ciliser trends analyst Financial Planning Association of Australia generation Z omnibus ashley fell unemployment father's day communications wages product dare to dream commute middle class hello fresh summer new york times global Tasmania dreaming communication ipswich Northern Beaches Christian School housing affordability criminal in depth interviews professional development moderators guide PSI sentiments waverton brand crows nest customer mortgage wellbeing World Water Day investor politics area 10 years sector wide school digital Love urban living index leadership group demographic trends celebration social life Bathburst trend tuesday men child care baby social commentary high density apartments 2012 recap employment Northern Beaches wedding forum career home ownership data google mateship shbc New Zealand non profit New Zeland Channel 7 renting earnings learner NSW demographic transformations weekly earnings market research schools graphs the changing face of wealth and income home owner youth household consumerism Royals leader skills school satisfaction debate authenticity cooking Mark McCrindle Northern Territory trends of 2017 local communities average aussie Real Estate Institute of Victoria households 2020 infographic stats technology generation suburb socialites entrepreneurs of today house 1980 Research Executive greatness relevant Christmas lunch financial future young people schools students capital cities cartodb urban event slideshare local challenge urban living gender megatrends wealth victoria post rationalism ABS renter of the future rise of local community engagement Tuesday Trends deloitte youth unemployment clothing ageing population church research data gen alpha GPO mccrindle organisations Gen X qualitative research future proofing teach future of work Hornsby Shire Council year 7 litter conference presentation religion Australian schools research visualisation future of education business McCrindle Speakers mythbusters real wealth and income distribution video family media release jobs data analyst proactive university degree lalor park The ABC of XYZ Australian communities outsourcing mccrindle tea year 12 australia social woolworths affordability paying to work long weekend ACT know the times teacher village housing 1968 forecasting society trends internships economy experience Australia Day 2017 case study hopes Territory state engage population map communicate tertiary education millennials population milestone learning styles equip society workplace culture neutral bay employers FPA social trends anzac mentor daily commute teleworking Queensland learning social research royal influence Melbourne eliane miles royal baby housing market Australia Day balance FOMO demographic income Australian Home Financial Planning Association property media commentary pyrmont sports mccrindle research debt click researcher teaching toys students rising house prices quote prince george tv seasons student future proof safe ACF change business index Queensland: QLD jobs of the future futurist census Engineering Manager shopper's pick offenders royal Education Future Forum 2014 salary EFF baby name predictions leadership workshop conference house price coffee publication professional generational trends 23 million university VIC personal growth baby boomers mining boom poker master social change analysis Aussies domestic going out media high school government cancel plans Gen Y blaxland sunny days Valentine’s Day education sector emerging generations language The Daily Edition February 16 responsive brisbane Res Vis mother's day Christchurch rich English 24 million school students NT future typical australian panel Christmas presents suburban living public holiday rule keeper tattoos tuesday participants social lives social shifts work mates SA 1994 Merry Christmas urban taskforce children global generations hornsby wolloomooloo report educhat sydney event work christmas Canberra workplace millenials families organisational culture parenting mccrindle in the media plans low density mythbusting logan cash resilience Real Estate princess charlotte suburbs Sydney fears easter focus groups Adelaide population newspaper shifts Social Trend teachers IT Specialists city hobart education future staff visual names ultimo mobile public speaking economic gen z baby name Tuesday Trend world fresh sector wide study aussie culture Western Australia sun WA thrive twentyseventeen education future report 24,000,000 kate middleton rain residents personalities high density living South Australia Australian Dream