A new report has found that despite Melbourne’s history of being known as the world’s most liveable city for numerous years, Australians have a different point of view: that our country’s capital is the top place to be.
The results of the realestate.com.au Life in Australia Index report, a collaboration between realestate.com.au and Ipsos, show that Australians believe Canberra is the nation’s best city to live in.
The final results were based on surveys answered by residents of each respective capital city, where participants were asked to rank their capital city based on a number of values from zero for poor to 10 for very good.
The top five values were on a national level:
Based on these values, Canberra was voted to be the most liveable city, its third year in a row to receive the top honours, with Canberrans rating the capital city, based on the values:
Most of the capital cities’ residents did not think too highly of their capital city’s access to affordable, decent housing, as the majority ranked it as the last major value.
In fact, out of 16 values, affordable, decent housing performed the lowest, declining sharply from 2018.
Adelaide and Perth tied for first place for those who think their capital city has affordable, decent housing, with a rating of 5.6. Brisbane was next with 5.3, then Hobart with 5.9, Melbourne with 4.5, Canberra with 4.4, and then Sydney in the last place with 3.9.
Across the capital cities, the east coast saw the ranking of the values remain fairly consistent, but Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Darwin saw more importance placed on access to the natural environment than reliable public transport.