Ever wanted to know how Perth stacks up against other Australian cities? Well, the first National Cities Performance Framework has been launched, and the results are in.
The framework aims to chart the progress of 22 of the country’s biggest cities, with keen attention paid to jobs, infrastructure, liveability, innovation, governance, planning, and, of course, housing.
Perth has come out among the top in a number of areas, specifically in the efficiency of our commuting during peak hours, obesity rates, the percentage of flora that coexists with our manmade jungle, and the affordability of our houses.
Nearly 40 percent of Perth is vibrant greenery, accounting for much of the city’s good weather and active lifestyle. It might be 30 percent behind leaders Canberra and 17 percent behind Sydney, but it’s miles ahead of the likes of Hobart (22%), Melbourne (20.6%), Brisbane (18%), Darwin (14%), and the mostly concrete Adelaide (10.8%).
When it comes to the percentage increase in car travel time during peak hours, Perth beats most of the eastern states again with a 41 percent increase. Commuters take a much longer time to reach their destinations in Adelaide (45% increase), Brisbane (45.5%), Melbourne (56.5%), and you might want to consider alternatives in Sydney, where travel time can increase by as much as 67.5%.
It’s a close battle when it comes to general health and smaller waistlines – a super narrow margin of just 5% separates the big urban cities – but Perth comes out on top with just 23.3 percent of the population overweight. Adelaide trails the pack with 28.3 percent, and most of the regional cities make up the unhealthier half, with Toowoomba dead last at 36.3 percent.
But the best news is in housing, where both affordability and construction costs are remarkably low in Perth. This comes at a time when Perth’s market is on the gradual incline, making property investment both attractive and profitable. Our construction costs are the lowest among all the cities at $1,020 per square metre, a far cry from Darwin at the opposite end of the spectrum with a whopping $2,040/m2.
So, if all these figures mean anything it’s that Perth has a lot going for it, and such positive results have not gone unnoticed. CNN’s Chris Dwyer has dubbed our city the “capital of cool” and has ranked it one of the best places to visit in 2018. Lucky for us, we already live here.