The Best (And Worst) States To Live In Australia

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has just released a tool which ranks cities in its 34 member countries in terms of overall well-being. How do Australia's states and territories rate?

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The OECD rated eight aspects: "household income, life expectancy, homicide rates, broadband access, voter turnout, level of education in the workforce, employment rates and particulate matter in the air". Each was assigned a score out of 10.

While it's not surprising that there are variations on all these dimensions, they turn out to be more pronounced in Australia than anywhere else the OECD examined. "Australia is the most unequal OECD country in terms of how household income varies from one region to another," the research noted.

Here are the scores for each state and territory in Australia covered by the study:

State Income Health Safety Services Voter Education Jobs Environment
ACT 10.0 9.9 10.0 9.6 10.0 9.1 9.6 9.5
NT 8.1 4.1 1.4 8.4 8.5 6.4 8.7 9.1
NSW 7.1 9.1 9.2 8.1 10.0 7.2 8.3 10.0
QLD 6.9 8.7 9.3 8.4 10.0 6.9 8.5 10.0
SA 6.6 8.8 8.8 7.8 10.0 6.4 8.3 9.9
TAS 6.2 7.2 8.7 7.3 10.0 5.6 7.5 10.0
VIC 6.4 9.4 9.6 8.2 10.0 7.4 8.5 9.2
WA 7.7 9.4 9.0 8.6 10.0 7.0 9.3 9.9

Hit the full well-being site for interactive versions of those scores, including comparisons to other cities around the world.


    Wow, how is everyone in NT not dead already?

      Lol yeah, 4.1 for Health and 1.4 for safety.

        Its because education is 6.4 :D They dont know any better

        Last edited 26/06/14 11:21 am

      High Indigenous population (about a 1/3). High mortality rate and they are forever in hospital for diabetes, or alcohol related injury or violence.

      sadly this is due to a severe lack in education for the state with the largest indigenous community (see the low level there), stems from everything from alchohol / drug abuse all the way through to problems with society etc.

    Poor form talicca as the figures clearly are dragged down by the indigenous population who suffer badly when it comes to life expectancy compared to white folks. Australians should be very ashamed.

      It's our fault they don't look after themselves? The majority have every opportunity to improve their health outcomes, health is primarily the individual's responsibility

      gotta say though its really weird considering that in every other catagory, NT is either beats NSW or is equal with NSW, its just that health and safety is much lower than the other states

      Are you saying indigenous people should be excluded, or put in their own section? That's racist discrimination, and apartheid.

    State Total Avg
    ACT 9.7
    WA 8.9
    NSW 8.6
    QLD 8.6
    VIC 8.6
    SA 8.3
    TAS 7.8
    NT 6.8
    I couldn't help it - wanted to know who wins by aggregate score

    employment rates and particulate matter in the air
    Would have thought ACT would be earning 10 in those aspects, given the high concentration of government dole bludgers and the crap they spew down there.

      You mean your local douchebag politicians you vote in? Or the liberal prime minister who would use any excuse to join in the national sport of Canberra bashing as long as he gets to live on Sydney Harbour?

      >Is at work
      >Being called a dole bludger
      Yeah okay, guy.

    And the photo heading the article is of Gulgong NSW.

    It appears that these rating are based on very little data. I would not trust such figures.

    This article is especially amusing since after their loss in the Origin, Queensland's Courier Mail recently posted a article about how Queensland is a better place to live than New South Wales

    The OECD's well being site is rather bizarre. It says that on dimensions like civic engagement, that NSW's 10/10 ranks it 5th in the country, rather than =1st.

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