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Sydney worst, Adelaide most liveable
Released 25 January 2011

Sydney has been ranked by its own residents as Australia’s worst city, while Adelaide was rated as the most livable, according to a recent survey. 

The national survey commissioned by the Property Council of Australia saw Canberra rank second behind the capital of South Australia.

Sydney had a liveability score if 55.1 compared to Adelaide's 63.4. Relatively low levels of satisfaction with the city in terms of being clean, well maintained and unpolluted, being an affordable place to have a good standard of living, having a good range of quality affordable housing and having a good road network with minimal traffic congestion were key factors leading to Sydney’s poor performance.

However, compared to other cities, Sydney performed relatively well in terms of having a good climate and having a wider range of cultural entertainment options.

“This major survey provides a barometer of the performance of our cities by those who live in them,” Property Council CEO Peter Verwer said.

“Australians know what makes a great city and they rate our cities poorly in public transport, roads and traffic congestion, environmental sustainability and housing affordability.

“These results should shock governments into action to lift the performance of our cities.”

The survey completed by 4072 Australians took place between 29 September and 5 October 2010.