Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney – Which is the Best Place to Live?

Choosing a place to live is a tough choice. From the look of the city to the layout to the cultural scene there are many factors to consider. When choosing between Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra look at the fine details to sway your choice. To get an overview of what one city does better than another take a look at some of the results obtained by the Property Council of Australia and Auspoll.

The Study

For about three years, Auspoll has been creating a ranking system of some of the top cities in Australia. This system is based on 17 different key factors with an additional look at what the locals would like to see from the government as far as projects, sustainability and involvement. For each Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra just over 600 people have been polled each year. Through the years the most livable city has been:

  • Adelaide: 63.6%
  • Canberra : 63.4%
  • Sydney: 58.1%

Different Key Factors

While Adelaide and Canberra top Sydney by a margin of about 5 points, there are certain things which one city does better over the others. These factors align more with the quality of life which you may be looking for. For example, some residents may have a focus on jobs and school systems while others will be more interested in outdoor activities and nightlife. By determining what is important to you, you can in turn determine which city lines up with those concerns the best.

Here is a side by side comparison of some of the top quality of life features which were studied:

  1. Strong Employment Opportunities
  2. Safety of the City
  3. Range of Outdoor Recreation
  4. City Cleanliness
  5. Strong School System
  6. Strong Healthcare
  7. Range of Housing Options
  8. Vibrant Cultural Scene
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canberra 69% 73% 84% 78% 79% 64% 64% 65%
Sydney 54% 38% 78% 43% 66% 57% 61% 73%
Adelaide 41% 54% 82% 70% 73% 63% 66% 70%

Beyond the Numbers

More than a study of opinion should go into the choice of where to live. Looking at what draws people in is a key to the focus and vibe of the city.

One of the things which Adelaide is known for is the beauty. With the Gulf of St. Vincent and Southern Ocean within minutes from homes, one can cycle along the water in the mornings. The Adelaide Festival of the Arts brings in people from all over the world for theatre, dance, music and film. The layout of the city, being a “20 minute city” makes it easy to get everywhere in no time flat.

Canberra is the capital city of Australia and very well planned out because of that factor. While not near a body of water, there are still many things to love about Canberra. The Australian Parliament House, Australian National University, National Arboretum and Bruce Stadium are just a few of the landmarks which draw people in. With a strong government network, sustainability which can be seen in the myriad of backyard gardens and great restaurants this big city is like a small town.

Sydney is one of the top cosmopolitan cities in the world. From the architecture of the Opera House to the restaurants around Bondi Beach, Sydney is bustling. For those that like to feel the energy this spot cannot be beat. Sydney is a city always trying new things, always reinventing itself.

When moving interstate in Australia picture yourself in these major areas and see which one fits the best and you will find home.