And so to the bottom three of the 11 most liveable cities in Australia survey. I have to say I’m a little surprised to see Perth in such a lowly position, although I couldn’t tell you why, I’ve not yet visited the western side of Australia.
I will, and soon, but until then I will need to rely heavily on what has been said by those who do live there and took part in this poll.
But what do I know about Perth?
Like many others I suspect, this is what I thought I knew about Perth; it is the world’s most isolated city. But with further investigation I discovered that it isn’t, that honour actually goes to Auckland, New Zealand.
Perth, it turns out, is the second most isolated city in the world, being 2139 kilometres from its nearest city, Adelaide. For those who need to know, these statistics are true for cities with a population in excess of 1 million.
Needless to say, Perth is a long way from almost everywhere…
Perth, Western Australia.
Perth, from what I’ve heard, is an expensive city these days. Why? It’s to do with the mining boom over that way. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2011 nearly 22% of Australia’s mining industry workforce were living in Perth.
Some say the mining boom is over, some believe it isn’t. Time will tell, but for now I’m guessing that one of the things residents of Perth will not be so keen on will be its affordability as well as the cost of housing.
From what I’ve heard of Perth, I’ll also wager that they do not like the entertainment scene too much either.
On the plus side, I’m pretty sure they will like how clean the city is, the climate and the outdoor environment. Those are my guesses; let’s see what the people who do know have to say about that.
What Perth residents like about Perth:
- Being clean, well-maintained and unpolluted;
- The weather;
- Having good employment and economic opportunities.
Perth residents were not so keen on:
- The entertainment scene;
- The cost of living there;
- The quality and range of affordable housing.
Well, I didn’t do bad, did I? For someone who hasn’t been to Perth, I got 5 out of 6. I’m no Sherlock Holmes though; if I was I would have got all six right. Of course I should have known that Perth was good for employment and economic opportunities, it’s where all the mining workers go!
Time for YouTube.
First up, let’s see what the glossy, ‘come and live in Perth’ type of video sees it…
In this video, we can go for a bit of a tour…
So, if Perth is so expensive, what can you do for free? Let’s have a look…
Finally, and we did this for Melbourne as well, what’s Perth like for studying? Let’s find out, here’s Linn from Denmark…
As she says, watch out for the sharks!