In a recent national survey, Central Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills have been classified as the most livable metropolitan areas in Australia.
Ipsos, a market research firm, discovered that Adelaide was the only place ranked above average across 16 factors of livingability, such as safety, affordable housing and health services.
Stuart Clark, director of Ipsos public affairs, said that individuals were not asked to expand on their replies, but Adelaide performed well on key metrics.
The runner-up was Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, with inner Perth number three.
The western , southern and northern suburbs of Adelaide fared worse in the study, ranked 15th, 16th and 26th respectively, out of the 42 metropolitan areas in the annual Life in Australia project of Ipsos, one of the largest annual community value and liveability studies in the world.
“Adelaide, in fact, was not in the top 10 last year, so you could speculate about why it’s dropped into that top 10 — into the number one space.
“Maybe that is because people are spending a bit more time around their homes in the local area and really enjoying that space.”
Sydney’s south-west was the worst metropolitan area for livability.
The survey asked individuals in each region about the meaning and success of the different characteristics of where they lived.
The Northern Territory outback was ranked worst by survey respondents amongst regional areas.
Mr. Clark said that this year saw a big shift in the issues that people identified as significant.
“If you think back to January this year, when we had the bushfires sort of raging across the nation, the environment was the number one issue by a long way,” he said.
“As soon as COVID hit, that dropped down, hugely, to number five.
“Things like jobs and the economy and health have shot up into that top three, so those are really key issues at present, and they have been since around March. So we’ve seen a real change in people’s priorities in life.”