According to a report published on CNBC, Brisbane ranked among the top 5 most liveable cities not just in Australia but the entire world. The study considered a number of indicators to come up with the ranking. Among them were the availability of medical services, climate, education facilities, political serenity, the cost of residential property, infrastructure, personal security, and last but not least (as most Japanese cities will appreciate) air quality.
Of course, Brisbane definitely won’t meet all your Utopian aspirations – it has a bad side too. However, in the final analysis, the scales tip in favour of the River City. Thinking of moving to Brisbane? Here is a condensed profile of the city.
The Brisbane River
A profile of Brisbane City that does not mention the Brisbane River, is like a movie review of Harry Potter that goes to great lengths not to mention Harry Potter himself. The water body cuts right through the city and lends it its name. It is a major part of life there for its fishing and other leisurely activities. It is also the centre of the Brisbane River Festival, one of the biggest festivities in Queensland, and the Brisbane River Run which is held in May.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics placed Brisbane’s population at 5.7 million, split between the metropolitan area (2.3million) and the urban conurbation of South East Queensland (3.4 million). This figure will soon swell since Brisbane has the second highest population growth rates of all Australian cities. The River City has the largest population in Queensland and the third highest of all cities in Australia. This is divided among 2 percent indigenous people and thirty percent over-seas-born dwellers. The most common language is, of course, English, with Mandarin, Spanish, Samoan, and Vietnamese sporadically spread around.
Brisbane is to love if you are a sunshine seeker. The city’s climate can be described as warm to hot for the larger part of the year, which is typical of subtropical climates. It has four seasons: a summer with heavy rainfall and occasional thunderstorms and flooding; an autumn with little rain and low humidity; a mild winter; and a spring that is almost like autumn but with cool sea breezes.
The summers can be really hot and humid and air conditioning is a must have. The air is already blazing hot by 7 am, and beaches are already hosting people cooling themselves by this time.
Brisbane has a healthy balance between private and public schools. There is a good number of both co-ed and single sex schools, too. If you prefer your child being educated in a catholic set-up, the city has a good number of catholic schools.
Brisbane has indeed not slackened its hand as far as tertiary education is concerned. There is a wide range of universities to choose from for both post and undergrads, with an equally impressive array of faculties.
The city is quite the bastion of commerce, boasting over 115,660 businesses in Brisbane LGA, and 186,042 in Greater Brisbane. It has a healthy economy worth AUD146 billion, with 2015 recording AUD5 billion in tourism exports, about AUD4 billion in education exports, and about AUD 15 billion from exports through Australia TradeCoast.
A lot of industries do flourish in Brisbane but the most popular are the medical field and the technical, scientific, and professional Services. There is also a large number of people employed in retail trading; education and training; and of course public administration. Currently, unemployment is at about 5.7% for Greater Brisbane, and 5% for Brisbane LGA.
While the housing markets have seen considerable fluctuations in Australia, Brisbane has been quite stable on that end and this has earned it the title of the most stable city as far as housing goes. The first quarter of 2016 was the fourteenth in a series of stable rises in value. As of 2016 July, the average house costs about $630,000 according to the Queensland Real Estate Association.
For renters, the mean rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre is AUD1800 and AUD1300 outside the centre. If you need something for a sizeable family, you must be ready to spend an average of AUD3500 per month for a 3 bedroom apartment in the city centre, or 1900 AUD outside the city centre.
Brisbane has a decent public transport network provided by both the Queensland government and Brisbane City Council. You can choose between trains and buses depending on where you are going. To make use of Brisbane River, Brisbane City Council operates ferry services which take people along and across the water body.
Although it may have its negatives, Brisbane city can be appealing to a wide range of lifestyles. That’s the reason a good number of people are moving there, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.