THE RYDGES POST

Travel,News ian 7/1/2014

It’s probably no surprise to the local Canberrans who enjoy living in the national capital but Canberra has just been given a big thumbs up as the best city in Australia to live.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development) has unveiled a massive undertaking where they measured the standard of living in regions throughout the world against each other. They used eight categories that define living standards including income, education, employment, safety, life expectancy, the environment, health and access to services.

The ACT scored 10 out of 10 for income, 9.6 out of 10 for jobs and 9 out of 10 for the environment. As a comparison, NSW scored 7.1/10 for income, 8.3/10 for jobs and Victoria was 6.4/10 for income and 8.5/10 for jobs.

The ACT’s average income was the highest of the 300 developed nations identifies by the OECD in the survey. And this, of course, flows on to lifestyle in general – people can afford to eat out and go out more which creates more jobs and more options.

We're not suggesting that you should uproot and move –but the national capital is well worth a visit just to sample the myriad attractions on offer and the lifestyle options like dining out and shopping, staying of course at Rydges Capital Hill.

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