Sydney’s most liveable area has been revealed – with the city’s eastern suburbs taking out the top spot.

The findings come as part of a report from the Ipsos Life in Australia project – an annual study of 10,000 residents.

Participants are each year asked what they believe makes somewhere a good place to live and how well their local area delivers against 16 liveability attributes, which are each scored out of 10.

Area attributes that are looked at include feeling safe, high-quality health services, affordable decent housing, good job prospects, reliable and efficient public transport and access to the natural environment.

Out of a rating of 100, Sydney’s eastern suburbs came in with a score of 65.8 – ranking 3rd in an overall list of 42 metropolitan areas in Australia.

The only two areas of concern for the east were affordable decent housing, which scored 4.1 out of 10 and road congestion, which scored just 3.9.

Perth’s inner suburbs came in first and Adelaide’s Central and Hills district came in second.

The North Sydney and Hornsby area came in second and the city and inner south came in third for the NSW capital.

Sydney’s Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury, outer west and Blue Mountains, outer south west, inner south west, Ryde, Parramatta, Blacktown and south west all scored below the metropolitan average of 59.9.

The lowest rated area – Sydney’s south west – came in with only 49.1 and had below average scores for all 16 attributes.

The most liveable regional area in New South Wales is the Murray region which scored 63.5 and came in at third in the overall regional study, which is separated from the metropolitan study.

Victoria’s Warnambool and south west and South Australia’s south east regions came in first and second, respectively.

Canberra and its surrounds came in third last overall.


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