A huge survey has revealed where people think the best suburbs are in Sydney, with Western Sydney residents rating their suburbs as worse places to live than other areas of the city. 

As per SMH, the 2021 Australian Liveability Census survey questioned more than 30,000 people across the whole of Australia, including 10,766 in New South Wales. It was conducted earlier this year by Place Score.

The survey found Western Sydney had a liveability score of 64 out of 100, which was just under the national average of 68 out of 100.

For comparison, Lower North Shore’s Lane Cove achieved a score of 76 out of 100, while the City of Sydney got a liveability score of 74 from its residents. Lane Cove was marked highly for its sustainable urban design, but didn’t score as well for ease of driving and parking.

The City of Sydney unsurprisingly scored well for access to neighbourhood amenities, but its residents didn’t agree with housing affordability in the neighbourhood.

Western Sydney scored low for things like evening activities, public investment in roads and schools, opportunities in education and employment, and the quality of local government services.

In terms of Australian cities, Adelaide’s residents were found to be most pleased with their own city, scoring 76 out of 100. Adelaide was followed by Sydney and Hobart on 74, with Canberra and Darwin residents giving only 68 to their cities.

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“Ease of driving and parking is neither highly valued by the community, when compared to all the other things we need to make liveable neighbourhoods, nor is it a priority,” Place Score chief executive Kylie Legge said about their survey’s findings.

She said the high scores for places like Lane Cove proved that “density linked to high amenity makes great neighbourhoods.” Are you happy with where you live in Australia?

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