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As well as being home to our national parliament, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is also the best place in Australia to live and one of the best in the world.

According to the new regional well-being website by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the ACT scored 10 out of 10 for income, safety and civic engagement and over nine in all other categories.

The website uses an interactive map covering the Organisation’s 34 member countries. It rates 362 sub-national regions with a relative score out of 10 in eight categories: income, health, safety, services, civic engagement, education, jobs and environment and reveals some large disparities.

Only 15 American States and the ACT scored a perfect 10 for income, with the ACT’s average income the highest of any of the 300 developed nation regions identified by the OECD.

The Territory’s worst score is 9.1 out of 10 for education which is still far higher than any other Australian state. NSW scores 7.2 for education, Victoria 7.4, Western Australia 7, and Queensland 6.9.

Tasmania’s score for education is just 5.6, putting it in the bottom 28 per cent of the OECD’s 300 regions. The state also ranks last in Australia in terms of jobs.

However, Tasmania shines in the environment category, scoring 10 out of 10 along with Queensland, NSW and Victoria, putting it in the top 1 per cent of the world’s regions.

NSW and Victoria are hard to separate, both scoring highly in most categories. NSW does better in income, scoring 7.1, compared to 6.4. Victoria is rated as being better for jobs (8.5 compared to 8.3) and better for safety (9.6 against 9.2).

While the OECD does not say which region is best overall, it does admit that if all the categories were averaged out, the ACT would rank highest of its member countries, followed by Western Australia. NSW would rank fifth.

Sadly, Australia is the most unequal OECD country in terms of how household income varies from one region to another. This is largely due to results out of Northern Territory.

“Where people live has a huge effect on their quality of life,” said Rolf Alter, OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Director.

“By zooming in like this, we can really see the big differences that exist between regions and work out what local and state governments must do to reduce them.”

The results show more work needs to be done in the Northern Territory to bring it up to the level of Australia’s other states and territory. The Northern Territory scored 4.1 for health, putting it in the bottom 29 per cent of all OECD regions, and 1.4 for safety, placing it in the bottom 13 per cent in this category. The Territory also has a life expectancy of only 77 years.

To find out how your state or territory compares, visit, and remember, with branches right across the country, Grace Removals can help you relocate to anywhere in Australia with ease.