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Sydney vs melbourne_infographic


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Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row, but what is it about this city that make’s living there so wonderful, and how does Sydney, which ranked 7th on the same list, compare?

Off the back of the rivalry that exists between these two cities, McCrindle Research decided to gather, analyse, compare and present the most significant data of Sydney and Melbourne in a visualised infographic to show how these global cities measure up.

While Sydney is larger, with a population of 4,879,000 Melbourne is growing at a rate that is 18% faster, meaning it will be Australia’s largest city by 2050.

While people tend to think that Sydney is by far Australia’s largest city, its population is only 9% larger than that of Melbourne and the gap is closing. Melbourne added 70,000 more people than Sydney did over the last 5 years and based on the current growth trends, soon after mid-century, Melbourne will be Australia’s largest city.

Sydney is more culturally diverse than Melbourne – less Sydneysiders (58.1%) were born in Australia than Melbournites (62.6%). Ancestry also comes into play here, with slightly less Sydneysiders being of Australian ancestry than those living in Melbourne.

Tourism is also more popular in the city of Sydney, with 12,753,000 international arrivals last year, that’s almost twice as many as recorded to have visited Melbourne (7,000,000).

While driving is the most popular commute option for both cities, more Melbournites drive to work than Sydneysiders – an extra 105 025 to be exact. Comparatively, more Sydneysiders walk to work than their fellow Melbournites.

Cycling is more common amongst those living in Melbourne, with 18% less Sydneysiders using this form of transport in their commute to work.

The harbour is a huge feature of Sydney – home to the Sydney Opera House and facilitating the harbour Bridge as well as ferry transportation in and out of the city, it is iconic both visually and practically.

While Sydney’s iconic landmark and mode of transport are facilitated by water, Melbourne’s are firmly set on the ground and have a much older history. Flinders Street Station opened in 1854, 119 years before the Sydney Opera House. On census day, 72,862 Melbournites caught a tram to work, becoming Melbourne’s second most popular commute option (with driving a car being the first).

Perhaps one of the most contentious issues around the Sydney vs. Melbourne debate is the weather. Despite varying temperatures and public perception that Melbourne is worse for the weather, Sydney is the city that receives more rainfall – a total of 1223 mm on average while Melbourne receives less than half of that (603 mm).

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  1. 1. SYDNEY ST. VS MELBOURNE ST. Sydney is larger...but Melbourne is growing 18% faster and will be Australia’s largest city by 2050 Population: 4,879,000 = 20,000 Population: 4,492,000 = 20,000 Sydney is more culturally diverse...and gets nearly twice as many overseas visitors More Melbournites drive to work...while more Sydneysiders walk Rainfall 1223 mm Growth: 80,965 - 1.73% Growth: 95,497 - 2.25% Commuting to work Iconic Transport Ferry Commuters: 11,825 Sydney gets more rain...but has more sunny days Cloudy 129 days Melbourne has larger stadiums...and more passionate club members! Melbourne hosted Australia’s first Olympics...but Sydney’s was the “best Olympic games ever”! And while the Sydney - Melbourne rivalry is strong... Avg. Min 14.5ºC Commuting to work Iconic Transport Tram Commuters: 72,862 all Australians agree that they are two of the greatest global cities! Avg. Max 22.5ºC Infographic brought to you by... cbMcCrindle 2014 Melbourne office now open! Sources Australian Bureau of Statistics ( Australian Bureau of Meteorology ( McCrindle Clear 107 days Iconic Landmark Sydney Opera House Opened 1973 Iconic Landmark Flinders Street Station Opened 1854 Largest Stadium ANZ Stadium Capacity: 83,500 Largest Crowd: 83,833 NRL Grand Final 2014 Avg. Max 20.4ºC Avg. Min 11.4ºC Rainfall 603 mm Cloudy 180 days Clear 46 days Largest Stadium MCG Capacity: 100,024 Largest Crowd: 130,000 Billy Graham 1959 Drove a car 1,050,069 Cycled 18,225 Walked 81,581 Drove a car 1,155,094 Cycled 29,658 Walked 54,982 Place of Birth 58.1% 3.7% 3.3% Australia China England Ancestry 19.4% 19.3% 7.0% English Australian Chinese Place of Birth 62.6% 3.3% 2.8% Australia England India Ancestry 20.8% 20.4% 6.8% English Australian Irish Sporting Teams 922 NRL AFL Soccer Club with most members Sydney Swans over 40,000 members Sporting Teams 921 AFL Soccer NRL Club with most members Collingwood 80,793 members Household Income $1,490 Avg. Cost of Coffee $3.34 Household Income $1,337 Avg. Cost of Coffee $3.43 Tourism International Arrivals 12,753,000 Tourism International Arrivals 7,000,000 2000 Summer Olympics - Australian Medals 1956 Summer Olympics - Australian Medals 16 25 17 13 8 14 Sydneysiders earn more on average...but pay 37% more for their houses (but less for coffee) Avg. House Price $843,994 Avg. House Price $615,068