Perth’s mixed report card: Good for affordable housing, commutes; poor for emissions, safety

PERTH residents enjoy more affordable houses, smaller waistlines and less daunting commutes than nearly every other capital city in the country.

New research comparing Australian cities finds the west is also best for housing construction costs and Perth trails only Darwin when it comes to tradies and people with vocational qualifications.

But the Federal Government’s National Cities Performance Dashboard is not all butterflies and roses — although when it comes to green space we’re ranked third among Australian capitals.

Our preference for private vehicles over public transport has contributed to us leading the nation for direct greenhouse emissions per capita — although Curtin University sustainability professor Peter Newman has called that figure into question — and fewer than half of Perth people feel safe on their local street after dark.

We are better volunteers than the big-city dwellers of Melbourne and Sydney but also the most likely to fall behind on the mortgage.

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