A report has just been released on life in our cities. Hobart has been rated highly and the report confirms Tasmania’s reputation as a great place to live and work with high levels of public safety, low unemployment and short commuting times,.

Hobart is definitely a place you should consider highly if you are wanting a slower pace of life, a safe place to live and a lower mortgage.

This story from The Mercury.  The full story is here:

Happy Hobart’s top marks

HOBART residents feel safer, have lower levels of distress and volunteer more than residents in any other capital city, a report shows.

But the city is not a complete shining light with the lowest levels of public transport, the lowest number of green-rated buildings and too many people living in detached homes.

The report also shows Hobart residents had the lowest satisfaction rating for employment and economic opportunities of all capital cities.

A comprehensive report into the state of Australia’s major cities was released by federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese yesterday.

Mr Albanese said the report provided the evidence base to set out concrete steps to make our cities better places to live and work.

Mr Albanese said elements of Hobart to be proud of included:

• Fewer Hobart men being overweight or obese compared to every other capital city.

• The lowest levels of psychological distress.

• The shortest commuting distances in the nation.

• Ranked the safest place for both people and property.

Mr Albanese said high levels of volunteers should be well regarded. ” It is one of the surest signs of community connectedness and wellbeing.”

However, Hobart was not without it’s problems.

He said the city’s low population growth could have resulted in little call for new commercial buildings, leaving Hobart with the lowest number of green-star rated buildings.

“Hobart also has the lowest levels of public transport use in the nation, a figure that has not improved in a decade.” Mr Albanese said.

He said Hobart had more residents living in a detached house than in any of the major cities, which could pose problems for the future.

“This means that fewer people live in apartments or townhouses which might be a better style of living for singles, the aged and less physically active, particularly in the future.”

The report shows from 2001 Hobart’s population grew from 197,282 people to 214,705 in 2010.

It predicts the population of Hobart will grow to 247,000 people by 2027.

Premier Lara Giddings yesterday welcomed the report.

“The report confirms Tasmania’s reputation as a great place to live and work with high levels of public safety, low unemployment and short commuting times,” Ms Giddings said yesterday.

She said public transport issues would be addressed under The Tasmanian Urban Passenger Transport Framework.

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