Adelaide ranks highly in terms of liveability, earning a spot in the top 10 World's Most Liveable Cities index by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. It was also ranked the most liveable city in Australia in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the Property Council of Australia.
Adelaide is host to many sporting events and festivals, has a sophisticated food and wine scene and boasts long, pretty beachfronts.
Thanks to Colonel William Light, the first surveyor-general of South Australia, Adelaide benefits from being a well planned city. residents enjoy wide, multi lane roads, an easy-to-navigate grid layout and expansive green areas (known as the Adelaide Parklands), that ring the city centre. Adelaide enjoys a mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.
The verdict: While considered one of Australia's 'quieter' cities, you can't deny that the quality of life in Adelaide is very high. Combine that with a rapidly developing arts, cultural and dining scene, and you have yourself a promising combination of laid back lifestyle, culture and career opportunity.
What are the prominent industries?
While health care and social assistance are the two most prominent industries in Adelaide, the city also has large retail, manufacturing and defence sectors. It is also the site of many financial and governmental institutions. Education is forming an increasingly important part of Adelaide's economy.
What is the area famous for?
? Adelaide has produced numerous musical acts that have gone on to find international fame, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Cold Chisel, Sia and Hilltop Hoods.
? The Adelaide Festival combining the Adelaide Writer's Week, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is usually held across the month of March and attracts a significant national and international audience.
? Adelaide oval hosts a number of One Day International cricket matches as well as an international cricket test every summer.
The city of Adelaide is located on the Adelaide plains between the Mount Lofty Ranges and Gulf St Vincent. Adelaide stretches 90km from Gawler in the north to Sellicks Beach in the south and 20km from the foothills to the coast. Around 1,300,000 Adelaideans live in this region.
Some key landmarks in the area:
? Adelaide Town Hall, built in the 1860s, boasts outstanding, Renaissance style architecture with highly detailed decoration.
? The Old Adelaide Gaol with its stone carved faces is another historic building of note, dating back to 1878.
? Built in the late 18th century, Parliament House is a grand landmark featuring impressive columns and a marble exterior.