What is it like to live and work in Perth?
Perth was classified as a World City in 2010 by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. The city also took out 8th place in the 2015 list of the world's most liveable cities released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Perth's strong economy and warm climate attract people who are keen to take advantage of the job prospects and outdoor lifestyle. Perth is a clean, easily accessible city with a spacious feeling caused in part by good road infrastructure. The area is also well known for its many green spaces and playgrounds, making it very popular with families. Beautiful local beaches and the Swan River that runs through the heart of Perth offer a multitude of outdoor and water based activities. While the nightlife in Perth is not as active as in some other Australian cities, it does have a vibrant restaurant, pub and cafe scene. Perth is also conveniently located near the stunning Margaret River winery region and some incredible outback landscapes.
The verdict: Although its remote location may deter some people, Perth does offer a fantastic lifestyle for families and plenty of job opportunities. If you fancy spending your weekends outdoors in the sunniest city in Australia and you're keen to be close to Asia then Perth could be perfect for you, especially if your skills are in high demand.
What are the prominent industries?
The mining industry continues to be the state's biggest economic contributor, although in Perth itself more people are employed in the service industry. Agriculture and tourism round out the list of the strongest sectors in this area.
What is the area famous for?
? Perth has produced some well-known musical acts including Tame Impala, The John Butler Trio and Birds of Tokyo.
? Perth is home to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, an internationally regarded institution that has turned out many successful actors.
? In 1962 the residents of Perth lit their house and streetlights for American astronaut John Glenn who was passing overhead. The city became known worldwide as the 'City of Light'. The act was repeated in 1998 when Glenn passed over again in the Space Shuttle.
An estimated 2.03 million people call the metropolitan area of Perth home. People from the UK make up the biggest migrant group, followed by New Zealanders, Italians and Malaysians.
Some key landmarks in the area:
? Perth is home to one of the world's largest inner city parks. Spreading out over a huge 990 acres is Kings Park, located between the University of Western Australia and the CBD.
? The Perth Arena has received a number of architecture awards and can be found in the city link area.
? The University of Western Australia is a popular tourist attraction due to its impressive carved limestone and neo-classical architectural style.