Sydney among Australia's least family-friendly city

Sydney might rank among the greatest and most developed cities of the world but it’s been named among the least family-friendly city in Australia.

According to the Suncorp Family Friendly Index, the harbor city is one of the worst in the country to raise a brood, ranking a dismal 23rd on a list of 30 cities surveyed.

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Launceston in Tasmania was number one, with Toowoomba third and Bundaberg 10th (making them first and second in Queensland).

Mackay tied with Burnie in Tasmania for the 11th placing and also was named third most family-friendly city in Queensland.

Melbourne was ranked ahead of Sydney at 14 and Brisbane only fared slightly worse, coming in at 24th.

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The index ranked 30 of Australia's biggest cities against 10 key criteria, including unemployment levels, crime rates, broadband in the home, access to health services, schools, childcare, volunteer work, house prices and disposable income.

Ranks and cities

1 Lauceston (TAS)
2 Canberra (ACT)
3 Toowoomba (QLD)
4 Albury (NSW/VIC)
5 Adelaide (SA) and Perth (WA)
7 Hobart (TAS)
8 Darwin (NT) and Bundaberg (QLD)
10 Bundaberg (QLD)
11. Mackay (QLD) and Burnie (TAS)
13 Mandurah (WA)
14 Melbourne (VIC) and Wagga Wagga (NSW)
16 Bendigo (VIC) and Townsville (QLD)
18 Newcastle (NSW)
19 Rockhampton (QLD)
20 Sunshine Coast (QLD)
21 Wollongong (NSW)
22 Ballarat (VIC)
23 Sydney (NSW)
24 Brisbane (QLD)
25 Geelong (VIC)
26 Hervey Bay (QLD)
27 Cairns (QLD)
30 Coffs Harbour (NSW) and Gold Coast (QLD)

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