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The 2006 census found that over 160,000 Perth residents were British-born. The recent contrasting economic fortunes of the UK and Australia has only led this number to increase which means that Brits relocating to Perth won’t struggle to find new friends with a shared cultural heritage.
Of course, Australian culture has much in common with British culture anyway and, as the cultural centre of Western Australia, Perth will cater well for those who wish to maintain an interest in theatre, live music, association football or cricket.
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When making the opposite move to Rolf Harris (who was born and grew up in Perth) you’ll not only enjoy the benefits of a warmer climate and a lot more sunshine but, more importantly, you’ll find buying and renting property much more affordable.
In fact, the ratio of average property price to average income is almost half in Perth what it is in London. This has to be balanced however, by the increased prices you’ll pay for consumer goods - especially food. Due to Perth’s remote location, staples like bread, fruit and veg, clothing and even internet access are all more expensive than in the UK. Probably a price worth paying to say goodbye to British winters forever.
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Comparing Perth vs London
Perth scores better than London on a whole host of quality of life measures: on average you’ll have more purchasing power, you’ll be safer, get better healthcare, housing will be more affordable, you’ll spend less time commuting and suffer less pollution. In fact, the only traditional measure where Perth suffers is in the price of consumer goods which are nearly 30% higher on average than their London equivalents.
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While Perth can’t compete with London when it comes to the number of sites of historical or architectural interest, the Western Australian Museum, located in the Perth Cultural Centre, does host an impressive display of aboriginal artifacts - evidence of the inhabitants of Perth for 40,000 years before Europeans arrived.
King’s Park is the largest inner city park in the world and adds to an array of green space that easily competes with London which doesn’t, of course, have a beach on the doorstep.
While the average temperature in Perth rarely drops below 10°C and soars as high as the mid-forties in the dry summer months of January and February, annual rainfall is actually higher than in London - largely due to the wetness of the winter when as much as 7 inches of rain can fall in a single month.
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