List of Australian states and territories by Human Development Index

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Map of Australian states and internal territories by HDI in 2021.

Below is a list of the Australian states and territories by the Human Development Index, as of 2021, which is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, standard of living, and overall well-being of the citizens in each states. All Australian states have a very high (greater than 0.800) HDI value.[1]

The Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia have a higher HDI value than Switzerland (0.962), the highest-ranked country in the world.

As of 2021, the Australian Capital Territory is tied with the Oslo and Akershus region in Norway for the second highest HDI rating of any sub-national region in the world, behind only Zurich.


Rank State or territory HDI (2021)[1] Comparable country (2021)
Very High Human Development
1  Australian Capital Territory 0.980  Switzerland
2  Western Australia 0.967
3  New South Wales 0.952  Hong Kong
 Australia 0.951
4  Victoria 0.948  Denmark
5  Queensland 0.944  Ireland
6  Northern Territory 0.940  Finland
7  South Australia 0.939  Singapore
8  Tasmania 0.921  United States

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  1. ^ a b "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)