‘Leafy suburbs’ is a term that gets used a fair bit as as short hand for the economically advantaged parts of Australian cities.
I wondered if there would be a way to calculate which suburbs in Sydney, Australia are the “leafiest”.
I found the 2011 NSW woody vegetation extent data available here, which displays FPC; “FPC is the fraction of the ground that is obscured by green leaf, and is a measure of density.” Based on this data I was able to calculate the average FPC for each suburb in the Sydney area.
This gives a quantitative representation of the leafiest suburbs of Sydney. The map below displays the suburbs of Sydney broken up into quintiles, you can also click on your suburb to see its FPC value.
As you might expect the North Shore, Northern Suburbs and areas near the Blue Mountains are among the leafiest.
In future I’d like to do a comparison of this data against other social and economic indicators. House prices are something I’d be particularly interested in comparing. But for the time being I thought it’d be cool to share this.
Title image uses data from here and Stamen Toner/OSM layer in QGIS.