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Nicola Trotman | 17 January 2013

Burnie most affordable family-friendly city in Australia: Suncorp

Burnie most affordable family-friendly city in Australia: Suncorp

With a potential savings of up to $400,000, a new Suncorp report suggests it is little wonder more Australians are moving to regional cities such as Burnie, Tasmania, with its $230,000 median house price.

The Suncorp Family Friendly City report notes buying a family home in Burnie costs almost a third of what you will pay to live in a major capital like Sydney, which is unsurprisingly the most expensive place on the list to own a house.

Rounding out the most expensive places to live with Sydney are the resource boom hotspot Darwin and home of the national public service sector Canberra.

Located on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Burnie was also ranked as Australia’s healthiest city, according to the repot.

Burnie has been labeled the healthiest city due to each resident only visiting their doctor on average 1.3 times over the course of the year.

Surprisingly, they were also ranked among the nation’s unhealthiest when residents were asked how they feel about their own health.

Other positives of Burnie include a low crime rate of 3,769 crimes per 100,000 of the population – making Burnie the fifth safest city in the report.

But the bad comes with the good, and Burnie recorded the highest unemployment rate – equal 29th place with Victoria’s Ballarat – at 8%.

Burnie also recorded the lowest median weekly disposable income of $595 – equal 28th place with its neighbours Launceston and Hobart.

Burnie also came last in the connectivity category, with only 59.8% of households having broadband internet.

However it could be the place for you if childcare is important – it is third for the least crowded childcare, with 65 children per childcare centre.

Overall, Burnie ranked equal 11th in terms of family friendliness, sharing the spot with Mackay in Queensland.

Burnie topped the list as the most affordable city with a median house price of $230,000.

A three-bedroom property located on Elizabeth Street offering sea and port views (pictured below) comes with an asking price of $254,000

eliz

Almost $400,000 above the median house price, a four-bedroom home located on Lorrie Place, Burnie (pictured below), can be yours from $665,600.

lorrie

The property boasts three bathrooms, a grand foyer, a stacker stone feature wall and offers expansive sea views.

On the expensive end of the spectrum is a five-bedroom home on Ridgley Highway acreage (pictured below) with an asking price of $1,595,000.

ridgley

There's a modern, recently renovated two-bedroom cottage also included on the 146-hectare property.

Rank

City (State/Territory)

Average cost of a house

1st

Burnie (TAS)

$230,000

2nd

LaTrobe Valley (VIC)

$232,000

3rd

Albury/Wodonga (NSW)

$267,000

Equal 4th

Launceston (TAS)

$280,000

Equal 4th

Bundaberg (QLD)

$280,000

6th

Toowoomba (QLD)

$286,000

7th

Ballarat (VIC)

$300,000

8th

Wagga Wagga (NSW)

$305,000

9th

Bendigo (VIC)

$311,000

10th

Rockhampton (QLD)

$320,000

Equal 11th

Hobart (TAS)

$330,000

Equal 11th

Hervey Bay (QLD)

$330,000

13th

Coffs Harbour (NSW)

$335,000

14th

Bunbury (WA)

$340,000

15th

Cairns (QLD)

$345,000

Rank

City (State/Territory)

Average cost of a house

16th

Townsville (QLD)

$365,000

17th

Mandurah (WA)

$373,000

18th

Geelong (VIC)

$386,000

19th

Wollongong (NSW)

$397,000

20th

Adelaide (SA)

$405,000

21th

Mackay (QLD)

$420,000

22th

Sunshine Coast (QLD)

$430,000

Equal 23rd

Perth (WA)

$467,000

Equal 23rd

Gold Coast (QLD)

$467,000

25th

Newcastle (NSW)

$474,000

26th

Brisbane (QLD)

$505,000

27th

Melbourne (VIC)

$530,000

28th

Canberra (ACT)

$545,000

29th

Darwin (NT)

$609,000

30th

Sydney (NSW)

$642,000

 

The full Suncorp report can be read here.

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