Middling marks delivered in sweeping study

TENTERFIELD has been given an average rating in a new property scorecard, but was found to excel in certain categories.

RATED: Sydney-based entrepreneur and founder of statistics site NationMaster.com Luke Metcalfe (pictured) has delivered a comprehensive overview of towns strengths and weaknesses for a new property scorecard.

RATED: Sydney-based entrepreneur and founder of statistics site NationMaster.com Luke Metcalfe (pictured) has delivered a comprehensive overview of towns strengths and weaknesses for a new property scorecard.

The town was split into different categories and rated accordingly.

The report was put together by NationMaster chief executive officer Luke Metcalfe, who said Tenterfield, like many regional and remote centres, had its positives and negatives.

The town scored average to low for affluence, family and convenience but was adjudged strongly for community and lifestyle.

“People can definitely use the report if they are interested in moving to Tenterfield. I’ve compiled reports for all local government areas.

“The reason behind doing it was when my wife and I were looking to move… it was a lot of work and research. Information is now in one place.

“(It was) to provide a universal standard of comparison for all area levels across Australia for each category of property buyer needs, beyond simply the house itself.

For a town with Tenterfield’s size and density he said the ratings were ‘definitely satisfactory’.

When assigning a rating to the ‘community’ component Mr Metcalfe said Tenterfield was excelling.

“It has high levels of volunteerism and long term residents for a regional town, and has public amenities like the library and churches.”

The scorecard indicates 30 per cent of Tenterfield residents volunteer in some capacity.

Tongue in cheek, Mr Metcalfe said we fall short in terms of ‘hipness’ however.

“Yes not very hip, I'm afraid. No Moroccan cuisine, single origin cafes or underground rock scene. But don't feel too bad… most of Australia is not at all hip,” he said.

Neighbouring Glen Innes was rated similarly and Mr Metcalfe said Tenterfield was “overall a normal country town at least according to the stats”.

He said the most surprising finding he uncovered was the town’s financial shortcomings.

“The town has fewer of the top income people - earning over $2000 per week (2 per cent versus the rest of regional NSW with 5 per cent).”

Mr Metcalfe has 15 years of experience doing data science related analysis and you can check out the full report card by visiting www.microburbs.com.au/NSW/Regional-NSW/Tenterfield-Municipality/Tenterfield

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