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A leading national newspaper has named Griffith as “one of the most desirable places in Australia to live".

An article, published in The Weekend Australian Magazine on 24 March, found Griffith stood out above other NSW country towns thanks to its above-average income, below-average unemployment rate, affordable housing, with a median price of $320,000, and demographic diversity.

The town’s economic diversity and booming industries were also strong factors in its selection.

The top accolade is based on data compiled from the 2016 Census and analysed by social commentator Bernard Salt in collaboration with co-director of The Demographics Group Simon Kuestenmacher.

They looked at all 1,850 towns in Australia and then filtered using selection criteria.

The demographers then chose a finalist from each state and territory, with Griffith emerging as the best country town in NSW.

Other winners included Woodend in Victoria, Margaret River in Western Australia, Margate in Tasmania, Katherine in the Northern Territory, Nairne in South Australia and Goondiwindi in Queensland.

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said he was extremely proud to see such positive recognition for Griffith.

“This is a great place to live. There is no doubt that Griffith is thriving and we’ve got some fantastic things happening that will only enhance what is already here.”

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