Tamworth might be synonymous with country music in Australia but Tamworth is much more than just bush hats, big buckles or golden guitars.
Manufacturing, health and community services, education, logistics, wholesale trades, food processing and tourism and hospitality provide a solid economic base for the city.
Salary rates in regional cities like Tamworth are comparable to Sydney salaries, if not better for many career sectors – but the biggest bonus is in the work/life balance. You get to enjoy it more as a result of lower housing costs, less time travelling to and from work and improved cost of living.
It's a city where hospitality is based on city style with country heart.
Housing prices - Median price $274,000 (Source: Housing NSW - Rent and Sales Report September 2014)
Key employment prospects - Medical and dental, engineering and surveying, construction, food processing, financial and professional services and public sector
Key business opportunities - Top end retailing, construction services, financial and personal services, hospitality, manufacturing and industrial processing services
Schools - 39 schools, including 10 high schools
Tertiary education - University of New England Access Centre, TAFE New England - Tamworth campus, University of Newcastle health campus
Retail services - 5 large shopping centres and several smaller centres (Centrepoint Shopping Centre, City Plaza, The Atrium, Tamworth Shopping World, Northgate Shopping Centre, Southgate Shopping Centre, Tamworth Homespace, Calala Court, Robert Street Shopping Centre and the Longyard Homemakers centre)
Leisure and dining - 49 licensed hotels/clubs, 44 restaurants and 23 cafes
Support services - Tamworth Base Hospital, Tamara Private Hospital, Manilla District Hospital and Barraba Multi-Purpose Centre
Climate - Temperature 16° to 34°C in Summer, 3° to 18°C in Winter. Average annual rainfall is 673mm.
Population - 59,743 people with 50,000 in the city