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Facts About Inverell

Situated on the western edge of the New England Tablelands, Inverell is nestled in the picturesque valley beside the Macintyre River. Inverell is about 489km south of Brisbane and 675km north west of Sydney. Travellers can arrive in Inverell by bus with CountryLink providing services daily.

Known as the "Sapphire City" Inverell supplies around 80% of the worlds sapphires. Diamonds were first discovered at Copes Creek in 1875, and mining for sapphires started in 1916. Bauxite, lead, silver and diamonds have also been mined. Historic Inverell is surrounded by gemstone country. It's the ideal place to try your hand at fossicking and to see how precious stones are processed.

Inverell also offers great walking tracks, reserves and dams providing plenty of outdoor attractions for everyone. Inverell is a thriving commercial and service centre with a population of 16,075 and district population of 18,000. I

nverell is a mixed farming district, where the maincrops are wheat, oats, barley, grain, sorghum and oilseed crops. Sheep and cattle graze mostly on natural pastures, supplemented with lucerne and forage crops.

Inverell also boasts one of the best shopping centres in country NSW. All facilities are available to the shopper with retail shops through to commercial market chains, coffee lounges and the good old pub counter lunches.

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Statistical Data on Inverell From the 2011 Census

Geographic Statistics
Principal Town = Inverell
Longitude = 29.78'S
Latitude = 151.08'E

Climate Statistics
Mean maximum temperature = January 29.4 C, July 15.1C           
Mean minimum temperature = January 16.3 C, July 3.5 C
Average Annual Rainfall = 805.1mm


Total Population Statistics

The Total Population of Inverell is 16,075 excluding overseas visitors with 7,898 being male, 8,177 female and 6.5% of the population being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders decent. With the highest percentage of population 33.7% being in the 25-54 age bracket followed by the 0-14 years on 21.3% and the 65 years covering 19.2% of the total population of Inverell.



Employment Statistics

Our Total Labour Force consists of 6,632 including employed and unemployed persons. With 3,949 people employed on a full-time basis and 1,746 employed as part-time, 553 people unemployed and 4,899 not in the labour force. The current Occupations of people residing in Inverell that are currently employed and aged over 15 years consist of 1,208 Managers, 934 Labourers, 823 Technicians and Trades workers, 791 Professionals, 632 Community and Personal Service workers, 617 Clerical and Administration workers, 605 Sales workers and 356 employed as Machinery Operators and Drivers. With the main Industries of employment being Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming 12.7%, followed by School Education on 6.0% and Meat Product Manufacturing at 5.3% of Inverell’s employed population.

Real Estate Statistics

Throughout the 2011 Census there were 7,134 occupied private dwellings counted in Inverell with 90% being separate houses, 1.2% semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses, 7.6% were flats, units or apartments and 1.2% were classified as other dwellings. The average weekly rent being $160 compared to the $285 in Australia. The median monthly housing loan repayment was $1,200, compared to $1,800 in Australia and the average household size being 2.5 persons. In Inverell 38.3% of the occupied private dwellings were fully owned with 29.7% being purchased and 27.9% were rented.



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