The best public schools with the cheapest cost of living

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With many families across Australia seeking to live in catchment areas of the best schools around the country, analysis by finder.com.au shows that families can live in more affordable areas and still in catchment areas of the best schools, based on high NAPLAN scores.

Below is research comparing property prices and rent in NSW top ranking public schools. The fact is that you don't need a million dollar mortgage to gain entry into some of the best schools in each state.

Top NSW primary schools with cost of living

Primary School Average total scoreMedia house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Artarmon Public School (Artarmon) 542.1 $1.7M $637,000 $980 $580
Lindfield East Public School (East Lindfield) 535.7 $1.63M $650,000 $1,120 $610
Maroubra Bay Public School (Maroubra) 535.1 $1.29M $619,000 $845 $590
Epping Heights Public School (Epping) 532.9 $1.13M $606,500 $750 $535
St Ives North Public School (St Ives) 532.6 $1.16M $665,500 $1,040 $675
Hunters Hill Public School (Hunters Hill) 532.5 $1.86M $593,000 $1,140 $480
Hornsby North Public School (Hornsby) 531.5 $764,000 $491,500 $575 $495
Neutral Bay Public School (Neutral Bay) 529.8 $1.48M $718,500 $1,020 $640
Matthew Peare Public School (Baulkham Hills) 529.7 $728,000 $544,000 $630 $550
Eastwood Public School (Eastwood) 527.5 $1.11M $504,500 $745 $490
Summer Hill Public School (Summer Hill) 527.3 $1.12M $542,500 $695 $485
Epping West Public School (Epping)527.2$1.13M$606,500$750$535
Woollahra Public School (Woollahra)526.9$2.06M$770,500$1,420$700
Carlingford West Public School (Carlingford)526.6$877,500$552,500$650$535
Mulgoa Public School (Mulgoa)525.6$545,000$424,500$555$485
Pymble Public School (Pymble)525.2$1.44M$654,500$1,130$625
Beecroft Public School (Beecroft)524.3$1.12M$657,500$765$555
Hurstville Public School (Hurtsville)523.6$1.03M$525,000$675$515
Murray Farm Public School (Carlingford) 522.5 $877,500 $552,500 $650 $535
Epping North Public School (North Epping)520.8$981,000$756,000$670$610

Top NSW high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedia house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
James Ruse Agricultural High School (Carlingford) 731.7 $877,500$552,500 $650 $535
North Sydney Girls High School (Crows Nest) 712.7 $1.25M $641,500 $900 $645
Sydney Girls High School (Surry Hills)708.2 $1.17M $491,500 $575 $495
Hornsby Girls High School (Hornsby) 702.9 $764,000 $544,000 $630 $550
Baulkham Hills High School (Baulkham Hills) 691.3 $728,000 $415,000 $470 $440
Girraween High School (Girraween)689.1 $586,000 $609,500 $900 $645
Sydney Boys High School (Surry Hills) 688.9 $1.17M $446,500 $560 $455
St George Girls High School (Kogarah) 683.7 $876,500 $537,500 $770 $515
Fort Street High School (Petersham) 682.5 $954,500 $669,500 $1,100 $670
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus (North Curl Curl) 682.5 $1.42M $568,500 $695 $535
Normanhurst Boys High School (Normanhurst) 677.3 $823,000 $301,500 $475 $355
Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Glenfield)676$445,000$282,000$400$340
Penrith High School (Penrith)670.2$399,000$478,000$605$490
Sydney Technical High School (Bexley)669.9$830,000$492,000$630$470
Caringbah High School (Caringbah)666.4$861,500$343,500$450$390
Merewether High School (Broadmeadow)665.3$471,000$375,500$475$420
Smiths Hill High School (Wollongong)662.1$574,500$290,500$395$355
Gosford High School (Gosford)659.5$397,500$290,500$395$355
Conservatorium High School (Sydney) 651.5 $1.79M $623,000$1,100 $735
Sefton High School (Sefton)620$565,500$359,000$535$445

Top VIC primary schools with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedia house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Doncaster Gardens Primary School (Doncaster East)530.6 $748,500$537,500 $505 $450
Serpell Primary School (Templestowe)525.2 $887,500 $487,500 $625 $415
Beverley Hills Primary School (Doncaster East)525.1 $748,500 $537,500 $505 $450
Parktone Primary School (Parkdale)524.7 $790,000 $456,500 $560 $385
Ashburton Primary School (Ashburton)519.8 $1.04M $600,000 $595 $515
Hampton Primary School (Hampton)519.2 $1.26M $600,000 $890 $500
Camberwell Primary School (Camberwell)516.4 $1.39M $621,000 $790 $450
Mount Blowhard Primary School (Blowhard)515.9 $340,000 $218,000 $345 $235
Mount View Primary School (Glen Waverley)513.2 $771,000 $530,500 $490 $425
Hartwell Primary School (Camberwell)512.4 $1.39M $621,000 $790 $450
Ivanhoe East Primary School (Ivanhoe East)512.2 $1.41M $524,500 $700 $410
Camelot Rise Primary School (Glen Waverley)512$771,000$530,500$490$425
Mont Albert Primary School (Mont Albert)511.7$1.34M$549,000$740$420
Donburn Primary School (Doncaster East)510.6$748,500$537,500$505$450
Merri Creek Primary School (Fitzroy North)509.8$939,000$574,500$695$480
Brandon Park Primary School (Wheelers Hill)509.6$687,500$460,500$465$380
Pinewood Primary School (Mount Waverley)509.5$794,000$569,000$485$455
Glendal Primary School (Glen Waverley)508.5$771,000$530,500$490$425
Banyule Primary School (Rosanna)505.4 $714,000 $459,500$455 $375
Glenferrie Primary School (Hawthorn)504.5$1.51M$488,500$830$390

Top VIC high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedia house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Box Hill High School (Box Hill)611.5 $864,000$414,500 $510 $365
Balwyn High School (Balwyn North)609.1 $1.18M $707,500 $640 $530
Glen Waverley Secondary College (Glen Waverley)606.8 $771,000 $530,500 $490 $425
University High School (Parkville)605.6 $1.28M $541,000 $870 $445
Melbourne Girls College (Richmond)604.7 $907,000 $510,000 $625 $435
Mckinnon Secondary College (Mckinnon)602.6 $1.06M $586,000 $705 $515
Murrayville Community College (Murrayville)599.4 - $218,000 $100 $235
Canterbury Girls Secondary College (Canterbury)596.4 $1.86M $663,500 $940 $490
Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary School (Southbank)594.8 $849,500 $549,000 $650 $565
Northcote High School (Northcote)592.5 $872,500 $427,500 $660 $400
Buckley Park College (Essendon)589.6 $935,000 $422,500 $540 $360
Mentone Girls Secondary College (Mentone)588.2$772,000$439,000$545$360
Mount Waverley Secondary College (Mount Waverley)587.1$794,000$569,000$485$455
Viewbank College (Rosanna)586.8$714,000$459,500$455$375
Brighton Secondary College (Brighton East)586.5$1.2M$619,000$830$505
Brentwood Secondary College (Glen Waverley)584.9$771,000$530,500$490$425
East Doncaster Secondary College (Doncaster East)584.6$748,500$537,500$505$450
 Donald High School, Donald584.3$116,500$183,500$180$190
Koonung Secondary College (Mont Albert North)583.4 $934,000 $645,500$540 $480
Camberwell High School (Canterbury)582.5$1.86M$663,500$940$490

Top QLD primary schools with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Bardon State School (Bardon)510$792,000$566,000$670$530
Ironside State School (St Lucia)506.8$954,000$445,500$790$475
Ashgrove State School (Ashgrove)506.5$780,500$415,000$640$405
Fig Tree Pocket State School (Fig Tree Pocket)502.7$825,500$1,350,000$720$1,040
Indooroopilly State School (Indooroopilly)501.8$710,000$420,000$605$440
Upper Brookfield State School (Upper Brookfield)498.9$770,500$517,000$655$555
Seven Hills State School (Seven Hills)498.3$635,500$396,500$560$420
Graceville State School (Graceville)498.1$693,000$419,000$615$445
Robertson State School (Robertson)497.7$756,500$339,000$630$450
Rainworth State School (Bardon)497.7$792,000$566,000$670$530
MacGregor State School (Macgregor)497.6$574,000$402,000$550$440
Yeronga State School (Yeronga)494.9$660,500$379,500$495$390
Kelvin Grove State College (Kelvin Grove)491.5$661,000$421,000$560445
Sunnybank Hills State School (Sunnybank Hills)490.9$510,000$354,000$480$415
Holland Park State School (Holland Park)489.6$579,500$364,500$485$375
Chapel Hill State School (Chapel Hill)489.2$663,000$528,500$600$550
Buranda State School (Buranda)487.1----
New Farm State School (New Farm)486.8$1.13M$503,000$775$490
Coorparoo State School (Coorparoo)486.1$672,500$364,500$575$385
Norman Park State School (Norman Park)485.7$697,500$496,500$605$475

Top QLD high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Kelvin Grove State College (Kelvin Grove)578.4$661,000$421,000$560$445
Varsity College (Varsity College)572.4$451,000$347,500$475$415
North Lakes State College (North Lakes)559$448,000$347,000$445$355
Miriam Vale State School (Miriam Vale)558.9$239,500$318,000$265$325
Chancellor State College (Sippy Downs)553.7$409,500$230,500$450$295
Wallumbilla State School (Wallumbilla)553.1$203,000$276,000$290$310
Meridan State College (Meridan Plains)552.1$453,500$346,500$485$400
Blackall State School (Blackall)551.8$148,500$276,000$195$310
Kawana Waters State College (Bokarina)547.1$487,000$302,000$500$350
Inglewood State School (Inglewood)546.1$118,000$276,000$110$310
Earnshaw State College (Banyo)546$438,500$349,500$430$405
Crow's Nest State School (Crow's Nest)545.5$230,500$276,000$245$310
Barcaldine Prep-12 State School (Barcaldine)544.3$218,000$276,000$270$310
Killarney State School (Killarney)544.1$209,000$276,000$210$310
Millmerran State School (Millmerran)543.9$208,000$276,000$250$310
Calen District State College (Calen)542.3$282,000$276,000$245$310
Dimbulah State School (Dimbulah)542.1$171,000$276,000$200$310
Stretton State College (Stretton)541.8$651,500$351,500$600$390
Calamvale Community College537.5$522,000$350,000$500$390
Whites Hill State College (Camp Hill)536.6$653,500$402,000$600$425

Top SA primary school with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Linden Park Primary School (Linden Park)495.7$665,500$334,000$480$325
Norwood Primary School (Norwood)493.4$720,500$441,500$540$420
Bridgewater Primary School (Bridgewater)488.5$420,000$355,000$395$355
Sturt Street Community School (Adelaide)488.1$539,000$364,500$470$410
Stirling East Primary School (Stirling)488$640,000$507,000$525$495
Rose Park Primary School (Rose Park)487.8$1.08M$443,500$730$405
Burnside Primary School (Burnside)487.3$708,000$390,500$555$370
Marryatville Primary School (Kensington)486.8$619,000$404,500$445$375
East Marden Primary School (Campbelltown)486.5$430,000$275,500$375$275
Scott Creek Primary School (Scott Creek)486.3$560,500$921,000$460$810
East Adelaide School (Saint Peters)484.3----
Glenburnie Primary School (Glenburnie)483.4$406,500$224,000$350$220
North Adelaide Primary School (North Adelaide)480$805,000$403,500$615$380
Parkside Primary School (Parkside)477.2$704,500$403,500$545$375
Crafers Primary School (Crafers)477$603,000$330,000$515$350
Walkerville Primary School (Walkerville)474.5$971,000$370,000$635$360
Poonindie Community Learning Centre (Poonindie)472.8$250,500$224,000$205$220
Macclesfield Primary School (Macclesfield)472.8$351,500$176,000$325$220
Kimba Area School (Kimba)472.1$153,000$224,000$185$220
Wudinna Area School (Wudinna)471.8$211,000$224,000$225$220

Top SA high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Tintinara Area School (Tintinara)567.2$130,000$224,000$150$220
Lucindale Area School (Lucindale)566.2$141,000$224,000$165$220
Kimba Area School (Kimba)561.7$153,000$224,000$185$220
Karoonda Area School (Karoonda)559.7$145,500$224,000$160$220
Allendale East Area School (Allendale East)556.3$204,500$224,000$195$220
Keith Area School (Keith)556.2$130,500$174,000$160$175
Booleroo Centre District School (Booleroo)553.7$173,000$224,000$195$220
Wudinna Area School (Wudinna)552.2$211,000$224,000$225$220
Cowell Area School (Cowell)551.6$238,500$118,000$240$195
Orroroo Area School (Orroroo)551$157,000$61,500$190$60
Kingston Community School (Kingston Se)550.8$248,500$191,500$205$155
Lameroo Regional Community School (Lameroo)549.2$113,500$41,500$145$45
Tumby Bay Area School (Tumby Bay)546.1$285,000$236,500$275$245
Ardrossan Area School (Ardrossan)544.3$280,000$301,500$260$220
Cummins Area School (Cummins)543.9$160,000$128,000$225$160
Oakbank Area School (Oakbank)543.4$527,000$295,500$445$305
William Light R-12 School (Plympton)542.6$500,500$251,000$410$275
The Heights School (Modbury Heights)541.2$349,500$245,000$360$250
Clare High School (Clare)541$263,500$227,500$290$240
Hallett Cove School (Hallett Cove)540.9$397,000$269,000$385$315

Top NT primary schools with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Nakara Primary School (Nakara)461.2$636,500$404,000$635$425
Parap Primary School (Parap)453.9$791,000$394,000$790$500
Larrakeyah Primary School (Larrakeyah)442.2$1.05M$453,500$995$525
Ross Park Primary School (Alice Springs)441.7$405,000$700,000$580$355
Leanyer Primary School (Leanyer)437.5$650,500$436,500$640$465
Stuart Park Primary School (Stuart Park)435.9$801,500$524,000$725$565
Nightcliff Primary School (Nightcliff)434.1$795,000$365,500$775$420
Nhulunbuy Primary School (Nhulunbuy)431.9$532,500$413,500$570$470
Bees Creek Primary School (Freds Pass)431.1$773,500$413,500$680$470
Durack Primary School (Durack)429.3$579,500$438,500$600$545
Wanguri Primary School (Wanguri)427.3$595,500$352,500$615$405
Moil Primary School (Moil)427.3$566,000$499,500$585$420
Wagaman Primary School (Wagaman)426.7$588,500$337,000$570$370
Jingili Primary School (Jingili)426.6$611,500$411,000$605$450
Bakewell Primary School (Bakewell)422$517,000$386,000$565$445
Ludmilla Primary School (Ludmilla)417.8$676,500$396,500$690$430
Bradshaw Primary School (Alice Springs)417.6$405,000$700,000$580$355
Alyangula Area School (Alyangula)413.6$532,500$413,500$570$470
Woodroffe Primary School (Woodroffe)413$502,500$345,000$540$405
Girraween Primary School (Girraween)408.5$479,000$395,500$565$445

Top NT high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Darwin Middle School (The Gardens) (Years 7-9)555.6$1.4M$468,000$955$545
Dripstone Middle School (Tiwi) (Years 7-9)536.5$580,500$420,000$555$430
Nhulunbuy High School (Nhulunbuy)529.3$532,500$413,500$570$470
Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)513.4$525,000$410,500$545$455
Nightcliff Middle School (Rapid Creek)509.2$716,000$446,500$705$475
Rosebery Middle School (Palmerston)504.3$1.08M$574,000$835$565
Alyangula Area School (Alyangula)502$532,500$413,500$570$470
Centralian Middle School (Alice Springs) (Years 7-9)492.8$405,000$700,000$580$355
Sanderson Middle School (Malak)485.4$590,500$394,000$580$455
Jabiru Area School, Jabiru485.2$532,500$413,500$570$470
Katherine High School (Katherine East)484.3$370,500$277,000$470$370
Batchelor Area School (Batchelor)464.9$318,500$413,500$335$470
Borroloola School (Borroloola)415.9$460,000$413,500$480$470
Tennant Creek High School (Tennant Creek)415.2$244,000$152,500$350$180
Minyerri School (Minyerri)382----
Warruwi School (Warruwi)378.1$552,000$413,500$475$470
Shepherdson College (Galiwinku)376.9$552,000$413,500$475$470
Ramingining School (Ramingining371.9$552,000$413,500$475$470
Gapuwiyak School (Gapuwiyak)368.8$532,500$413,500$570$470
Numbulwar School (Numbulwar)350.8$552,000$413,500$475$470

Top WA primary schools with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Nedlands Primary School (Nedlands)515.1$1.65M$667,000$985$560
Dalkeith Primary School (Dalkeith)514.6$2.55M$1.14M$1,400$835
Rosalie Primary School (Shenton Park)514$1.18M$546,000$765$490
Carine Primary School (Carine)511.1$805,000$516,500$645$440
Rossmoyne Primary School (Rossmoyne)510.6$1.15M$729,000$710$635
Dalmain Primary School (Kingsley)507$616,000$439,500$565$435
North Cottesloe Primary School (Cottesloe)505.4$1.86M$821,000$1,190$655
Attadale Primary School (Attadale)505$1.3M$692,500$745$565
Churchlands Primary School (Floreat)503.1$1.33M$906,500$895$605
Kyilla Primary School (North Perth)502.1$901,000$570,000$655$555
West Leederville Primary School (Leederville)501.2$902,000$582,500$665$535
Kapinara Primary School (City Beach)499.6$1.81M$909,000$1,070$740
Applecross Primary School (Applecross)499.2$1.63M$797,000$880$700
Riverton Primary School (Riverton)497.7$704,500$544,000$500$490
Mount Hawthorn Primary School (Mount Hawthorn)497.5$931,000$619,000$660$575
Goollelal Primary School, Kingsley497.4$616,000$439,500$565$435
Burrendah Primary School (Willetton)497.1$687,500$518,000$565$505
Oberthur Primary School (Bull Creek)495.7$706,000$504,500$585$460
Doubleview Primary School (Doubleview)495.4$749,000$604,000$575$570
Cottesloe Primary School (Peppermint Grove)495.3$3.81M$674,500$2,140$500

Top WA high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Lake Grace District High School (Lake Grace)589.8$186,500$323,000$225$240
Kulin District High School (Kulin)582$163,000$298,500$195$335
Christmas Island District High School (Christmas Island)571.1$314,500$191,500$280$95
Narembeen District High School (Narembeen)562.7$116,000$61,500$165$55
Bruce Rock District High School (Bruce Rock)560.4$158,000$298,500$190$335
Ravensthorpe District High School558.9$134,500$238,000$200$255
Boyup Brook District High School (Boyup Brook)558.8$179,000$298,500$230$335
Dowerin District High School555$131,500$298,500$165$335
Kalbarri District High School (Kalbarri)550.8$316,500$277,500$220$245
Nannup District High School (Nannup)549.3$260,000$2.58M$230$1,540
Kojonup District High School (Kojonup)549.3$209,000$187,500$240$255
Kinross College (Kinross)546.8$544,000$411,500$510$420
Wongan Hills District High School546.6$193,500$149,000$185$235
Toodyay District High School (Toodyay)546.4$322,000$211,000$305$225
Boddington District High School (Boddington)546.3$312,500$299,500$335$375
Pemberton District High School (Pemberton)543.8$199,500$106,000$230$80
Ballajura Community College (Ballajura)543.1$469,000$374,500$475$395
Corrigin District High School (Corrigan)542.9$169,000$298,500$200$335
Dalyellup College (Dalyellup)542.1$422,000$314,000$415$595
Wyalkatchem District High School (Wyalkatchem)540.5$126,500$298,500$160$335

Top ACT primary schools with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Garran Primary School (Garran)509.6$774,500$556,500$665$520
Turner School (Turner)496.6$1.04M$474,500$590$470
Telopea Park School (Barton)496.3$1.11M$577,500$610$555
Kaleen Primary School (Kaleen)493.6$536,000$400,500$495$405
Mawson Primary School (Mawson)489.7$623,500$439,500$510$425
Red Hill Primary School (Red Hill)486.2$1.12M$503,000$775$430
Aranda Primary School (Aranda)486$732,000$445,000$610$405
Torrens Primary School (Torrens)485.8$622,500$430,500$515$405
North Ainslie Primary School (Ainslie)477.5$728,000$675,000$570$525
Yarralumla Primary School (Yarralumla)473.7$1.07M$831,500$765$700
Chapman Primary School (Chapman)473.1$706,000$725,500$610$560
Maribyrnong Primary School (Kaleen)472.8$670,000$409,500$490$375
Forrest Primary School (Forest)471.1$2.01M$576,500$1,230$575
Lyneham Primary School (Lyneham)471$625,000$426,000$525$400
Ainslie School (Braddon)470.4$816,000$421,000$520$435
Farrer Primary School (Farrer)470.2$704,500$361,500$615$365
Majura Primary School (Watson)469.9$592,000$375,500$490$380
Gowrie Primary School (Gowrie)469.7$502,500$640,000$475$505
Hawker Primary School (Hawker)468.4$711,000$310,000$585$325
Arawang Primary School (Waramanga)467.8$521,500$369,500$460$395

Top ACT high schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Telopea Park School (Barton)596.7$1.11M$577,500$610$555
Lyneham High School (Lyneham)580.9$625,000$426,000$525$400
Alfred Deakin High School (Deakin)577.6$980,000$717,000$685$630
Canberra High School (Macquarie)557.3$533,500$385,500$480$380
Campbell High School (Campbell)553.2$885,000$327,500$615$355
Amaroo School (Amaroo)549.6$508,500$430,000$515$435
Stromlo High School (Waramanga)548.2$521,500$369,500$460$395
Melrose High School (Pearce)547$660,500$436,000$560$400
Belconnen High School (Hawker)541.4$711,000$310,000$585$325
Wanniassa School (Wanniassa)536.3$478,500$368,000$465$380
Calwell High School (Calwell)528.3$458,500$356,000$455$375
Caroline Chisholm School (Chisholm)524.9$447,500$322,500$450$345
Lanyon High School (Conder)524.4$481,500$378,000$470$390
Kingsford Smith School (Holt)520.8$423,000$351,500$425$355

Top TAS primary schools with cost of living

Primary SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Princes Street Primary School (Sandy Bay)503.9$632,000$341,000$510$350
South Hobart Primary School (South Hobart)501.6$418,500$301,000$395$305
Mount Nelson Primary School (Mount Nelson)498.8$476,500$238,500$370$250
Albuera Street Primary School (Battery Point))497.9$798,500$458,500$665$425
Waimea Heights Primary School (Sandy Bay)494.6$632,000$341,000$510$350
Mount Stuart Primary School (Mount Stuart)490.6$500,500$259,500$420$260
Taroona Primary School (Taroona)485.2$442,500$320,000$395$350
Lansdowne Crescent Primary School (West Hobart)484.3$508,000$332,000$455$320
East Launceston Primary School (East Launceston)481.1$387,000$205,000$360$225
Illawarra Primary School (Blackmans Bay)477.5$397,500$261,000$370$290
Westbury Primary School (Westbury)474.4$233,000$184,500$240$230
Montagu Bay Primary School (Montagu Bay)474.3$343,500$287,500$325$305
West Launceston Primary School (West Launceston)468.2$299,000$204,500$310$230
Molesworth Primary School (Molesworth)465.7$278,000$135,500$295$205
New Town Primary School464.6$462,500$233,000$395$260
Goulburn Street Primary School (West Hobart)464.5$508,000$332,000$455$320
Boat Harbour Primary School (Boat Harbour)462.3$355,500$197,000$285$220
Evandale Primary School (Evandale)462$250,000$232,000$290$275
Meander Primary School (Meander)461.4$265,000$165,500$250$215
Burnie Primary School (Burnie)461$227,500$165,500$275$200

Top Tas primary schools with cost of living

High SchoolAverage total scoreMedian house priceMedian unit priceMedian house rentMedian unit rent
Taroona High School (Taroona)586.7$442,500$320,000$395$350
Kingston High School (Kingston)558.7$331,500$270,500$345$295
Riverside High School (Riverside)556.8$294,000$210,000$325$230
Clarence High School  (Bellerive)554.3$420,000$289,000$375$295
Sheffield School (Sheffield)552.1$227,000$152,000$250$175
Burnie High School (Cooee)550.9$242,000$138,000$255$145
Ogilvie High School (New Town)550.8$462,500$233,000$395$260
St Helens District High School550.7$227,000$202,000$230$200
Penguin High School (Penguin)548$245,000$232,500$280$205
Tasman District School (Nubeena)547.5$192,000$257,000$215$275
Rose Bay High School (Lindisfarne)544.4$354,500$285,500$340$305
Devonport High School (Devonport)541.2$230,500$204,500$260$235
Lilydale District School (Lilydale)536.6$274,500$57,000$270$60
Winnaleah District High School (Winnaleah)533.9$114,500$197,000$155$220
New Town High School (New Town)533.9$462,500$233,000$395$260
Scottsdale High School (Scottsdale)533.6$164,500$126,000$225$140
Latrobe High School (Latrobe)533.6$239,000$238,000$250$240
Exeter High School (Exeter)533.3$314,000$248,500$285$245
Deloraine High School (Deloraine)531.2$244,000$229,500$255$235
St Marys District School (St Marys)529.3$148,000$52,000$155$90

Sources:

  • The finder.com.au research is based on data published on the Your School Website, which provides results for national literacy and numeracy tests, known as NAPLAN.
  • Schools included in the study with more than 50 students according to My School website (www.myschool.edu.au)
  • Median house price and median weekly rent data via onthehouse.com.au Investor Centre
  • All distance education schools were excluded
  • Some schools may be excluded due to limitations with the data
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