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Brisbane and the Gold Coast lead Queensland for highest credit scores

Home to Australia's most iconic beaches and islands, Queensland has some of the best natural landscapes. But is the state's credit score quite as spectacular? Read on to find out.

Brisbane and the Gold Coast lead Queensland for highest credit scores

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At ClearScore, we are always looking for insights into credit scores and regularly review trends in the data of our half a million users. We’ve uncovered which areas in Queensland have the highest and lowest credit scores. Is it yours?

Queensland has 5.7 million people living in Australia’s second largest state, covering an area seven times larger than Great Britain. With awesome beaches, islands and breathtaking inland landscapes, it’s no wonder that Queensland attracts so many people to live here. But this amazing scenery is not leading to amazing credit scores with the State having the lowest average credit score against all other Australian states and territories. Maybe it’s too much of a distraction?

State / Territory

Average Credit Score

ACT

695

Northern Territory

687

Victoria

684

South Australia

681

New South Wales

677

Western Australia

674

Tasmania

671

Queensland

664

Source: www.ClearScore.com/au analysis of 450,000 users August 2021, Experian score

ClearScore looked at credit score amalgamated into areas defined as SA3 that cover geographic regions with populations of around 50,000 to 100,000. The outstanding performer was the Gold Coast Hinterland on the border with NSW with an average score of 735, putting them in bracket of some of the highest scores nationwide. Also in the top 10 were three other areas from the Gold Coast or just inland: Coolangatta (708), Mudgeeraba (700) and Beaudesert (699).

Four Brisbane suburbs also finished in the top 10 with Sherwood – Indooroopilly finishing top with 715. Brisbane Inner – west (707), the Hills District west of Brisbane (702) and Nathan (698) were next best. Finally, two areas from the Sunshine coast came in at 9th and 10th: Maroochy and Nambour – Pomona. Well done to all of these regions for being careful with their credit payments, we hope it means you get better deals on your home loans and credit cards!

Top Queensland areas

Average Credit Score

Gold Coast Hinterland

735

Sherwood – Indooroopilly

715

Coolangatta

708

Brisbane Inner - West

707

Hills District

702

Mudgeeraba - Tallebudgera

700

Beaudesert

699

Nathan

698

Maroochy

696

Nambour - Pomona

695

If the top scoring areas were concentrated in coast areas to the south of the state, the lowest average scores came from a variety of areas across the massive diversity of Queensland.

In the Far North and Outback-North of Queensland including towns such as Cairns and Cooktown, Queensland recorded two of its lowest 3 average scores with Far North at 629 and Outback-North at 629.

Logan, in between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, recorded 3 of the lowest credit score averages in the state with Springwood – Kingston at 624, Loganlea – Carbrook (638) and Browns Plain at 640. Also in the bottom 10 was Gladstone, 500km north of Brisbane, the Central Highlands west of Rockhampton.

Bottom Queensland areas

Average Credit Score

Central Highlands

643

Gladstone - Biloela

642

Browns Plains

641

Darling Downs - East

638

Loganlea - Carbrook

638

Darling Downs (West) - Maranoa

637

Springfield - Redbank

637

Outback - North

629

Far North

629

Springwood – Kingston

624

Thankfully, the credit score of your area is very unlikely to mean that you won’t be able to get a credit card or a car loan. What is important is your own credit score. Do you know yours? It’s crucial that how you manage your own credit history is generally what banks and lenders will look at. Everyone can improve their credit score by focusing on the basics and tracking their score over time. A great way to do so is with ClearScore. Download the ClearScore app and keep track of your credit score and credit report for free, forever.

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Stephen Smyth has worked in financial services since 1999, specialising in consumer credit. He has worked in banks and consumer credit companies in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, India, South African and has lived in Australia since 2013. He believes that people around the world can benefit from services liked ClearScore to make finances clearer, easier to understand and to find better deals to save money.