Coffs a baby hotspot
NEW figures from the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages reveal Coffs Harbour is a growing baby hotspot.
Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie were the only regional towns in the Mid North Coast on the list of top 100 baby suburbs and towns in the state.
The report said there were 251 babies born in Coffs Harbour last year, a drop from 2014 figures of 312.
In Port Macquarie, 378 babies born last year - that's 88 less than 2014.
Armidale was close behind Coffs Harbour with 238 births while Tamworth welcomed 366 babies last year.
Age care expert, Professor Colleen Cartwright said the consistently high numbers of births on the Coffs Coast suggests more families are moving to the region.
"This is obviously good news because it means younger families are moving to the area," Prof Cartwright said.
Prof Cartwright said the high birth numbers provide future benefits across many sectors including education.
Coffs Harbour is among the top 100 baby suburbs and towns in the state last year.
Coffs Harbour - 251
Port Macquarie - 378
Armidale - 238
Tamworth - 366
Source: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages