The UK's top 10 locations to raise children

26 September 2011

The village of Winkleigh in Devon is the best place in the UK to bring up children, according to a study by investment mutual Family Investments.

The study of 'family friendly hotspots' was created by looking at more than 60 different sets of data. This included crime statistics, property prices, average salaries and childcare costs as well as lifestyle factors such as proximity to leisure centres, zoos, museums and green spaces.

The top 10

The top spot, Winkleigh, situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor, has an average salary of £37,566, far above the national average of £24,170. It also has one of the lowest crime rates in the UK, an average property price of £150,837 and strong education results.

Second on the list was the South Pemberton in Somerset while third was Galgate in Lancashire.

Within the top 10 spots in England and Wales were Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, Bromley Cross in Bolton and Moor Row in Cumbria.

More than 2,400 postcodes were analysed in the survey, which used data from a range of sources including Ofsted, the Land Registry, police crime figures and population data.

Top five high and low-risk postcodes

Kate Moore, head of savings and investments for Family Investments, says: "While we recognise that not everyone can lead a village life like the lucky residents of Winkleigh, we hope the factors we've identified will help families across the country when considering a new area to live. As parents, we might research local schools or house prices, but this new report brings all these elements and a great deal more together."

Rank Place Average key stage 2 scores Crime per capita Average price for two bed property Average salary Overall hotsport score
National average    27.47 0.05 £167,695 £24,170  
1 Winkleigh, Devon 29.15 0.01 £150,837 £37,566 19.76
2 Sourth Petherton, Somerset 30 0.02 £158,823 £25,489 18.89
3 Galgate, Lancashire 30.5 0.02 £159,398 £25,749 18.86
4 Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees 29.62 0.03 £131,478 £26,459 18.83
5 Bromley Cross, Bolton 28.87 0.02 £140,046 £31,918 18.75
6 Shebbear, Devon 28.2 0.01 £173,254 £53,064 18.65
7 Great Ayton, North Yorks 29.97 0.03 £168,789 £30,270 18.60
8 Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands 29.64 0.02 £171,464 £31,715 18.56
9 Moor Row, Cumbria 28.4 0.03 £76,548 £19,258 18.55
10 Bromyard, Herefordshire 29.6 0.03 £142,102 £37,857  18.53


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