The best location to raise a family

One of life’s toughest decisions is where to raise a family – whether to ditch city living and higher earning potential for a suburban country-ish life, whether to make a compromise for the sake of a good school, whether to move out of town and commute in (often at the expense of quality family time, and what about being close to family?

There are just way too many things to think about. And no, for most of us we can’t just have it all.

Family Investments latest list of family hotspots includes a list of twenty locations that are great for family living. Check it out:

1. Bingham, Nottinghamshire
2. Crowthorne, Berkshire
3. Winscombe, Somerset
4. Colyton, Devon
5. Oakham, Rutland
6. Wokingham, Berkshire
7. Poynton, Cheshire
8. Swanland, Yorkshire
9. Faringdon, Oxfordshire
10. Dunnington, Yorkshire
11. Longridge, Lancashire
12. Church Crookham, Hampshire
13. Yarm, Yorkshire
14. Woodley, Berkshire
15. Shebbear, Devon
16. Leyland, Lancashire
17. Sedbergh, Yorkshire
18. Kirkham, Lancashire
19. Kesgrave, Suffolk
20. Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

So, what qualifies an area as family-awesome? The list was compiled on the basis of 67 criteria that cover the essentials of family living, including:

  • number of schools
  • school inspection outcomes
  • quantity and quality of Early Years care
  • affordability of childcare
  • local crime figures
  • property affordability (based on average house prices and local salaries)
  • existing population of parents with young children
  • parks and green spaces
  • leisure centres
  • zoos and farms
  • parks with Green Flag award
  • museums, galleries and theatres

All good things!

And it goes without saying that the areas featured on the top 20 list scored high in all if the mentioned criteria – CLICK HERE to read the full report.