Where is best place in country to raise a family?

Choosing where to raise a family can be one of the biggest decisions any parent can make.

While some people choose to raise their families in the area where they grew up, many others look to relocate based on the quality of life, and to give their family the best option to thrive.

To help make this decision a little easier for parents, Royal London has analysed crime level data, community engagement, education standards and the number of family households for areas up and down the country. Each factor was then weighted and scored to reveal the best areas in England for families to thrive.

The historic county of Sussex has been revealed as the best area in England for a family to thrive.

Known for its stunning coastline and national parks, Sussex scored highly in the study thanks to its high number of community schemes and its high education rates.

Coming in a close second place is London.

It has great education rates and has seen an 8% increase in family households residing in the area over the last 6 years according to ONS data.

The South East had the most areas in the top ten ranking making it the best region in England to thrive.

The top ten areas can be seen in the table below:

Ranking

Area

The number of neighbourhood watch schemes in area

Crime data in region

Number of university degrees gained (2018)

% change in family households living in the area

Combined Weighted Score

1

Sussex

3552

728639

2014304

5%

2.619

2

London

1655

918731

2930393

8%

2.460

3

Gloucestershire

1786

378383

1079158

5%

2.213

4

Lincolnshire

1833

398489

799117

4%

2.058

5

Thames Valley

1454

728639

2014304

5%

2.021

6

Surrey

1225

728639

2014304

5%

1.956

7

Hampshire

1224

728639

2014304

5%

1.955

8

Northamptonshire

1192

398489

799117

4%

1.875

9

Devon & Cornwall

547

378383

1079158

5%

1.860

10

Avon & Somerset

384

378383

1079158

5%

1.814

Mona Patel, consumer spokesperson at Royal London, said: “Quality of life can have a big influence on families and their moving decisions. Our analysis shows Sussex with its high education rates and community schemes, as the best area for families to thrive in England.

“Parents want their children to enjoy an idyllic childhood, filled with carefree adventures, fun and friendship. And a lot of that is centred around the environment in which they grow up. With the exception of London, the data shows that families are more likely to thrive outside of big cities.”

The full findings can be seen at: https://www.royallondon.com/articles-guides/life-insurance/best-place-in-England-for-families/

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