England’s Most Family-Friendly Towns & Cities

If you’re looking for the perfect place to settle down with your family, factors such as quality school, things to do and a low crime rate are important to take into account.

We’ve ranked the 25 most populated towns and cities in the country on eight family-friendly factors to reveal the best places to settle down and raise a family.

Best Towns & Cities For:

Overall Score: Liverpool

70.84 – Out of 100

Schools: Liverpool

22.92% – of Schools Deemed ‘Outstanding’

Cost of Childcare: Plymouth

£525 – per Month

Things to Do: Plymouth

20.63 – Kids Attractions per 100,000 People

Young Families: Luton

36.1% – of Households with Dependent Children

Eating Out: Brighton & Hove

219.06 – Child-Friendly Restaurants per 100,000 People

Affordable Housing: Leicester

£238,553 – Average House Price

Safety: Reading

0.07 – Recorded Crimes per Person

Earnings: London

£35,716 – Median Full-Time Salary

England’s Most Family-Friendly Towns & Cities – Ranked

Sources/Methodology

We ranked England’s 25 most populated cities on the following factors, giving each a normalised score out of ten, before combining these for a final score out of 100.

Note: while we initially set out to compare the most populated cities in the UK as a whole, the differences between educational institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (as well as a lack of comparable data in some other sections) meant we had to limit our research to England.

Private Childcare Monthly Cost

Average monthly cost of private preschool/kindergarten full-day childcare according to Numbeo.

% of ‘Outstanding’ Schools

The number of schools rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, shown as a percentage of the total number of schools in the area (according to GOV.UK).

(Note: for Northampton, school data was unavailable at Local Authority level, so the schools within the Northampton North and Northampton South parliamentary constituencies were used.)

Recorded Crimes per Person

Number of annual recorded crimes per person, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Median Full-Time Salary

Median annual salary for full-time employees according to the Office for National Statistics.

Average House Price

Current average house price according to Zoopla.

‘Good for Kids’ Attractions per 100,000 People

Number of attractions tagged as being ‘Good for Kids’, per 100,000 population according to TripAdvisor.

‘Child-Friendly’ Restaurants per 100,000 People

Number of restaurants tagged as being ‘Child-Friendly’, per 100,000 population according to TripAdvisor.

% of Households with Dependent Children

Number of households with a dependent child according to 2011 Census data, accessed at Nomis.