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
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
0.07 – Recorded Crimes per Person
£35,716 – Median Full-Time Salary
England’s Most Family-Friendly Towns & Cities – Ranked
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.