Where are the most family friendly places to live in the UK?

Family Investments have just published their 3rd annual Family Friendly Hotspots report, detailing the best places here in the UK to bring up a family. The report is a result of analysing 2,400 postcodes throughout England and Wales to reveal the top 20 best places to bring up a family.

The factors taken into consideration to find the most family friendly places to live in the UK are:

  • Education
  • Safety
  • Childcare costs
  • Local amenities
  • Affordable property
  • Green spaces

The best and safest places for families to live in the UK organised by postcode

Have a look here if you would like to check your postcode and see how it measures up!

UK Map - Where are the most family friendly places to live in the UK?My area came out a fair bit worse than the national average on crime and safety, and more expensive than average for house prices (to be expected, we do live in London). But when it comes to education, our local schools are doing better than most and we have 8x the average amount of Green flag parks in our postcode area!

This years new results which have only just been revealed have shown that the Welsh postcodes stand out as the safest place to raise children. I can totally believe this, based on our trip to Wales over the summer. It did seem very calm, safe and tranquil compared to where we live.  The Family Friendly Hotspots report finds Llwyngwril, St Marys, Abercych, Dyffryn Ardudwy and Seascale are the safest areas of England and Wales in which to raise a family in terms of crime.

90% of people stated that crime was the biggest factor when considering where to live, but If other factors are your top priority, then you may be interested to know that Brighton, Hove and Waltham Forest were named as the best areas for childcare provision. Meanwhile, Wokingham, Broadstairs and Gateshead were found to have the best local amenities.

Here are the overall results for each category. Is your postcode amongst them?

Safest postal districts in which to raise a family

1 LL37 Llwyngwril

2 TR21 St Marys

3 SA37 Abercych

4 LL44 Dyffryn Ardudwy

5 CA20 Seascale

6 SA34 Whitland

7 LL69 Penysarn

8 LL51 Garndolbenmaen

9 LD4 Llangammarch Wells

10 TR2 Probus

11 SY17 Carno

12 SA63 Clarbeston Road

13 EX21 Shebbear

14 TA22 Dulverton

15 SY19 Llanbrynmair

16 SY15 Montgomery

17 SA41 Crymych

18 SA32 Peniel

19 PL33 Delabole

20 NE68 Seahouses

Postal districts with the best childcare provision

1 BN1 Brighton

2 BN3 Hove

3 E17 Waltham Forest

4 BS16 Bristol

5 LE5 Leicester

6 SO19 Southampton

7 BN2 Brighton

8 BB2 Blackburn

9 SL4 Windsor

10 ST6 Stoke-On-Trent

11 PE1 Peterborough

12 E14 Tower Hamlets

13 SN3 Swindon

14 ST3 Stoke-On-Trent

15 IP14 Stowmarket

16 E4 Waltham Forest

17 CO10 Sudbury

18 DE23 Derby

19 LE15 Oakham

20 NW1 Camden

‘Most fun’ postal districts

1 RG40 Wokingham

2 CT10 Broadstairs

3 NE11 Gateshead

4 DT1 Dorchester

5 B78 Polesworth

6 PO30 Newport

7 GL50 Cheltenham

8 CA12 Keswick

9 RM20 Grays

10 DA9 Greenhithe

11 EX5 Bradninch

12 SY23 Aberystwyth

13 BH21 Wimborne

14 BS2 Bristol

15 CH62 Wirral

16 PL25 St. Austell

17 MK41 Bedford

18 TF3 Telford

19 BA1 Bath

20 PO20 Selsey

What do you think of the results? and how has your area fared? 

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4 thoughts on “Where are the most family friendly places to live in the UK?”

  1. I have recently moved to Dyffryn Ardudwy in Gwynedd, and it is one of the most laid back, care free places to live.

    If you are after a virtually crime free location, great place to raise children, views to die for, and just enough civic amenities to make life tolerable, then Dyffryn has it all.

    A well maintained shop, award winning butchers, petrol garage, and so removed from the noises of city life, that for some, the tranquility and solitude may be unnerving.

    It’s only downside, if your after such niceties, is that there is no nightlife, no fast food joints, nothing to amuse a unruly teenager.

    If your after the quiet life, beautiful country walks, amazing beaches, and want to escape the noises of the city, Dyffryn has it all.


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