Bath is best for babies: UK’s most family-friendly cities revealed
New data from price comparison site MoneySuperMarket has revealed that Bath is 2018’s best UK city to raise a family.
The Family Living Index was created to guide parents – or soon to be parents – looking to futureproof their next move and guide them into selecting the best location to raise a family. The annual Index analysed 35 of the UK’s biggest cities against key factors that impact family life, including local school rankings, access to green space, likelihood of burglary, house prices, job opportunities and average salary – matching year-on-year data to analyse movements in the index.
The results reveal that Bath is the place to be for young families, overtaking last year’s hot spot Newcastle, with the south east hub seeing positive movements in almost all categories. The level of ‘outstanding’ schools and job opportunities in the area helped the city climb the charts, with the highest score out of all cities analysed at 13.76 jobs per 100 capita.
Bath jumped four places in the table to take the top spot, capping off a great year for the city, which is being widely heralded as one of the best places to live in the UK. So what made Bath stand out this year, and which cities in the UK are hot on its heels?
Top five family-friendly cities
Bath jumped four places to grab the top spot, seeing improvement across almost all categories and a rise in the average salary at £34,686 – notably higher than the national average at £31,966. Bath also owes its spot due to highest job availability of all cities analysed, with 13.76 jobs per 100 capita.
Last year’s top spot, Newcastle dropped into second place despite posting strong results across almost all categories including an increase in disposable income at £19,190 on average. The demotion is in part due to the city seeing a reduction in job opportunities.
This year Wolverhampton scores highly on jobs and affordable housing, with an average house price of £141,458. However, it missed out on the top two spots due to a lack of local parks.
Although Manchester was low on availability of green space, house prices are comparatively low at an average of £173,381. Schools and income improvements, alongside a significant reduction in burglary rates, saw Manchester jump 12 places into the top five.
The welsh city scraped into the top five thanks to the highest park score of all cities analysed per 100,000 capita. Additionally, Swansea also saw an increase in the average household disposable income to £15,604.
London continues to rank bottom of the list for families due to a higher crime rate, huge competition for school places and the nation’s highest average house prices of £484,172.
You can take a look at the full breakdown of results here – https://www.moneysupermarket.com/life-insurance/best-family-cities/