‘Top 20 best towns to raise a family’

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places to bring up a familyThe market town of Wokingham has been named the best area in England and Wales in which to bring up a family.

According to research commissioned by Family Investments, the Berkshire town - which has a population of 30,000 - scored extremely well in terms of quality of schools, childcare provision, affordability and crime levels.

Situated just 33 miles from London, it has good transport links to the capital and the nearby M4 which make it an attractive town for businesses, leading to the relative affluence of the area with an average salary of £33,544.

The report

When compiling the study, Family Investments considered factors such as key stage two and four results, school inspection outcomes, quantity and quality of early years care, affordability of childcare, local crime figures and property affordability.

The availability of an existing population of parents with young children, parks and green spaces, leisure centres, zoos and farms and museums and theatres were also taken into account.

The rest of the top 20 towns are dominated by counties in the south east and south west.

They are: Woodley, Berkshire; Chulmleigh, Devon; Lightwater, Surrey; Shebbear, Devon; Oakham, Rutland; Bromley Cross, Lancashire; Bingham, Nottinghamshire; Chinnor, Oxfordshire; Yarm, Yorkshire; and Chandlers Ford, Hampshire.

These are closely followed by Bloxham, Oxfordshire; Malmesbury, Wiltshire; Wendover, Buckinghamshire; Bradninch, Devon; Topsham, Devon; Twyford, Berkshire; Dunnington, Yorkshire; Guildford, Surrey and Llangammarch Wells, Powys.

Looking for a family friendly place to live?

Finding the right area in which to raise your kids can be a challenge. It has to be affordable and also tick all the boxes in terms of schools and childcare - which can include extended schools - at the same time.

But don't worry if you're struggling to decide where to live as Family Investments has created an online tool to enable families to compare areas according to their postcode.

The tool allows parents to adjust the weightings of each factor to generate postcodes that might suit their own particular needs.

It aims to provide you with as much information as possible on the affordability of key financial considerations such as house prices, and additional factors such as childcare affordability.