Revealed! The best places to raise a family

Are you living in one of these property hotspots?

Wokingham in Berkshire has been rated the best place in England to raise a family.

According to the research by financial firm OneFamily, Wokingham is the number one spot to bring up children, according to a variety of factors - including high average salaries, excellent schools and a low crime rate.

It's the second time Wokingham has scooped the title in the annual report. It first took the crown back in 2012, before dropping down the list.

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In the town, the average salary is more than £5,000 above the national average of £21,982 - resting at £27,982.

Earlier this year the town also came out on top for schooling - beating the 50%
national average of GCSE scores between A* and C at 66.8%.

The annual location report looked at everything from education and safety to affordable homes and green open spaces.
While Wokingham was ranked number one, it was closely followed by the village of Winscombe in Somerset and Faringdon in Oxfordshire.

In previous years, the Family Hotspots Report has been dominated by clusters of towns in one part of England. In 2014, the North of England dominated the top 20, but this year the results are more evenly distributed right across the country.

So, how does your town compare? Here are the top 20 places to raise a family...

1. Wokingham, Berkshire

2. Winscombe, Somerset

3. Faringdon, Oxfordshire

4. Oakham, Rutland

5. Lower Earley, Berkshire

6. Longridge, Lancashire

7. Shebbear, Devon

8. St Bees, Cumbria

9. Middlewich, Cheshire

10. Cheadle, Staffordshire

11. Carterton, Oxfordshire

12. Cullompton, Devon

13. Clitheroe, Lancashire

14. Crediton, Devon

15. Fleet, Hampshire

16. Colyton, Devon

17. Bury, Lancashire

18. Shotley Gate, Suffolk

19. Driffield, Yorkshire

20. Burscough Lancashire


Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.