When choosing the location for a new home, prospective purchasers with children need to take into account several factors such as local schools, safety, amenities in addition to the actual property itself.
It is therefore interesting that the mutual, One Family, have just recently compiled their 2015 list of the top 20 postcodes in England & Wales which are the best to live in to raise children.
Now in its fifth year, the Family Hotspots Report is a unique analysis of nearly 2,400 postcodes in England and Wales outlining the most affordable and desirable places to raise a family. Over 70 different sets of data are fed into the analysis, which references key criteria important to parents when deciding where to settle and raise their family. This includes education, safety, childcare costs, local amenities, affordable property and green spaces.
The 2015 Report lists the following postcodes in the top 20:
RANK POSTCODE PLACE
1st RG41 Wokingham, Berkshire
2nd BS25 Winscombe, Somerset
3rd SN7 Faringdon, Oxfordshire
4th LE15 Oakham, Rutland
5th RG6 Lower Earley, Berkshire
6th PR3 Longridge, Lancashire
7th EX21 Shebbear, Devon
8th CA27 St Bees, Cumbria
9th CW10 Middlewich, Cheshire
10th ST10 Cheadle, Staffordshire
11th OX18 Carterton, Oxfordshire
12th EX15 Cullompton, Devon
13th BB7 Clitheroe, Lancashire
14th EX17 Crediton, Devon
15th GU51 Fleet, Hampshire
16th EX24 Colyton, Devon
17th BL8 Bury, Lancashire
18th IP9 Shotley Gate, Suffolk
19th YO25 Driffield, Yorkshire
20th L40 Burscough, Lancashire
It is encouraging to see that nearly half the postcodes are in the Northern part of England thus dispelling, certainly in this survey, a North v. South divide although just four counties, Lancashire, Devon, Berkshire and neighbouring Oxfordshire account for well over half of the top 20 postcodes.
As someone who travels throughout England & Wales with my business, Snagging Inspections Limited, undertaking new build surveys, I find it surprising that locations which I would have considered ideal to raise a family such as Cornwall or Norfolk fail to make the top 20 and also nowhere in Wales.
To see how your postcode, or prospective postcode, compares against the average then go to: www.onefamily.com/hotspots/check-your-postcode/