The best place to start a family in England and Wales is Bollington, near Macclesfield in Cheshire.
The best place to bring up a family is also in Cheshire in a village near Warrington called Higher Whitley.
That’s according to a survey and report by PropertyDetective.com based on information about population density, schools. nurseries & childcare providers, and crime rates.
For example, Bollington boasts four primary schools and good quality childcare (and a decent sandwich shop which I know from personal experience).
It shares with Higher Whitley green space, low crime and activities for growing children.
The survey showed a clear North-South divide with few places in southeast England’s commuter belt in the top 100. When it comes to starting a family eight of the tope ten places were north of the Midlands.
Best places to start a family
- Bollington, Cheshire
- Mapperley, Nottinghamshire
- Packington, Leicestershire
- Chorley, Lancashire
- Delph, Greater Manchester
Best places to bring up a family
- Higher Whitley, Cheshire
- Durley, Hampshire
- Brentwood, Essex
- Croxley Green, Herfordshire
- Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Places like Tunbridge Wells, often considered a desirable location, is let down by its schools; Redgate has good schools but lacks amenities, and Stratford-on-Avon is let down by a lack of childcare.
According to a Bank of Scotland survey Orkney is the best place to bring up a family. A bit extreme living there I would have thought