The best places to raise a family in Britain: How does your area rank?

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There's no place like home - but when you're choosing where to buy one for your family, it can be a stressful process!

Whether you're hoping to move house or just want to see how the area you're already living in does in the rankings, we've found some of the most recent round ups of the best places to raise children in the UK.

These lists consider everything from property prices to good schools, local safety to leisure facilities to whittle down the nicest areas to live in the UK - and while the outcome is always different, the attributes the places share have a lot in common.

How does YOUR home town measure up? Read on to find out...

uSwitch Better Family Life Index, 2016

USwitch have named Hertfordshire the best place to raise a family, citing top exam results, good salaries and even better weather than competing areas. In the area, 81% of residents aged 16-64 were employed, and earning a notable average gross salary of £33,435.

St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire

Interestingly, the brand also provided a list of worst areas, which included Nottingham, Isle of Wight, Glasgow City, Leicester and East Eyrshire, which fell down due to their higher crime rates and poorer facilities.

The top 10 places to raise a family in the UK 2016

1. Hertfordshire

Average house price: £458,046

2. Cambridgeshire

Average house price: £492,629

3. Central Bedfordshire

Average house price: £259,250

4. Warrington

Average house price: £152,996

5. York

Average house price: £227,887

6. Tyneside

Average house price: £181,735

7. Norfolk

Average house price: £192,073

8. Northumberland

Average house price: £154,787

9. West Cumbria

Average house price: £167,259

10. Calderdale and Kirklees

Average house price: £162,402

OneFamily, 2015

An earlier report from OneFamily also discussed the top places in England and Wales specifically to raise a family in 2015 - and the area that took the number one spot might just surprise you!

This research, which took into consideration over 70 different criteria, including safety, childcare facilities, green spaces and property prices, stated that Wokingham, Berkshire was the best place for parents to raise their children, thanks to its low crime rates and outstanding education opportunities.

However, while Wokingham scored highest, it's also good news for parents who have laid down roots in Lancashire and Devon, as these areas both had four entries on the coveted list apiece. Devon in particular has good access to big towns such as Taunton and Plymouth, enabling many working parents to commute.

2014's winner, St Bees in Cumbria, dropped 7 places but still managed to retain a place in the top 10. Notably, no entries were present from the capital city of either country, with a greater prevalence of rural areas in the countryside or the coast in the rankings.

The 20 best places in England and Wales to raise a family 2015

1. Wokingham, Berkshire

Average house price: £281,495

2. Winscombe, Somerset

Average house price: £234,848

3. Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Average house price: £202,845

4. Oakham, Rutland

Average house price: £166,947

5. Lower Earley, Berkshire

Average house price: £253,683

6. Longridge, Lancashire

Average house price: £167,327

7. Shebbear, Devon

Average house price: £203,365

8. St Bees, Cumbria

Average house price: £141,204

9. Middlewich, Cheshire

Average house price: £124,292

10. Cheadle, Staffordshire

Average house price: £125,695

11. Carterton, Oxfordshire

Average house price: £234,146

12. Cullompton, Devon

Average house price: £160,271

13. Clitheroe, Lancashire

Average house price: £146,718

This year's list had a prevalence of rural areas, including picturesque Clitheroe in Lancashire

14. Crediton, Devon

Average house price: £170,678

15. Fleet, Hampshire

Average house price: £262,553

16. Colyton, Devon

Average house price: £216,962

17. Bury, Lancashire

Average house price: £115,044

18. Shotley Gate, Suffolk

Average house price: £191,178

19. Driffield, Yorkshire

Average house price: £128,354

20. Burscough, Lancashire

Average house price: £159,311

The Telegraph, 2015

Researchers from the Telegraph considered house prices in their round up of the best places to raise a family in Britain in 2015. Many of the results were, rather predictably, in London, but it was actually Cheltenham, Gloucestershire that took the top spot in this list.

The top 20 places to raise a family in Britain 2015

1. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Average house price: £332,328
This large spa town is set on the edge of the Cotswolds. There's great schools, low crime rates, and a packed town centre to keep you busy.

2. North Norfolk

Average house price: £201,673
What child wouldn't want access to the beach? This old-fashioned town has a picture-perfect seaside, as well as countless more desirable amenities.

3. Stamford, Lincolnshire

Average house price: £239,348
More affordable than some of the exclusive areas on the list, Stamford is a market town with loads to do for kids.

4. Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Average house price: £504,637
Within commuting range of London, but also home to the brilliant Roald Dahl museum, there's equal appeal for children and grown ups.

5. Edinburgh

Average house price: £229,000
TripAdvisor voted it the second most child-friendly city in Europe for a reason! Scotland's capital is a fab family city that's packed with culture.

The views over the city of Edinburgh

6. Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Average house price: £348,546
The 'Garden of England' provides a wealth of activities for younger residents - and the schools stand in very high regard.

7. Hampstead, North-west London

Average house price: £1,259,927
London is an amazing place for children - but you'll have to be on a pretty good salary to move there! Trendy Hampstead is a beautiful but pricey area with a wealth of desirable housing.

8. Skipton, North Yorkshire

Average house price: £170,831
This traditional town has one of the lowest crime rates in the country - and house prices aren't bad either. Good schools and fun attractions like bowling are the icing on the cake.

9. Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent

Average house price: £380,438
Another easily commutable area, this new town was only created in 1989, so you can be sure of contemporary facilities.

10. Cardigan, Ceredigion

Average house price: £167,000
This picturesque patch of West Wales is the perfect place for kids to get outside and run around - from riding their bikes to exploring the bay.

11. Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Average house price: £278,111
This market town is like a walk back in time - sweet shops, doll's house collections and riding schools ensure your children a quaint, traditional childhood.

12. Watermark, the Cotswolds

Average house price: £507,500
A gated community set around beautiful Cotswold lakes, Watermark couldn't be prettier - or safer!

13. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Average house price: £234,383
With active cricket, rugby and hockey clubs, this is a great location for sporty kids. No wonder life expectancy here is higher than anywhere in the country!

14. Chichester, West Sussex

Average house price: £314,931
The beach in Chichester gives plenty of opportunities for watersports - they'll be pros at canoeing and kayaking in no time!

15. Bristol

Average house price: £234,200
The bustling city of Bristol has all the mod cons you can imagine - bowling, cinemas and an enormous shopping centre. The annual balloon festival is a family highlight on the calendar.

The Bristol Balloon Festival

16. Fleet, Hampshire

Average house price: £497,871
This rural, green area feels calm and peaceful - but it's just 45 minutes by train from Waterloo.

17. Bingham, Nottinghamshire

Average house price: £244,248
This small community has just 9,000 residents, but the schools are great, and the amenities, like a nature reserve and leisure centre, are even better.

18. Weybridge, Surrey

Average house price: £629,103
Well-located with pretty scenery, this area is packed with fun activities, including pony riding, summer camps, and the Brook Museum (for kids who love cars!)

19. Between the Commons, South-west London

Average house price: £625,669
The space between Wandworth and Clapham Commons has been dubbed 'Nappy Valley' due to the influx of parents heading there - predominantly due to the excellent schools, cool shops and kid-friendly restaurants.

20. Brook Green, London W6

Average house price: £714,988
London, of course, and houses will set you back a pretty penny - but you'll have a view of the River Thames (and access to Westfield shopping centre!) at your feet!

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