North West of England Best Place to Raise a Family

February, 2016

The North West of England is the best region for families in the UK, according to a study by At Weale and Hitchen, we’re not surprised at all – we love it up here! The Family Friendliness Index compared a wide variety of services available to families in areas across the UK, and three locations in the North West made it into the overall top five.

Keep reading to find out if your area made it onto the list…

Family friendly

The study reveals the UK’s 100 most family-friendly areas, and it even highlights individual roads. Here’s a look at the top five places to live as a family:

The Top 5 Places to live as a family

  1. Shrigley Road, Macclesfield
  2. Coachways, Mapperley
  3. Packington Lane, Packington
  4. Lower Cophurst Lane, Chorley
  5. Tame Lane, Delph

A number of factors were taken into account in the study, including availability of schools, quality of local amenities, crime rates and accessibility of local support networks. You can view the full list and see which aspects each location scored the highest marks for here.

Results were broken down into two further lists – best places to start a family, and best places to raise one. Shrigley Road in Bollington took the top spot in the battle for the best place to start a family, while Higher Whitley near Warrington was ranked as the best place to raise a family.

The top 10 places to start a family

  1. Shrigley Road, Bollington
  2. Coachways, Mapperley
  3. Packington Lane, Packington
  4. Lower Cophurst Lane, Chorley
  5. Tame Lane, Delph
  6. Belmont Road, Bolton
  7. Birch Lane, Flaunden
  8. Bradgate Road, Newtown Linford
  9. Tockholes Road, Darwen
  10. Snodland Road, Snodland

The top 10 places to raise a family

  1. Bentley’s Farm Lane, Higher Whitley
  2. Snakemoor Lane, Southampton
  3. Brentwood Road, Brentwood
  4. Little Green Lane, Croxley Green
  5. Ashley Road, Altrincham
  6. Forstal Road, Aylesford
  7. Hinckley Road, Thurlaston
  8. School Road, Hurst
  9. Harrow Road, Warlingham
  10. Charlton Road, Keynsham

Check your postcode

Planning a move? It’s important to research areas thoroughly before you begin looking at properties, especially if you have a young family that will likely make use of local amenities and services, such as schools and community centres. If you want to know if you live in one of the best places for families in the UK, or simply want to find out more about an area, check the postcode and see how it ranks.

Need help?

If you’re searching for a home in a family-friendly area or thinking about selling your own property, Weale and Hitchen can help. We’re an independent estate agency with family values, and we’ve been matching families with properties for 25 years.

Weale and Hitchen offer a comprehensive, residential sales service covering north Manchester and south-east Lancashire. And with five branches – located in Bury, Holcombe Brook, Ramsbottom, Harwood and Rawtenstall – we’re never far away. So, if you’re looking for knowledgeable advice, you’re in the right place.

If you’d like to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly advisors, contact your local Weale and Hitchen office today. Alternatively, book your free, no-obligation property valuation here

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