Preston ranked number one place to raise a family

Posted on - 23rd May, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Preston News, Proud Preston
A walk in Avenham and Miller Park Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston has been ranked as the best city or town in the county to raise a family.

Research by MoneySupermarket scored towns and cities up and down the land on a range of factors from school ratings, to things to do with the kids to the cost of childcare.

The city beat Oldham, Worcester, Southampton and Hastings to the top spot.

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MoneySupermarket’s guide said: “With some of the country’s cheapest childcare costs, and generally having a solid performance across most major categories, Preston is the best place to raise a family in 2023.

“Whether it’s making the most of local parks or the surrounding Lancashire countryside, families in Preston won’t be short of options when it comes to getting outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.

“If you’re willing to go a little further afield then Liverpool and Manchester are roughly an hour’s commute, or if you fancy a day at the beach then Blackpool is just a short drive away.”

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Preston had one of the cheapest childcare costs (£500 per month), a crime rate per of 127 per 1,000 people, a home affordability rating of 5.5 (salary v price), 26% of schools rated as outstanding, 15.8 child-friendly restaurants per 10,000 people and a 3.9 score for things to do with the kids (per 10,000 people). This gave a total score of 90.3.

The top 10 family-friendly cities and towns

  1. Preston (90.3)
  2. Oldham (89.6)
  3. Worcester (89.3)
  4. Southampton (89)
  5. Hastings (86.3)
  6. Bedford (85.4)
  7. Salford (85)
  8. Shrewsbury (84.5)
  9. Maidstone (84.1)
  10. Barnsley (81.5)

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An analysis of house prices, salaries, housing affordability, the cost of childcare, crime rate, schools, child-friendly restaurants and days out across the 100 most populated towns and cities in the UK.

Locations were scored on their relative performance in each category using a min-max normalisation formula. Scores were totalled to create an overall family-friendly score.

Note – While Ofsted monitors education standards in England, devolved nations have their own organisations. In each instance, the top rating from the relevant governing body was used to determine the percentage of top-performing schools.

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