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Bath named as UK's best city to raise a family

Bath has been named the best city in the UK in which to raise a family. The West Country city has knocked last year’s winner Newcastle off top spot in the research.

The comparison site analysed 35 UK cities, rating them on quality of life indicators, such as schools, green space, housing, wages and crime.

Bath beat off all the competition to be named No.1, rated highly because of its high-quality schools, low crime rates and nearby parks. Its average salary of £29,806 only put it No.26 on the list, well behind London at the top. However, Bath had more job opportunities than anywhere else analysed by Moneysupermarket.

Newcastle’s schools rated outstanding

Newcastle, nudged into second place this year after topping the poll in 2017, continued to be rated highly for its outstanding schools, low crime rates and affordable house prices.

Wolverhampton claimed third place while Manchester was in fourth.

Moneysupermarket rated each city based on six criteria: outstanding schools; the number of parks; job opportunities; average salary; average house prices; and burglary hotspots.

Top 35 cities

The top 35 family-friendly cities as rated by Moneysupermarket are:

  1. Bath
  2. Newcastle
  3. Wolverhampton
  4. Manchester
  5. Swansea
  6. Sunderland
  7. Wakefield
  8. Cardiff
  9. Derby
  10. Nottingham
  11. Armagh
  12. Oxford
  13. Bradford
  14. Coventry
  15. York
  16. Southampton
  17. Portsmouth
  18. Stoke-on-Trent
  19. Liverpool
  20. Aberdeen
  21. Belfast
  22. Newry
  23. Birmingham
  24. Chester
  25. Leeds
  26. Plymouth
  27. Edinburgh
  28. Glasgow
  29. Peterborough
  30. Sheffield
  31. Leicester
  32. Brighton & Hove
  33. Bristol
  34. Kingston-upon-Hull
  35. London
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