The national top 20 Hotspots are largely made up of rural and suburban locations, which fare well on key measures such as housing affordability and low crime rates. However, for some families the amenities, culture and economic opportunities including employment that urban areas offer are far more appealing.
Guy Fawkes was born in York and his old school refuse to burn effigies of him on 5th November
Actress Dame Judi Dench was born in York on the 9th December 1934
Birmingham was the birthplace of Heavy Metal music
Urban areas may provide easier access to amenities, cultural activities and in many cases better economic prospects. We therefore looked at how the biggest cities in England and Wales score.
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Economic necessity means a daily commute for many of us. With this in mind, we've pulled out the highest scoring postcodes within easy reach (less than 15 miles) of major city centres.
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Living in London or close by can be an absolute necessity for some families. So we've used our data analysis to identify the best spots in Greater London for raising a family.
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