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Last updated: 29 Mar 2017

Top 10 cities in England and Wales

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.

Fast Facts

Actress Dame Judi Dench was born in York on the 9th December 1934

Olympic swimmer Tom Daley was born in Plymouth

Birmingham was the birthplace of Heavy Metal Music

Top 10 cities

Rank  City Average Key Stage 2 Score  % Achieve Key Stage 4
A*–C
 % Early Years Care Ranked Outstanding Crime Per Capita

 Average Value For
2 Bed Property

 Median Annual Salary  % Of Average Salary Spent On Childcare
  National average 28.64 49.8%  18.7%  0.21  £220,811  £22,162  20.1% 
 1 York 28.5 64.2%  16.4%  0.21  £1818,835  £21,320  21.5% 
 2 Plymouth 28.2  53.8% 16.3% 0.25 £141,881  £20,800  20.2%
 3 Norwich 27.5 35.8% 22.7% 0.26 £161,182 £19,328 18.3%
 4 Coventry 28.1 44.3% 16.8% 0.22  £120,882 £21,440  16.6% 
 5 Wolverhampton  27.9 45.1%  13.1%  0.21  £115,270  £19,505  16.6% 
 6 Birmingham  27.9 46.0% 18.3% 0.24 £123,148 £21,077  16.7% 
 7 Stoke-On-Trent  28.4 36.9% 14.3% 0.32  £85,314 £19,224  14.1% 
 8 Newcastle Upon Tyne  28.6 51.5% 26.6% 0.26  £114,750  £20,695  26.1 
 9 Bristol  28.1 40.1% 19.5% 0.26  £218,878  £22,991  n/a% 
 10 Leicester  28.3 40.2% 15.3% 0.35  £128,307  £17,878  21.9%