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Last updated: 22 Sep 2015

Top 10 Cities in England & 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.

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Top 10 cities

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.

RANK  CITY AVERAGE KEY STAGE 2 SCORE  % ACHIEVE KEY STAGE 4 A* – C  % EARLY YEARS CARE RANKED OUTSTANDING CRIME PER CAPITA  AVERAGE PRICE FOR TWO BED PROPERTY  MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY  % OF AVERAGE SALARY SPENT ON CHILDCARE
  National average 28.6 49.7%  17.7%  0.20  £200,334  £21,982  20.8% 
 1 York 28.4 60.5%  13.9%  0.21  £168,789  £20,150  23.2% 
 2 Plymouth 27.9  58.6% 16.4% 0.23 £136,503  £19,885  22.1%
 3 Stoke-on-Trent 27.9 38.9% 16.2% 0.24 £80,300 £18,993 14.4%
 4 Newcastle upon Tyne 28.5 47.3% 21.8% 0.26  £112,664 £19,409  27.6% 
 5 Birmingham  27.7 47.9%  18.1%  0.24  £112,165  £20,787  17.1% 
 6 Wolverhampton  27.4 44.8% 10.8% 0.19 £111,659 £19,661  17.0% 
 7 Coventry  28.1 50.4% 17.4% 0.23  £110,963 £20,634  17.0% 
 8 Bristol  28.0 42.4% 17.5% 0.26  £192,065  £22,942  n/a 
 9 Peterborough  27.4 47.4% 15.2% 0.30  £117,245  £20,764  18.4% 
 10 Leicester  28.4 32.1% 14.3% 0.35  £118,347  £17,602  21.8% 

 

 

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