The fifth annual report, which launches today, helps families by collating and analysing a range of criteria to compile the top 10. OneFamily, which was named the best Junior ISA provider last week, ranked the cities based on factors including the quality of education, neighbourhood safety, childcare costs, availability of affordable property, local amenities and green spaces.
A new entry into the top 10 cities, York is a worthy winner. Founded in 71 AD by the Romans, it has provided the backdrop to numerous historical events and is famed for being home to the stunning York Minster cathedral.
Today, the city has a population of over 200,000 and owes its number one slot in the OneFamily Hotspots Report to lower than average house prices, and strong educational results, with over 60% of students scoring A*-C grades at Key Stage 4, significantly higher than the national average of 49.7%.
"Today, the city has a population of over 200,000 and owes its number one slot in the OneFamily Hotspots Report to lower than average house prices, and strong educational results..."
Karl Elliott, spokesperson at OneFamily, said: “To secure the top spot in the OneFamily Hotspots Report is a fantastic achievement and York, with its excellent education, rich history, and picturesque surroundings, is very deserving of its place.”
York is followed by the seaside city of Plymouth, which takes second place this year, having dropped from first place in 2014. Stoke-on-Trent retained its third place position again this year, securing its spot largely due to its appealing house prices.
Using the latest technology and postcode data to assess more than 70 sets of criteria, OneFamily has also created the Family Hotspots calculator, which families can use to find the best places in England and Wales to live by visiting www.onefamily.com/hotspots/check-your-postcode.
Karl added: “Life’s milestone moments are often exciting but they can also be stressful, and moving house is right up there with the most difficult.
“That’s why, as one of the largest mutual insurers in the UK, which has been helping families for over 40 years, we have created an easy way to help them find the best place to live. This includes our report and the Family Hotspots calculator. Anyone visiting the Hotspots page on our website can simply enter a postcode and see how different areas fare.
“It helps answer the key questions when you’re trying to find the right home, including, are we near the right school for our children? Is it safe? Do we have everything we want nearby?”
In addition to the Top 10 Cities Family Hotspots, OneFamily has also: created a top 20 chart of the best places for families to live (which features towns and villages); ranked the best locations in Greater London; and also listed the best places for commuter living in the Family Hotspots Report.
To find out more about the award-winning family finance specialist, OneFamily, and to download a copy of the report, or use the Family Hotspot calculator, please visit www.onefamily.com/hotspots.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The top 10 cities
The table linked to below shows the top 10 ranked city Hotpots throughout England and Wales. The scores each location achieved for seven key criteria are summarised below in comparison to the national average. In total, 71 different sets of official data were analysed for each location including Ofsted findings, government crime rates and Land Registry data. The overall scores (out of a maximum of 30) represent each postcode’s overall aggregated score across every criteria. To read more about how the data and research was compiled, please see the full report for more information.
Top 10 cities 2015 (PDF) »
References and Acknowledgements
All education data was supplied by Ofsted:
Childcare affordability data taken from Family and Childcare Trust 2011 and weighted according to regional inflation:
Population data provided by the Office of National Statistics:
Crime data was obtained from the local crime and policing information service for England and Wales:
Property price data and average salary data was provided by Land Registry analysts Calnea Analytics. Local property information is available from their consumer website:
OneFamily combines nearly 40 years’ experience of being the trusted provider of financial solutions for families and currently has more than £6bn of assets under management and was formed by the merger of Family Investments and Engage Mutual. In September 2015, OneFamily was named Best Junior ISA provider at the Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts Awards, an award that Family Investments has won twice previously – in 2012 and 2014 - and been highly commended for in 2013.
History of both organisations:
Family Investments was a leading provider of children’s savings plans and has won numerous industry awards for its Child Trust Fund and Junior ISA products. Engage Mutual offered protection, savings and investment products and has been recognised via a number of awards for its customer engagement and has a Defaqto 5 Star Rating for its over 50s life insurance product.
Together, as OneFamily, they count one in 12 UK families as customers.