How did you decide where to settle down with your family? For some, the decision can come easily, perhaps you have strong family ties to an area or fell in love with the city you went to university in. For others, it can be a long process and involve a substantial amount of research.

Factors such as local school rankings and house prices can play a big part in this research, but there are so many other things to consider on top of this.

Transport links, green space, crime rates, distance to friends and family…the list goes on!

Luckily for this group of people, there is a resource which might be able to help them with their search. MoneySuperMarket’s “Family Living Index” is a tool which has accumulated data on six key factors close to families’ hearts, and ranked the UK’s biggest 35 cities in terms of how well they fair against these.

So who came out on top, and who needs to work on their family-friendliness?

The top five family-friendly cities are…

  1. Bath – Bath jumped four places to grab the top spot, seeing improvement across almost all categories.
  2. Newcastle Upon Tyne – Dropped into second place despite posting strong results across almost all categories including an increase in disposable income at £19,190 on average.
  3. Wolverhampton – This year Wolverhampton scores highly on jobs and affordable housing, with an average house price of £141,458. However, it missed out on the top two spots due to a lack of local parks.
  4. Manchester – Schools and income improvements, alongside a significant reduction in burglary rates, saw Manchester jump 12 places into the top five.
  5. Swansea – The welsh city scraped into the top five thanks to the highest park score of all cities analysed per 100,000 capita. Additionally, Swansea also saw an increase in the average household disposable income to £15,604.

Whereas, the cities which finished in the bottom five were…

  1. London – Sky-high property prices sees the capital feature in the bottom of the list for the second year in a row, despite high income and well-performing schools.
  2. Kingston upon Hull – 2017’s ‘City of Culture’ came second-from-last despite a 7 per cent drop in content theft claims. Hull scored particularly low on job opportunities, despite a 20 per cent increase in available jobs year-on-year.
  3. Bristol – This year, Bristol saw a decline in job opportunities and outstanding schools – combined with being the fifth most-expensive city to purchase a home.
  4. Leicester – Leicester saw the biggest decline against all metrics from the cities analysed, including a 9 per cent increase in content theft rates.
  5. Brighton and Hove – The picturesque, seaside town saw a 7 per cent rise in property costs, with the average property at £361,075 compared to the national average at £191,590.

To find the full list of rankings for the 35 UK cities included in the index, click here.

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