York is the best city in England and Wales to raise a family. Champion!

The wonderful wall of marvellous York. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
23 Sep 2015 @ 10.10 am
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Great schools and beautiful surroundings have helped York leap into the top spot in a league table of family-friendly cities.

The fifth Family Hotspots Report by OneFamily ranked cities in England and Wales on factors including the quality of education, neighbourhood safety, childcare costs, availability of affordable property, local amenities and green spaces.

York didn’t make the top ten last year but was deemed a “worthy winner” in 2015 by the report’s authors.

It claimed number one this time round “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%”.

Karl Elliott from OneFamily, a family finances specialist, 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.

The top 10 cities to live in

RankCityAverage KS2 score% achieve KS4 A*-C% early years care ranked outstandingCrime per capitaAv price for 2 bed propertyMedian annual salary% av salary spent on childcare
National average28.649.7%17.7%0.20£200,334£21,98220.8%
1York28.460.5%13.9%0.21£168,789£20,15023.2%
2Plymouth27.958.6%16.4%0.23£136,503£19,88522.1%
3Stoke-on-Trent27.938.9%16.2%0.24£80,300£18,99314.4%
4Newcastle upon Tyne28.547.3%21.8%0.26£112,664£19,40927.6%
5Birmingham27.747.9%18.1%0.24£112,165£20,78717.1%
6Wolverhampton27.444.8%10.8%0.19£111,659£19,66117.0%
7Coventry28.150.4%17.4%0.23£110,963£20,63417.0%
8Bristol28.042.4%17.5%0.26£192,065£22,942n/a
9Peterborough27.447.4%15.2%0.30£117,245£20,76418.4%
10Leicester28.432.1%14.3%0.35£118,347£17,60221.8%

Source: OneFamily