Two Berkshire towns among the best places to raise a family

Two Berkshire towns among the best places to raise a family

The towns are highlighted due to good schools, clean air and other factors

River Thames in Maidenhead
Two Berkshire towns have been named among the top 40 best places for family life (Image: BerkshireLive)

Two Berkshire towns have been named among the best places to raise a family.

Maidenhead and Bracknell feature in the Top 40 Happy Family Home Guide, released by estate agency Yopa in time for International Happiness Day on Friday, March 20.

The guide is based on a range of push and pull factors that attract buyers to an area, including proximity to Good or Outstanding schools, average salaries, pollution levels, crime rates, drug and alcohol use, road safety, obesity levels and job opportunities.

Maidenhead just missed out on a top 10 ranking coming in as the 12th most attractive place to settle down and raise a family.

The town was highly ranked because of its good schools, higher than average salaries and green spaces.

It has six primary schools with Outstanding Ofsted grades, and boasts 30 parks and open spaces, among them are Grenfell Park, Kidswell Park and Ockwells Park.

Statue in park
Bracknell has been named as one of the best places to raise a family (Image: Get Reading)

Elsewhere, Bracknell was ranked 34th most attractive place to raise a family.

It has one Outstanding secondary school, Ranelagh, and 11 schools rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

It also boasts 25 parks and open spaces including South Hill Park, Pope’s Meadow, Caesars Camp and Bill Hill.

Other factors that draw people to an area are job opportunities and average salaries.

According to ONS stats, people earn an average of £641 a week in Windsor and Maidenhead, and £613 in Bracknell.

Although the study used Government data for career opportunities, BerkshireLive found 91 jobs available in Bracknell and 42 jobs available in Maidenhead on careers site Fish4Jobs.

Both Maidenhead and Bracknell ranked low when it comes to ‘push’ factors that keep families away from an area.

That means both towns have lower than average levels of pollution, drug and alcohol use, obesity levels and crime.

Despite lower than average crime rates, 211 crimes were reported in Maidenhead town centre in January 2020, up 43 per cent compared to the same time last year.

In Bracknell town centre, 28 crimes were reported in January this year, down 65 per cent compared with the same month in 2019.

Yopa’s chief property analyst Mike Scott said: “Our home is typically our most important and expensive purchase, so it’s vital we consider a variety of factors before deciding where to base the family.

“Everyone will have a different set of move motivators when it comes to choosing an area in which to look for a new home; the health-conscious may look for low levels of pollution and access to plenty of green spaces, whilst others prioritise top schools, or low crime rates.

“Deciding where to move can be difficult and time-consuming, so we’ve decided to take some of the stress and worry out of this with our comprehensive, easy-to-use Happy Family Home Guide.

“Our tool could even help families find their next home in an area they might not have yet considered.”

The top 50 places to live in Yopa’s Happy Family Home Guide was formed on an analysis of more than 200 towns and cities in the UK.

Elsewhere, Reading, Berkshire, came 67th in the study and Slough came 72nd.

Wokingham, Newbury and Thatcham did not feature.

You can check out Yopa’s Happy Family Home Guide 2020 here.

Top 10 Happy Family Home Guide

  1. Richmond-upon-Thames, Greater London
  2. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
  3. Brentwood, Essex
  4. Kingston-upon-Thames, Greater London
  5. Eastleigh, Hampshire
  6. Sale, Greater Manchester
  7. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  8. Hounslow, Greater London
  9. Bexley, Greater London
  10. St Albans, Hertfordshire

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