Best place to live as a new parent in the UK

21st April 2022 posted in Property News

The thought of moving house when you’ve just become a new parent can be overwhelming, especially now your priorities are changing. So to help you consider where will be best for your new life and new family, we’ve taken a look at the best places to live as a new parent.

Looking at the country by postcodes, districts, and local authorities, we’ve sought out the most important factors to have in mind as a new parent. This includes house prices, quality of nursery and primary schools, safety levels, access to transport, broadband speeds and amenities like local restaurants and public green space.

Top three places to live in the UK as a new parent:

1. Wakefield
At the top of our list is the cathedral city of Wakefield. With an average house price of £172,895, Wakefield offers families with young children a variety of local attractions including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, National Coal Mining Museum and Diggerland.

In our review of Wakefield’s local area, we found that 16% of homes’ nearest primary school is rated Ofsted outstanding, and 88% of homes are within a 200m walk of public transport giving families a great place to live and commute from.

2. Huddersfield

In second place, we recommend Huddersfield and surrounding towns including Kirkheaton, Liversedge, Slaithwaite, Lightcliffe, Linthwaite, and Holmfirth. With an average house price of £181,840, the Huddersfield property market features ideal family and first homes, all the way up to spectacular five-bed detached properties in the most exclusive (and beautiful) areas around.

Huddersfield ranked highly for its historical sites with 2,597 listed buildings in the area, and its expansive list of family attractions.

3. Dudley

While third on our list, Dudley, offers one of the highest average broadband speeds of the top 10, at 76 Mbps. It’s a strong option for travel links, with 90% of homes being within a 200m walk of public transport, provides a good option for new parents who work from home, don’t drive or will need to commute to work.

The top 10 places to live as a new parent:

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Sources: Valuation Office Agency, Office for National Statistics, Department of Education, Department for Transport, Ordnance Survey and Royal Mail, Historic England and data licensed by the Office of Communications provided via Dataloft Inform.

If you need more advice on where to live with your new family, take a look at our Top resources for finding a new neighbourhood or contact your local Hunters branch for guidance.