Peterborough named in top 10 cities in England and Wales to raise a family

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Peterborough has been named one of the top 10 cities in England and Wales for families to call home.

The fifth annual report, which launches today, Wednesday September 23, helps families by collating and analysing a range of criteria to compile the top 10, based on factors including the quality of education, neighbourhood safety, childcare costs, availability of affordable property, local amenities and green spaces.

Peterborough is ranked ninth in the Top 10 table of places for families to Live in England and Wales

Peterborough is ranked ninth in the Top 10 table of places for families to Live in England and Wales

Peterborough was awarded ninth place in the report by OneFamily. The city earned its position due to its affordable house prices and access to childcare, despite earning being slightly below the national average. This is the first time it has appeared in the list.

Karl Elliott, spokesperson at OneFamily, said: “To secure a top spot in the OneFamily Hotspots Report is a fantastic achievement and Peterborough, with its affordable property, rich history and excellent family facilities, is very deserving of its place.”

Peterborough was beaten to the top of the list by the historic city of York, which owes its number one slot in the OneFamily Hotspots Report to its relatively low crime rates and lower than average house prices.

The seaside city of Plymouth 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.