Hertfordshire was named the best County to live in for families in the UK in a recent survey.
There were 33 factors taken into account for the survey undertaken by U Switch. The factors included fast broadband, salary, proximity to GPs surgery’s, weather and GSCE school grades. Hertfordshire scored highly in all of these areas which propelled it into the number one position. Our county ranked top out of 138 local authorities in the UK for families to live in.
Best region for families
Hertfordshire has the 3rd highest employment rate in England with 81% of residents aged between 16 and 64 being in work. The average gross salary is a healthy £33,435. The Hertfordshire area also benefits from an average fibre optic broadband download speeds of around 38Mbs.
The county came seventh in UK exam results, and a high 64% of the pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades at GCSE level, which included English and Maths.
Other East of England counties faired well also with Cambridgeshire ranking second in the survey. 80% of those aged 16-64 in Cambridgeshire are employed and the annual average salary is £32,761.
Central Bedfordshire took 3rd place with high levels of young people in employment, further education or training and only 4% of children being in workless households.
All top three of the regions, situated in the East of England, benefit from being in close proximity to local amenities. It takes residents an average of just nine minutes to get to their GP surgery. It takes parents just under ten minutes to reach their local primary school. This is compared to the average journey time of almost 12 minutes for other parents.
Those families in the East of England get to spend more time with loved ones than many other regions in the country, clocking up 4 hours 51 minutes of quality time on an average day. Locals receive two days more holiday than the UK average of 25 days.
Sun worshippers should also consider moving to any of these top three ranking areas. They all see an average of 4 hours 34 minutes of sunshine per day on average. This is compared to just 3 hours 3 minutes in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Parent’s money matters
The survey shows that life feels pressured and sometimes hectic. Nearly half of parents (49%) have considered moving to improve their circumstances. Over four in ten (43%) worry they can’t give their family the best start in life. On the minds of most British families is money. Just over half of parents believe that 3 things would enhance their quality of life
- Increased disposable income (57%),
- Cheaper cost of living (53%) and
- Cheaper bills (52%).
The fourth most important influencing factor is better weather. Around four in 10 parents (43%) believe that this could improve their lifestyle. Therefore there is no surprise that the East of England being the sunshine capital of the UK – stands out as the best performing region in this survey and takes over a quarter of the top 20 spots.
Top Ten Areas in the u Switch Better Family Life Index 2016
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