Where's the best place to Live in the England?
After researchers looked at education, safety, property and amenities across all parts of England and Wales, the Devon village of Winkleigh was rated the best place for families to live. The village which sits between Dartmoor and Exmoor has a couple of pubs, two churches, a post office, a grocery shop, a doctor's surgery and a village hall.
The results were recently outlined in the Family Friendly Hotspots report. Winkleigh with its EX19 postal code came out top, scoring 19.76 which was largely due to a combination of low crime figures, above average key stage 2 results at local primary schools, and facilities including a community centre, village hall and sports centre.
What also helped the village, were the property prices in the area with an average two bedroom home costing just over £150,000 in Winkleigh. The average salary of residents was estimated to be £37,566, which in turn made property more affordable than in some areas of the country.
Other villages and towns which came towards the top of the Family Friendly Hotspots list included South Petherton in Somerset, Galgate in Lancashire, Eaglescliffe in Stockton-on-Tees and Bromley Cross, Bolton.
Researchers rated some 2,400 postcode areas in England and Wales , for schools, crime, amenities and affordable homes in the list, for Family Investments. They also looked at local birth rates as well as the amount of green space an area had.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey showed some very affluent areas to be low on the list because the prices of homes outweigh other advantages.