St Albans named among best places in Britain to raise a family

PUBLISHED: 15:15 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 21 August 2018

St Albans is among the most family-friendly places to live in Britain

St Albans is among the most family-friendly places to live in Britain


St Albans has been named as one of the 10 best places to raise a family in Britain.

According to Yopa’s Happy Family Home Guide 2018, the Cathedral city is sixth on the family-friendly hotlist, which is topped by Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

The online estate agency ranked towns and cities according to a range of factors, including crime rates, average house prices, drug and alcohol use and the percentage of schools rated good or outstanding.

This is the second time St Albans has scored high on one of Yopa’s lists – it came third on their countdown of the top 10 family locations in and around London, released last month.

David Jacobs, co-founder of Yopa, said: “There is a good mix of locations in the top 10 list and it’s interesting to note their geographical spread across the country.

“Our research shows that more than half of British parents are willing to relocate for a better quality of life and improved wellbeing for their children. What’s great to see is that this is not just for the short term either - parents are also driven by their children’s future career prospects and future financial standing.”

Yopa’s top 10 places to raise a family in Britain:

1. Ashbourne, Derbyshire

2. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

3. Harrogate, North Yorkshire

4. Inverness, Inverness-shire

5. Tunbridge Wells, Kent

6. St Albans, Hertfordshire

7. Esher, Surrey

8. Eastleigh, Hampshire

9. Brentwood, Essex

10. Edinburgh

To find your ideal family-friendly location, check out Yopa’s oline tool at

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