In this year’s Family Hotspots Report four Lancashire postcodes have ranked highly as some of the best places for families to live, right across England and Wales. Organised by insurance firm One Family, 71 different sets of data across six criteria (education, childcare, safety, property, amenities and population) were analysed for each location and attributed either a positive or negative score. An overall score for each postcode was then calculated, to give the top 20 places for 2015.
#6 – Longridge, Lancashire, PR3
As a country of contrasting landscapes, diverse heritage and cultures the Ribble Valley town of Longridge features for the third time in this list, featuring in 6th place this year. Just south of the Forest of Bowland and originally a quarry town, Longridge boasts above average educational access with excellent Key Stage 2 results. It’s a popular choice amongst British families due to its property prices slightly rising to bring them in line with the areas average salary. With a population of 38,000, its appearance has changed significantly over the years, what with new housing developments, and so has all the amenities a family could possibly need. It includes an eclectic variety of restaurants, 9 pubs to choose from, a lovely local library, a monthly farmers’ market, the annual ‘Field Day’, fundraising attractions and several primary and high schools.
#13 – Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7
Home to 14,000 people, Clitheroe is a classic Lancashire market town with a thriving community spirit. In 13th place, it boasts annual Spring and Food festivals, several sports and activity clubs as well as an annual cycle race and the popular Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. As a town of food lovers, Clitheroe has the well-known Cowman’s Sausage Shop selling over 70 varieties and they even have an annual Sausage Day every January! Parents will be impressed with its below average house prices and above average school scores, and the kids will be kept occupied by the intriguing local castle.
#17 – Bury, Lancashire, BL8
The market town of Bury features in this list in a respectable 17th place. Located on the banks of Manchester’s River Irwell, you can also access Leeds, Preston and Liverpool in just under an hour via the motorway. And because of its close proximity to towns and cities with higher employment opportunities, it means that the average annual salary is relatively higher than other Lancashire towns. Bury’s crime rates are also far below the national average at 0.13%; rather fitting to one of Bury’s most famous historical residents; Sir Robert Peel, former Prime Minister and founder of the Metropolitan Police. Its famous market remains popular, renowned for its black pudding, and recent investment has seen the brilliant development of characterful and independent retailers at the Rock. The towns’ educational infrastructure is also very strong, with Key stage 2 and 4 results consistently above the national average.
#20 – Burscough, Lancashire, L40
Originally two small farming villages on a low ridge above the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, Burscough village has little over 18,000 people and is the newest edition to the 2015 Family Hotspot list. With one secondary school and a string of good primary schools, it enjoys a low crime rate too. The Martin Mere wildfowl reserve is a popular visitor attraction, with Burscough Wharf, a small retail and leisure development, featuring a number of arts, craft and hobby shops alongside the tranquil Leeds and Liverpool canal. Burscough property prices are also well below the national average, suggesting stable employment opportunities.
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