Village 'best place to raise kids'

boy playing cricketA picturesque Devonshire village has been named the the best spot to bring up children.

An analysis of factors including crime rates, earnings, house prices and access to good schools revealed Winkleigh to be the ideal location for young families to set up home.
The historic farming village, situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor, tops a list of 2,400 postcodes owing to its rural setting, strong school results and relatively affordable properties.

Extremely low crime figures give the area an edge over other parts of the country while salaries are well above the national average (£24,170) at £37,566, according to the data.

Its local primary school - which achieves consistently good results - makes it attractive to parents while the value of a two-bedroom home is significantly lower than the national average (£167,659) at £150,837.

Analysts examined more than 60 sets of data to build up a detailed picture of each postcode in England and Wales using police figures, Land Registry information, Ofsted reports and ONS population data.

Quantity and quality of early years care, along with access to green spaces and parks, local leisure centres, museums and theatres, were also considered. The results were then aggregated and weighted to generate scores for each postcode.

Winkleigh - EX19 - came out on top, with its post office, butcher's shop, fishmonger, general stores, vet and doctors' surgery cited as factors which increased its desirability.

It was followed closely by South Petherton in Somerset, and Galgate in Lancashire, according to the study compiled by children's savings provider Family Investments.

The research was conducted by Calnea Analytics in July for the Family Friendly Hotspots Report.

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