Sutton has been rated the best place in London to bring up children.
Researchers looked at more than 60 indicators – both positive and negative – in 2,400 postcode areas in England and Wales to draw up the list of “family-friendly hotspots”.
Sutton, which has over 1,500 acres of parks and open spaces, topped the London list ahead of Redbridge and Teddington.
The average value of a two-bedroom property in Sutton was found to be £190,582, higher than the £167,659 national average, but “affordable” by London standards – enabling families to get on the housing ladder.
The schools in the borough are some of the highest achieving in the UK, with Sutton’s primaries recently achieving the third highest SATS results in the country.
Sutton is also the borough with the highest percentage of employed residents in the capital. According to the Office for National Statistics, 78 per cent of Sutton’s working-age population has a job.
These are really interesting results and show how Sutton is a good place to live.
As local Councillors, we are delighted but not surprised our Borough has topped the league. We’ve got some of the best schools in the UK , it’s a very safe area and we’re one of the greenest parts of London – and there’s a real community here which makes it a great place to live and grow up.
SOME DETAILED RESULTS
The research was conducted by Calnea Analytics in July for the Family Friendly Hotspots Report.
Top of the England and Wales list was Devon village, Winkleigh, closely followed by South Petherton in Somerset , and Galgate in Lancashire . Sutton was 20th in the England and Wales list.
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To see the report, go to: www.familyinvestments.co.uk/hotspots