Sussex named as the best place for families in new survey

Sussex has been revealed as the best area in England for families to thrive according to a survey conducted by the Royal London insurance company.

Choosing where to raise a family can be one of the biggest decisions any parent can make, says Royal London.

While some people choose to raise their families in the area where they grew up, many others look to relocate based on the quality of life, and to give their family the best option to thrive.

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To help make this decision a little easier for parents, Royal London analysed crime level data, community engagement, education standards and the number of family households for areas up and down the country. Each factor was then weighted and scored to reveal the best areas in England for families to thrive.

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Famous for its stunning coastline and national parks, Sussex scored highly in the study thanks to its high number of community schemes and its high education rates. Coming in a close second place is London.

The South East had the most areas in the top ten ranking making it the best region in England to thrive.

Mona Patel, consumer spokesperson at Royal London, said: “Quality of life can have a big influence on families and their moving decisions. Our analysis shows Sussex with its high education rates and community schemes, as the best area for families to thrive in England.

“Parents want their children to enjoy an idyllic childhood, filled with carefree adventures, fun and friendship. And a lot of that is centred around the environment in which they grow up. With the exception of London, the data shows that families are more likely to thrive outside of big cities.”