Longridge has been named as the sixth best place for families to live in England and Wales.
This is according to the latest ‘Family Hotspots Report’ compiled by modern mutual and specialist in family finances, OneFAmily, which also rates Longridge as Lancashire’s best performing town.
Longridge has also jumped up two places, having been rated eighth in last year’s annual report, the compilers saying the town has improved its standing due to “excellent educational results and low average house prices”.
The report, now in its fifth year, is based on an analysis of more than 70 different sets of criteria for each postcode and helps families by revealing the best places to live by analysing everything from education, safety and childcare costs to local amenities, affordable property and green spaces.
Unlike previous years, the 2015 report’s top 20 places are evenly distributed right across the UK. Last year the north dominated the leader board, but this year the south west, which didn’t appear at all in 2014, has crept back into the top 20 with areas in Somerset and Devon scoring highly.
Wokingham, close to Reading, has taken the top place for the second time this year, having previously been awarded the coveted spot in 2012.
Longridge Mayor, Coun Sarah Rainford, says she is “absolutely delighted” to learn Longridge continues to climb to the top of the ratings.
She said: “What a fantastic achievement! We are lucky to live in a thriving town with some of the most beautiful areas of the countryside on our doorstep.”