Northern Ireland town voted best place in UK to raise a family

Hoping to start a family but struggling to find the best place?

No need to worry because you are definitely not alone.

There are so many factors to consider and it can often feel overwhelming, especially for those looking to raise a baby for the very first time.

But it turns out the best place to raise a family is here in Northern Ireland. Because, according to the latest research, Armagh is the best place to raise a family in the UK.

It beat Wells in Somerset, Bangor in Wales, Westminster in London and Chichester in West Sussex – which also made it into the top five places to raise a family.

The research looked at the number of primary schools, the number of parks, and the number of hospitals in each area, as well as the average birth and crime rates in each location.

Of course, Armagh was the only town to achieve a family town score of 100 – well ahead of the next best score of 80.



Small towns dominated the family town chart, but Armagh secured the top spot for a number of reasons.

Armagh has the highest number of primary schools per capita, with 87 primary schools in total. This means that parents will have the choice between several schools to give their child the education he deserves.

The city also has the second largest number of hospitals for its population size. Although you will hopefully not visit them much, they are certainly still handy to have around the corner.



Heather in full bloom from Slieve Gullion, Ring of Gullion, South Armagh in Northern Ireland. A long extinct volcano, the mountain is surrounded by blowholes creating the landscape.

Armagh is also home to four parks, which is relatively large for the size of the city. These green spaces will allow you to walk around with your pram and help your children make friends, and even friends for yourself.

63 crimes per 1,000 people occur on average in Armagh. This may seem high, but it is still relatively low compared to other top places such as Westminster (184) and Chichester (95).

Armagh had a fairly low birth rate of 12 births per 1,000 population.

Keeping your children happy is key, but there are also many reasons why parents themselves can enjoy life in Armagh.

The city is steeped in Georgian architectural gems and is home to some of history’s enviable firsts – one of the many reasons it could become the UK’s next city of culture.

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