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The 10 best London boroughs for families

New analysis of house prices and schools across London shows that, out of London’s 32 boroughs, Sutton and Richmond upon Thames are best for families.

When comparing size of property, the amount of green space and, most importantly, quality of schools, Sutton soared to the top of the rankings with an average house price of £508,679 for a semi-detached property – not bad considering the average house price in London is £485,830. For this price, families will be getting approximately 100 square metres of property, in an area with the lowest crime rate in all of London.

When it comes to giving the kids a chance to let off steam, 32 per cent of Sutton is comprised of green space, meaning there’s plenty of areas for children to run around in. It also boasts five outstanding schools and is the second quietest borough when ranked on noise pollution.

In addition to Sutton, the top 10 boroughs for families are:

  1. Sutton
  2. Richmond upon Thames
  3. Kingston upon Thames
  4. Merton
  5. Bromley
  6. Waltham Forest
  7. Havering
  8. Barnet
  9. Kensington and Chelsea
  10. Camden

Richmond and Kingston upon Thames both ranked highly thanks to their low crime rate, for which they placed third and seventh respectively. Richmond upon Thames also scored very well for green space, with an incredible 50.8 per cent of the borough being considered a green area, and the two boroughs came first and second in a ranking determining the happiness and satisfaction of people living in every area of London.

Kensington and Chelsea snuck into the top 10 despite coming second to last for the average price of a house in the area; buying a semi-detached house in Kensington will set you back, on average, a cool £6.3 million. The only borough more expensive was Westminster, where the average is £7.9 million. Having said this, the average salary in Kensington is £171,000, which is over £100,000 more than the average salary in London at £48,023 so it figures that house prices will also be more expensive.

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