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The Healthiest Cities to Raise A Family

A new study by CIA Landlord reveals that Helsinki is the healthiest city to raise a family in. 

When moving to another city to raise a family, there are a number of aspects you need to take into consideration. From finance and childcare to attractions and general health, choosing the right city plays a vital role in the upbringing of your family.

CIA Landlord have looked into the best cities to raise a family, analysing the cost of rent, childcare and cost of bills alongside the number of schools, attractions, quality of life and pollution.

 

Helsinki Ranks as the Healthiest City to Raise a Family 

Living in a country that is a healthy lifestyle is crucial when comes to thinking about settling down and raising a family. From looking at the crime rate to quality of life, below we’ve analysed the healthiest cities to raise a family around the world.

From the study, Helsinki ranked first as the healthiest city to raise a family when combining metrics on happiness, quality of life, crime rate, pollution and the cost of childcare per month. Helsinki has a high happiness index rating of 7.8 out of 10, alongside a low crime rate index of 23 out of 100 and 15 out of 100 for the pollution index. Its cost of childcare also ranks as one of the cheapest in the study at £202.00 per month. 

The city of Oslo ranked second in the study, showing results close to Helsinki in quality of life, crime rate and pollution. At £284 a monthly for the cost of childcare, the city still remains affordable when compared to Bern and Ottawa. 

Below shows the top 20 healthiest cities to raise a family in:

Rank

Country

Capital

Happiness Index

Quality of life index

Crime rate index

Pollution index (out of 100)

Cost of Childcare (per month (GBP)

1

Finland

Helsinki

7.8

178.02

22.53

15.49

202.43

2

Norway

Oslo

7.48

177.49

25.57

13.34

283.79

3

Switzerland

Bern

7.56

198.99

28.35

13.66

540.53

4

New Zealand

Wellington

7.3

185.8

25.25

17.76

216.9

5

Iceland

Reykjavík

7.5

167.57

22.88

22.54

235.96

6

Sweden

Stockholm

7.35

164.11

21.4

23.21

318.18

7

Canada

Ottawa

7.23

201.64

22.14

13.89

951.01

8

Netherlands

Amsterdam

7.44

172.53

25.78

21.68

674.05

9

Denmark

Copenhagen

7.64

152

28

35.41

359.9

10

Ireland

Dublin

7.09

161.71

34.74

23.96

274.42

11

Austria

Vienna

7.29

157

23

43.01

544.47

12

France

Paris

6.66

155.09

45.03

19.81

105.32

13

Slovenia

Ljubljana

6.36

203.77

18.78

9.60

1686.34

14

United States

Washington

6.94

145.33

30.76

40.90

384.96

15

Spain

Madrid

6.4

158.94

41.25

39.40

120.83

16

Slovakia

Bratislava

6.28

120.51

27.49

21.06

365.75

17

Belgium

Brussels

6.86

147.93

29.91

52.92

376.65

18

Australia

Canberra

7.22

124.29

35.88

54.15

257.09

19

Mexico

Mexico City

6.46

129

26

59.95

284.79

20

United Kingdom

London

7.16

120.51

52.57

57.16

339.69

Reykjavik Ranks First as the Best Global City to Raise a Family 

For families who are looking for the best cities to locate to, Reykjavik in Iceland ranks first. Our study looked at the quality of life, crime rate index, number of outdoor activities, number of local schools, cost of monthly childcare and cost of monthly rent.

Reykjavik ranks highly for quality of life with a score of 178. This followed with a high number of outdoor activities, and low crime rate makes it the perfect city to raise a family. 

Lisbon follows Reykjavik in second place, boasting 480 outdoor activities, low crime rate levels and affordable monthly rental and bill costs at £1,200 for a three bedroom apartment in the city centre. 

If the choice of schools is an important consideration for you, Ottawa has 143 within the city, 17 more than second highest Wellington. 

Below shows the top 20 global cities to raise a family in:

Rank
City
Quality of life
Crime rate
No. of attractions
No. of activities
No. of schools
Pollution index
3 bedroom apartment Rent (£)
Cost of monthly childcare (£)
Cost of monthly bills (£)
1
Reykjavík
178.02
22.53
133
314
36
15.49
1,777.00
202.43
71.91
2
Lisbon
152
28
722
480
24
35.41
1,310.21
359.9
96.05
3
Wellington
198.99
28.35
220
81
126
13.66
1,724.81
540.53
86.86
4
Tallinn
167.57
22.88
301
77
65
22.54
777.88
235.96
156.24
5
Helsinki
177.49
25.57
337
113
38
13.34
1,637.02
283.79
77.23
6
Ottawa
172.53
25.78
280
87
143
21.68
1,534.19
674.05
81.42
7
Ljubljana
164.11
21.4
187
121
47
23.21
960.03
318.18
188.83
8
Vienna
185.8
25.25
854
133
13
17.76
1,329.79
216.9
171.86
9
Tokyo
157
23
6,402
387
43
43.01
2,124.25
544.47
150.08
10
Canberra
201.64
22.14
223
48
87
13.89
1,727.48
951.01
133.62
11
Budapest
124.29
35.88
620
204
15
54.15
702.48
257.09
117.69
12
Athens
120.51
52.57
421
251
19
57.16
613.04
339.69
121.46
13
Oslo
161.71
34.74
383
91
45
23.96
1,696.89
274.42
106.47
14
Santiago
101.44
55.41
512
393
16
69.84
647.08
273.06
113.44
15
Bratislava
145.33
30.76
287
64
12
40.90
920.01
384.96
160.74
16
Madrid
147.93
29.91
1011
130
47
52.92
1,399.76
376.65
119.71
17
Stockholm
155.09
45.03
341
10
13
19.81
1,705.57
105.32
64.71
18
Warsaw
129
26
499
84
21
59.95
1,115.66
284.79
139.66
19
Berlin
158.94
41.25
1084
255
18
39.40
1,477.91
120.83
194.85
20
Bogota
85.6
63
451
235
18
69.77
600.63
201.03
58.89

Belfast is the Best UK City to Raise a Family 

Our study also looked into the best UK cities for consumers to raise a family. Using the same metrics such as quality of life, crime rate index, number of outdoor activities, number of local schools, cost of monthly childcare and cost of monthly rent, we found that Belfast ranked first. 

With more than 206 schools, Belfast is the best choice for families who prioritise education for their children. The city also has 59 outdoor activities, ranking 3rd in the top 10. 

Swansea ranks second out of UK cities with its low cost of childcare playing a key role. Averaging £445 monthly, alongside £941 a month for renting a three bedroom apartment with bills, the Welsh city is a very affordable option for raising a family. 

If the levels of crime are a main concern for you as a family, Chester could be the city you choose. With a score of 21/100, Chester performs the best in the top 10 cities for low crime, with Carlisle and Edinburgh ranking second and third. 

Below shows the top 20 global cities to raise a family in:

Rank
City
Quality of life
Crime rate
No. Attractions
No. Activities 
No. Schools
Pollution index
3 bedroom apartment rent (£)
Cost of monthly childcare (£)
Cost of monthly bills (£)
1
Belfast
173.12
40.42
219
59
206
27.32
1,149.65
781.38
71.41
2
Swansea
179.25
34.03
134
34
109
21.21
791.67
444.5
149.38
3
Carlisle
190.38
27.84
45
9
40
19.89
548.75
775
136.67
4
Chester
193.77
20.97
160
24
44
23.28
933.33
771.11
135.46
5
Dundee
193.53
44.3
102
15
55
17.89
865.62
806.25
113.71
6
Edinburgh
175.82
30.27
476
150
141
27.65
1,517.68
812.5
143.85
7
Newcastle upon Tyne
179.33
39.27
128
24
118
31.11
1,050.00
725
117.23
8
Glasgow
167.59
43.61
402
75
187
34.98
1,142.05
675.04
113.8
9
Preston
186.15
49.59
52
7
98
17.17
783.33
650
173.68
10
Aberdeen
180
35.88
129
26
93
28.74
1,077.78
992.22
104.29
11
Plymouth
175.05
36.22
193
52
72
28.59
956.25
466.67
168.4
12
Sunderland
213.32
42.16
45
7
65
50.34
816.67
725
118.33
13
Exeter
175.05
34.27
86
29
53
20.86
1,146.25
800
155
14
Norwich
168.82
25.04
135
46
78
37.18
1,007.14
1,084.33
137.88
15
Liverpool
169.82
45.55
598
47
120
30.2
1,035.00
771.11
156.58
16
Londonderry
173.12
57.56
177
40
179
27.59
658.33
500
137.5
17
Gloucester
179.26
57.07
71
10
52
13
864.29
600
195.83
18
Leeds
167.26
42.2
177
45
117
46.44
1,280.77
766.67
107.85
19
Stoke-on-Trent
170.48
41.14
102
12
102
43.22
580
633.33
186.11
20
Peterborough
154.23
42.9
59
15
73
23.79
928.57
716.67
151.91

Methodology 

In order to reveal which location was the best city to raise a family in, we gathered data on key areas that would be important for parents. The metrics included, quality of life, crime rate, number of attractions, number of outdoor activities, number of local schools, pollution index, monthly rent of three bedroom apartment, cost of monthly childcare and cost of monthly bills. The cities were ranked based on these metrics to determine which city was the best location for raising a family.  

Sources 

www.numbeo.com

www.tripadvisor.com 

www.oceed.org

www.wikipedia.org