The Best London Boroughs To Raise A Family

Moving house is a difficult decision at the best of times, but it’s made all the more difficult when you’ve got children to think about too.

Thankfully, London is such a huge and varied place, that you’re sure to find an area which suits the needs of you and your family.

We’ve taken a look at each London Borough, and ranked them on a number of family friendly factors, such as number of schools, safety and average academic performance to act as a bit of a guide.

Borough Crime Rate (Pts) GCSE
(Pts)
Schools
(Pts)
Greenspace (Pts) Child Obesity (Pts) Overall
(Pts)
Richmond upon Thames 29 32* 28 30 32* 151
Kingston upon Thames 28 29 17 23 31 128
Sutton 31 26 14 18 30 119
Barnet 25 25 30 27 5 112
Bromley 26 28 18 31 8 111
Merton 27 27 16 22 18 110
Hillingdon 21 19 21 29 12 102
Havering 23 12 16 32* 16 99
Kensington and Chelsea 2 31 32* 2 30 97
Wandsworth 21 21 20 14 21 97
Redbridge 24 31 7 26 9 97
Harrow 32* 24 1 22 16 95
Croydon 18 4 25 24 23 94
Hounslow 14 22 11 25 20 92
Hammersmith and Fulham 5 16 31 5 26 83
Ealing 17 18 12 15 20 82
Southwark 8 17 24 12 18 79
Enfield 22 10 7 28 12 79
Haringey 10 9 22 13 24 78
Bexley 30 14 13 17 3 77
Waltham Forest 19 6 5 16 30 76
City of Westminster 1 23 23 6 22 75
Hackney 6 16 29 9 14 74
Tower Hamlets 9 8 27 3 26 73
Lewisham 16 2 9 8 30 65
Camden 3 20 26 11 4 64
Greenwich 12 7 19 20 6 64
Newham 11 1 8 10 13 43
Brent 15 13 4 7 2 41
Barking and Dagenham 13 5 2 19 1 40
Islington 4 12 10 1 12 39
Lambeth 7 3 3 4 7 24

* We’ve starred the top result in each category!

We’ve also broken down by each of the individual factors to give an overview on the bigger picture:

Crime Rate

Knowing the crime rate of a particular borough is important; if only to understand how safe it is to let children play out with their friends! We took official data to outline the crime rate and assigned points based upon their ranking.

Borough Total Crimes Crime Rate Pts
Harrow 13630 1.30 32
Sutton 11011 1.31 31
Bexley 13590 1.34 30
Richmond upon Thames 11771 1.43 29
Kingston upon Thames 10599 1.46 28
Merton 13202 1.53 27
Bromley 21282 1.56 26
Barnet 25987 1.63 25
Redbridge 20620 1.65 24
Havering 17657 1.69 23
Enfield 23478 1.70 22
Hillingdon 23375 1.87 21
Wandsworth 24777 1.87 21
Waltham Forest 21683 1.9 19
Croydon 30784 1.93 18
Ealing 28312 1.95 17
Lewisham 24905 2.00 16
Brent 27902 2.05 15
Hounslow 23295 2.06 14
Barking and Dagenham 17667 2.08 13
Greenwich 24203 2.11 12
Newham 31904 2.3 11
Haringey 28590 2.52 10
Tower Hamlets 30947 2.53 9
Southwark 32919 2.56 8
Lambeth 35025 2.59 7
Hackney 30446 2.71 6
Hammersmith and Fulham 20955 2.78 5
Islington 28409 3.01 4
Camden 31003 3.08 3
Kensington and Chelsea 20363 3.10 2
City of Westminster 51103 5.12 1

GCSE Grades

We all want our children to achieve fantastic GCSE grades, and the schools in the area play a large part in ensuring that this happens. Here, we’ve taken a look at the percentage of children in each borough achieving 5 or more A* – C grades at GCSE.

Borough 5 or More A*-C Grades at GCSE Pts
Richmond upon Thames 70.6% 32
Kensington and Chelsea 68.7% 31
Redbridge 68.7% 31
Kingston upon Thames 68.5% 29
Bromley 68% 28
Merton 67.9% 27
Sutton 67.4% 26
Barnet 67.3% 25
Harrow 66.4% 24
City of Westminster 66% 23
Hounslow 63.2% 22
Wandsworth 63.1% 21
Camden 62.7% 20
Hillingdon 62.1% 19
Ealing 62.1% 18
Southwark 61.4% 17
Hammersmith and Fulham 60.6% 16
Hackney 60.6% 16
Bexley 60.4% 14
Brent 60.1% 13
Havering 59.9% 12
Islington 59.9% 12
Enfield 59.8% 10
Haringey 59.7% 9
Tower Hamlets 59.3% 8
Greenwich 58.8% 7
Waltham Forest 58.3% 6
Barking and Dagenham 58% 5
Croydon 57.6% 4
Lambeth 57.1% 3
Lewisham 56.6% 2
Newham 55.7% 1

Schools

Similarly, it’s important to know that schools aren’t over subscribed to ensure a great education for your child. As such, here we’ve looked at the number of schools per 10,000 of the population.

Borough # Of Schools Population Schools Per 10k Pts
Kensington and Chelsea 83 157700 5.263157895 32
Hammersmith and Fulham 82 179400 4.570791527 31
Barnet 161 379700 4.240189623 30
Hackney 111 269000 4.126394052 29
Richmond upon Thames 80 194700 4.108885465 28
Tower Hamlets 121 295200 4.098915989 27
Camden 96 241100 3.981750311 26
Croydon 148 379000 3.905013193 25
Southwark 119 308900 3.852379411 24
City of Westminster 90 242300 3.714403632 23
Haringey 101 272900 3.700989373 22
Hillingdon 110 297700 3.694994961 21
Wandsworth 116 314500 3.688394277 20
Greenwich 101 274800 3.675400291 19
Bromley 119 324900 3.662665436 18
Kingston upon Thames 63 173500 3.631123919 17
Merton 73 204600 3.567937439 16
Havering 89 249100 3.572862304 16
Sutton 70 200100 3.498250875 14
Bexley 84 242100 3.469640644 13
Ealing 116 343100 3.380938502 12
Hounslow 89 268800 3.311011905 11
Islington 75 227700 3.293807642 10
Lewisham 97 297300 3.262697612 9
Newham 108 332800 3.245192308 8
Redbridge 96 296800 3.234501348 7
Enfield 106 328400 3.227771011 7
Waltham Forest 87 271200 3.207964602 5
Brent 101 324000 3.117283951 4
Lambeth 101 324400 3.113440197 3
Barking and Dagenham 62 202000 3.069306931 2
Harrow 72 247100 2.913800081 1

Green Space Areas

As a child, there’s nothing more fun than playing in the local park so we’ve taken a look at the green space areas in each borough!

Borough % of Area That Is Green Space  Pts
Havering 59.3 32
Bromley 57.8 31
Richmond upon Thames 50.8 30
Hillingdon 49.2 29
Enfield 45.6 28
Barnet 41.3 27
Redbridge 40.6 26
Hounslow 39.6 25
Croydon 37.1 24
Kingston upon Thames 36.4 23
Merton 34.6 22
Harrow 34.6 22
Greenwich 34.4 20
Barking and Dagenham 33.6 19
Sutton 32 18
Bexley 31.7 17
Waltham Forest 31.4 16
Ealing 30.9 15
Wandsworth 26.9 14
Haringey 25.5 13
Southwark 24.9 12
Camden 24.8 11
Newham 23.9 10
Hackney 23.2 9
Lewisham 22.5 8
Brent 21.9 7
City of Westminster 21.5 6
Hammersmith and Fulham 19.1 5
Lambeth 17.3 4
Tower Hamlets 15.2 3
Kensington and Chelsea 15.1 2
Islington 12.4 1

Childhood Obesity

We also thought it was important to take a look at childhood obesity rates in each borough and we’ve outlined the individual rankings for each below:

Borough % of Childhood Obesity Pts
Richmond upon Thames 12.3% 32
Kingston upon Thames 13.0% 31
Sutton 13.7% 30
Kensington and Chelsea 13.7% 30
Waltham Forest 13.7% 30
Lewisham 13.7% 30
Hammersmith and Fulham 13.8% 26
Tower Hamlets 13.8% 26
Haringey 14.1% 24
Croydon 14.4% 23
City of Westminster 14.5% 22
Wandsworth 14.6% 21
Hounslow 15.0% 20
Ealing 15.0% 20
Merton 15.1% 18
Southwark 15.1% 18
Havering 15.4% 16
Harrow 15.4% 16
Hackney 15.5% 14
Newham 15.7% 13
Hillingdon 15.8% 12
Enfield 15.8% 12
Islington 15.8% 12
Redbridge 15.9% 9
Bromley 16.0% 8
Lambeth 16.1% 7
Greenwich 16.2% 6
Barnet 20.7% 5
Camden 21.3% 4
Bexley 22.7% 3
Brent 24.3% 2
Barking and Dagenham 28.5% 1

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_boroughs

https://beta.met.police.uk/stats-and-data/crime-data-dashboard/

https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/gcse-results-location-pupil-residence-borough/resource/2578db18-8040-4d00-bb08-f73143b221bd#

https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/schools-and-pupils-type-school-borough/resource/29c0ae07-8f57-49dd-8b35-621734938e80#

https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/land-use-ward/resource/65301e5a-c593-414b-998f-a805a1366ecf

https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/prevalence-childhood-obesity-borough/resource/5bc12c32-3764-499a-84c9-391fc8b916fd#

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