When it comes to choosing the right place to live it can be challenging to explore an area you are unfamiliar with. Especially when this could be one of the most important moves for you and your family. You need to decide is the area suitable for the quality of life you want for yourself and your family. So, Why should you and your family choose to move to Stockton-on-Tees?
In a recent survey of 7137 areas across the UK, Stockon-on-Tees was listed as the Top 6th Best place to live in the UK. Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees has increased its ranking since 2013 by 15 positions.
The survey conducted covered several factors of what deems a place a good place to live;
Income; what is the average weekly income for a household living in the area, and how much disposable income does this allow them.
Crime rates; how high or low is the rate of solved and unsolved crime in the area, as well as frequency of how often crime is conducted in the area.
Health; what is the overall health and well being of the residents living in the area.
Home Ownership; what percentage of the population for an area own their own home vs the rate of residents that are in rented accommodation and social housing.
Economic activity; does the area have a high or low rate of economic activity, are is high streets active in retail and is there a lot of business activity in the area.
Based on these factors, Stockton-on-Tees found itself ranking higher than any areas across the country including areas such as Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Additionally, no area of London found itself in the Top 10 due to the high crime rates and low rates of home ownership.
The improvement in local crimes rates in Stockton-on-Tees is in no small part to the amazing work carried out due to the Safer Stockton Partnership since 2013/14.
Stockton-on-Tees has a lot to be proud of, the area is rich in year round events, diverse culture, leisure activities and it is constantly expanding to allow for more new housing projects. In 2015, the average house price for a house sold in Stockton-on-Tees was 126,000GBP which makes it extremely accessible for new home owners to get onto the property ladder.
The Cost of Living is also an amazing pull for those looking to consider Stockton-on-Tees for their family, With weekly expenses for groceries at 49GBP pw and petrol prices at 116GBP ppl. Even Annual expenses are at great rates, with Car Insurance on average being 395GBP and home insurance at 208GBP.
Communications, is another strong area for Stockton-on-Tees with the average broadband speed finding itself at 32.1 Mbps and even for mobile communications the area benefits from 98% mobile coverage.
What locals say about Stockton-on-Tees;
Ï have lived in Stockton-on-Tees for over 22 years. I love Stockton, the people are friendly, and there is a wide variety of attractions that you can visit.”