Best Places to Live in Berkshire

Berkshire has much to offer the young family, with beautiful countryside on the doorstep, commuting distance from London, Swindon, Oxford and within easy reach of Hampshire and Bucks. Also, LEAs boasting some of the best schools and GCSE results in the country. Children in Berkshire will love

Legoland and the locality to Thorpe Park and Chessington.

Wokingham has been listed in the top 3 places to live in the country since 2007 according to Halifax’s Quality of Life annual survey. 95% of inhabitants’ health is classed as good or fairly good and a baby born today can expect to live to 80 years of age – one of the highest life expectancies in the country. Other factors considered were weather (1 ½ hours more sunshine a week than the national average), lower than average crime rate and above average GCSE results. However, with residents income being among the top 5% in Britain, this is reflected in house prices. The average value of a house in Wokingham is £331,802 – that’s £90,000 more than the national average. But, the good news, if you are thinking of buying, is that house prices in Wokingham are increasing at a rate of 5.3% annually compared to prices which are falling by 1.9% nationally and 2.9% in the South East.

When considering where to live with your children there are many factors to weigh up. The following links may help you compare school league tables, including LEA averages compared to national average; average house prices; crime rates.

Primary School KS2 Performance Tables 2011 by LEA (LEA average point score in brackets. National average is 27.5)

Bracknell (27.5)
Reading (27.5)
Slough (27.3)
West Berkshire(27.9)
Windsor and Maidenhead (28)
Wokingham (28.4)

For a long term base, it may be more worthwhile to check performance of secondary schools. It is quite interesting to compare the performance of an LEA at Primary and Secondary level.

Secondary School GCSE Performance Tables 2011 by LEA (LEA average point score in brackets. National average is 449.5)
Bracknell (437.3)
Reading (465.3)
Slough (455.5)
West Berkshire (422.1)
Windsor and Maidenhead (466.8)
Wokingham (454.6)

Information on reported crimes can play a part in your decision where to live. The website provides valuable information in the form of maps where you can quite easily distinguish between the different types of crime. It’s perhaps something we’d rather not think about, but it is better to be well informed than find out the area is not what you were expecting, when it’s too late.

The following maps illustrate crime by town, rather than council, but you can enter whichever town you like and zoom in as close as the street of each individual crime. crime maps

Have a mooch around our website for other local information including libraries, country parks, swimming pools and theatres.



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