Best towns for families in Hampshire

August 03, 2023

Finding a home in the right area for your family can be stressful, especially when considering factors that are important to raising children. We took the guesswork out of searching for affordable properties with access to good schools, low crime rates, and kid-friendly amenities in Hampshire by whittling down a list of the top twenty towns that appeal to families in Hampshire.

Our Methodology

We gathered data to assess towns from the perspective of families to take into consideration when choosing a location to call home. Data relating to education, property, crime, and local amenities were all considered to narrow down attractive areas. Ultimately, the five categories used for rankings were:

1. Education

– Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ ratings above 10% of total schools
– Ofsted ‘Good’ at least 1 school

2. Property

– Average semi-detached price below £500,000
– Average terraced house price below £400,000

3. Crime rate

-Less than 100 per 1,000 people

Why we chose these categories

It was found that one in four parents with school-age children have either bought or rented a new home to get in the desired catchment area. Reports have also said that parents were willing to spend an extra 12% on top of the market value of a home for the location.
Average families in the UK look for 3-bedroom terraced or semi−detached houses that sell at a UK nationwide average of £243,702 for a terraced or £286,099 for a semi−detached house.
In Hampshire average house prices are higher than the UK average with terraced houses selling at £315,532 and semi-detached houses selling for £402,065.
As outlined by the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2020, safety is one of the top priorities when deciding where to bring up children.

Top 20 Hampshire towns for families

1. Fareham
2. Totton
3. Whiteley
4. Hedge End
5. Waltham Chase
6. Andover
7. Titchfield
8. Chandler’s Ford
9. Bishops Waltham
10. Blackwater
11. Aldershot
12. Farnborough
13. New Milton
14. Hartley Wintney
15. Hamble-le-Rice
16. South Hayling
17. Fleet
18. Buriton
19. Hook
20. Alton

Along with the categories above, we know there were other factors that were considered for an easier-living family household. The towns above were sorted by their proximity to supermarkets and shopping centres along with the number of parks and recreational grounds. There’s often more than simple metrics to determining a future home, especially when you must consider getting the weekly shop and having a source of entertainment for the kids. These five towns in Hampshire observe the importance of these additional considerations.

1. Fareham – With 22 parks and recreational grounds and both supermarkets and shopping centres within a mile of town centre, it’s no surprise that the area is convenient for families.

2. Farnborough – Coming in at a close second, Farnborough has 16 parks and a variety of supermarkets and shops right in town.

3. Fleet – As an up-and-coming area, Fleet’s infrastructure has lent itself well to families. There are 15 parks and multiple shops that make catering to family life simple in this area.

4. Andover – More than just a scenic river town, Andover is also situated well to cater to the convenience of a quick shop with plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy.

5. Aldershot – With a rich military history, fantastic schools, and access to a plethora of leisure activities, Aldershot provides entertainment and educational opportunities for families.

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