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These are the healthiest cities in the world to raise a family

Fresh air and a healthy lifestyle have never been more important (Picture: Getty)

The health of our loved ones (as well as our own) has been at the forefront of our minds for the past 12 months.

We’ve appreciated getting outside more than ever before and going for long, wholesome walks has become the bread and butter of our daily plans.

The appeal of fresh air and outdoor space has also seen a rise in people wanting to swap cities for more rural locations. 

However, for those who want to stay put in bustling cities (particularly with restrictions lifting soon), new research has shed light on some of the best locations for prioritising this nourishing lifestyle.

A new study by CIA Landlords has identified the best and healthiest cities in the world to raise a family.

The research took a whole host of factors into account, including costs of rent, childcare and bills alongside the number of schools, attractions, quality of life and pollution, to determine both the 20 healthiest cities globally, as well as the 20 best cities within the UK.

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Scandinavian countries have come out on top in the world rankings – with Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark all making it into the top 10.

Helsinki ranks first as the healthiest city to raise a family, taking into account happiness, quality of life, crime rate, pollution and the cost of childcare per month. 

Its happiness index is a solid rating of 7.8 out of 10 and childcare ranks as one of the cheapest in the study, at £202 per month. In addition to this, it boasts a low crime rate rate (23 out of 100) and 15 out of 100 on the pollution index.

Oslo follows behind in second place with similar statistics to Helsinki, whereas Bern in Swizterland takes third place. 



Healthiest cities in the world to raise a family:

1. Helsinki

2. Oslo

3. Bern

4. Wellington

5. Reykjavík

6. Stockholm

7. Ottawa

8. Amsterdam

9. Copenhagen

10. Dublin

11. Vienna

12. Paris

13. Ljubljana

14. Washington

15. Madrid

16. Bratislava

17. Brussels

18. Canberra

19. Mexico City

20. London

In terms of the UK rankings, the best cities to raise a family were determined by quality of life, crime rate index, number of outdoor activities, number of local schools and the cost of monthly childcare and rent.

Belfast takes first place with 206 schools and 59 outdoor activities. Swansea follows close behind in second place, with the low cost of childcare playing a key role, as well as Carlisle in third place with its low pollution levels.



Best cities in the UK to raise a family:

1. Belfast

2. Swansea

3. Carlisle

4. Chester

5. Dundee

6. Edinburgh

7. Newcastle upon Tyne

8. Glasgow

9. Preston

10. Aberdeen

11. Plymouth

12. Sunderland

13. Exeter

14 Norwich

15 Liverpool

16 Londonderry

17. Gloucester

18. Leeds

19. Stoke-on-Trent

20. Peterborough

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