Find out why Bedfordshire is ranked one of the top five places to live

County scores high in three categories

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 4:50 pm

Bedfordshire has been ranked in the top five places to live if you want your children to attend a school with outstanding Ofsted ratings.

According to regulated property buyers Good Move, the county also scored well in the life expectancy and house price categories too.

The research looked at Ofsted ratings, as well as population numbers, green space, house prices, crime rates, life expectancy, and disposable income from counties and regions across the country, to help home buyers determine the best and worst places to live based on their preferences.

Bedfordshire (Google)

Having analysed the data, Good Move reimagined the UK map which you can see here, visualising how the areas would expand on the UK map if you considered these factors. The bigger the area, the higher the factor.

Having collated the data, the areas with the best Ofsted reports, based on the percentage of schools in the area rated as outstanding, are:

City of London (100%)

Surrey (29%)

Hertfordshire (25%)

Bedfordshire (25%)

Cheshire (22%)

At the other end of the scale, one of the areas which scored badly - with the worst Ofsted reports, based on the percentage of schools in the area rated as outstanding - was nearby Cambridgeshire with 12 per cent.

Nima Ghasri, director at Good Move, said: “When looking to move home, there are many important factors to consider, and if you have children then Ofsted reports will be one of the most important things to think about when moving your family to a new area.

“This is why we created this interactive map that adjusts the size of the factor to the size of the area - we want all potential buyers to see which area in the UK is best for them and their families to live based on the factors they care most about, including Ofsted reporting.”