Surrey is the best English county in which to raise children, according to a new study Credit: Bjanka Kadic / Alamy
Surrey has been named the best English county in which to raise children, thanks to itsÂ low crime rate, good standard of education, and the lowest deprivation level of any region in theÂ country.
Almost 95pc of schools in Surrey are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, and onlyÂ 15 out of every 1,000 people in the county are affected by crime each year.
Surrey also enjoys the highest rate of disposable income across England; an an average Â£26,844 a year after tax and household bills.
Cheshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire also ranked amongÂ the top 10 places to raise children in England, in a study published byÂ Witter Towbars.
It rated each region based on factors including the cost ofÂ a three-bedroom house, the averageÂ annual disposable income, the number of child-friendly activities available, the percentage of schools listed asÂ good or outstanding, and other considerations such asÂ the average time children spentÂ outdoors.
Each countyÂ wasÂ given a percentage rating; the higher the rating, the better that place is deemed for raising a child.Â
Bristol ranked bottom of the list because of factors such as low average disposable income (Â£17,943),Â high crime rate (25 per 1,000 people), and the shortÂ amount of time children spent outdoors on average (4.47 hours).
Also among the 10 worst in the studyÂ were the Isle of Wight, Durham and Merseyside.
A separate study by MoneySuperMarket in May revealed the best and worst UK cities for raising children, with London, somewhat unsurprisingly, ranking as the worst.
The study lookedÂ at crime rates, house prices, school rankings, average salaries and access to green spaces inÂ 35 cities across the UK.
With an average house price of Â£484,803, unaffordability was a key factor in the capital's low placement, as was theÂ comparatively high crime rate.
Newcastle was named the best city for raising children, thanks to its 28 outstanding schools, an abundance of green spaces and an average house price of justÂ Â£161,255.