Good schools, low crime rates and an average house price of around £161,000 makes the Northern city the ideal place to start a family, a new research shows.

A survey put together by revealed that Newcastle has been voted best place to raise a family due to its low crime rates, good schools and affordable house prices.

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During the survey, the city had to compete with 34 other places across the UK to gain the biggest backing and most support for its family-friendly environment.

The research was based in six categories, including the number of outstanding schools, job opportunities, parks, burglaries, house prices as well as average income.

In the end Newcastle ranked top or above in most of the six categories.

When it comes to affordable housing, the North’s rising star scored highly due to its low average house price of £161,255 compared to the country’s average of £232,885.

Furthermore, the city was awarded 10 out of 10 for its outstanding schools per head of population and low for house burglaries.

Whilst Newcastle also ranked above average for its variety in parks, it dropped slightly when it came to job opportunities due to a lack of available positions. The research also found that the city’s average income of £25,573 is higher than its neighbour’s, Sunderland, of £24,767.

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MoneySuperMarket’s Kevin Pratt said:

“Parents naturally want the best for their children, whether it’s a good school, a safe and leafy neighbourhood, or plenty of career opportunities when they grow up.”

It appears that this study is only the first one in a long series of interest backing the new property star on the horizon with Newcastle and Gateshead councils recently also revealing their big vision for the area by 2030, including thousands of new jobs, office space and homes to suit its growing population.