Four Scottish cities named among UK’s best places to raise a family with high quality of life, schools and attractions

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FOUR Scottish cities have been named among the best places to raise a family in the UK.

The Top 10 has a distinctly Scottish feel, with Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen all ranked highly by CIA Landlord.

Dundee has been ranked as Scotland’s best city to raise a family, thanks to its high quality of life
Edinburgh scored highly thanks to its large number of attractions and outdoor activities

The insurance firm gathered data of areas of importance to parents, including quality of life, local attractions and outdoor activities, schools and childcare costs.

And Scotland proved a prime location within Britain for families looking to relocated to a new city.

Glasgow was highly rated in a number of categories
Aberdeen was the fourth Scottish city in the UK Top 10

Dundee was ranked fifth in the UK, with it being seen as a great spot to raise kids thanks to the high quality of life and low pollution index within the Tayside city.

It was also cost-efficient, with comfortably the lowest rent rates and the smallest monthly bills of the Scottish cities.

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Next on the list is Edinburgh, with Scotland’s capital boasting by far the largest number of attractions and outdoor activities in the Top 10, making it a great place for families who love to explore their city.

Parents’ fears could also be eased by living in Edinburgh, as it had the lowest crime rate among the Scottish cities and scored highly on the number of schools.

The capital’s infamous high prices saw it marked down, however, with the biggest rent rates and bills among the Scottish cities – and it also had one of the top childcare costs.

Glasgow came in eighth in the list, providing lots of positives for parents with young kids as it scored highly in terms of the number of attractions, schools and outdoor activities.

Childcare costs in Scotland’s biggest city were the lowest in the country, but it was marked down due to its high crime rate and pollution index.

Aberdeen rounded off the Top 10, with the Granite City having consistent scores across all the key areas for families.

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And though it had the highest childcare costs in the Top 10, Aberdeen had one of the lowest monthly bill costs in the UK.

CIA Landlord branded Belfast the best choice in the UK for families looking to relocate.


Northern Ireland’s capital was top of the list for schools and ranked highly for both attractions and outdoor activities.

Swansea came in second, with its ow cost of childcare playing a key role. Averaging £445 monthly, alongside £941 a month for renting a three bedroom apartment with bills, the Welsh city is a very affordable option for raising a family. 

In their global metric, Helsinki in Finland was rated the healthiest city to raise a family, with a high happiness index, and Iceland’s capital Reykjavik was ranked as the best.

It comes as as Scottish town’s “heavenly beaches” and top school saw it named the country’s best place to live.

North Berwick’s high street and proximity to Edinburgh also helped it scoop the top billing on the Sunday Times annual list.

And the coastal town was described as “a place that really does have it all”, with the East Lothian hotspot being named Scotland’s number one.

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