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Where should you raise your kids? Here are the best and worst London boroughs to bring up a family

How does your borough fare?

They look like they've made the right choice(Image: iStockphoto/Getty)

London's vastness can be confusing when it comes to making decisions about where to settle down.

It is hard to pick a place to live that suits your needs, but those with children can find it even more difficult to find the perfect spot to raise them.

With 32 boroughs in our capital most people just stick with what they know but are you, and more importantly your children, missing out on the perfect neighbourhood, schools and green spaces?

Property and lifestyle blog London Unlocked has analysed data from the police and government to identify the best borough in each category.

Of course everyone has different priorities for where they live but here are some major factors:

GCSE Results

Now this may descend into "my borough is smarter than yours" but if education is an important factor in deciding where to live it's worth looking at.

Most parents would hope for a results day this photogenic(Image: Getty Images)

The best borough for GCSE results is Richmond upon Thames , according to the analysis, where more than 70% of pupils achieved at least five passes at grades A* to C.

Kensington and Chelsea is not far behind, coming joint second with Redbridge at 68.7%.

Harrow scored 66.4% earning the eighth spot in the list and Hounslow claimed tenth position with 63.2%.

From west London, Brent performed the worst with 60.1% achieving the standard, while Newham's 55.7% was the worst performance in London.

Crime Rate

It's important for your children to be safe when they're out and about in their neighbourhood. After all, this could be the place your children spend all their adolescent life.

You also don't want one of these hovering overhead interrupting your sleep for the umpteenth time

Westminster's crime rate, measured in crimes per 1,000 people, is the highest by far, earning a crime rate of 5.12.

Kensington and Chelsea is the next worst borough for crime and has a rate of 3.10, while Hammersmith and Fulham scored 2.78.

At the other end of the scale Harrow is London's safest borough, with a rate of 1.30. Hillingdon managed 1.87 and Ealing 1.95.

Green Spaces

It's all well and good being safe but the kids need somewhere to go too. The value of green spaces cannot be overstated, unless of course you're an estate agent.

Who wouldn't want this as their local park?

London's greenest borough is Havering, which is almost 60% green space. Bromley and Richmond on Thames come second and third respectively.

Hillingdon comes in fourth, and has recently been awarded the most Green Flag awards of any local authority in the country. The borough is just shy of 50% green space.

Hounslow has 39.6% green space and Ealing has 30.9% green space, with other west London boroughs coming lower down the list.

Kensington and Chelsea is second last, with just 15.1% of the tiny borough dedicated to green space. Brent, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham scored 21.9%, 21.5% and 19.1% respectively.

Childhood Obesity

Health of your child is an important consideration and there are trends to be found in childhood obesity rates for different boroughs.

Childhood obesity could cause major depression in adult life(Image: Getty Images)

The leanest borough is Richmond Upon Thames with 12.3% closely followed by Kingston Upon Thames with 13.0%.

Neighbouring Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham are separated by just a tenth of a percent, with Kensington and Chelsea edging it with 13.7%.

Barking has the highest proportion of obese children in west London with 24.3%.

Schools

Children spend half their day at school and its where they do the bulk of their learning so its important. Its not just about grades though, as the availability of places at schools can have a bearing on performance and environment.

its very well having good schools but they have to have room for your children

Kensington and Chelsea has the most schools per 10,000 of the population at about 5.3. Coming in at second is Hammersmith and Fulham with 4.6.

Harrow performs the worst in this category coming below all boroughs in London with just 2.9 schools per 10,000 people.

Hounslow has 3.3 and Ealing has 3.4, while Hillingdon has 3.6.

So where should you move?

If that's far too much stats, the folk at London Unlocked have collated the results and come up with an overall ranking.

Richmond Upon Thames comes out on top for people wanting to raise a family, coming in the top five for all categories.

Next up is Kingston Upon Thames, closely followed by Sutton.

Richmond is certainly picturesque but it also has good schools and is one of the safest boroughs in London(Image: 2012 Getty Images)

Hillingdon was the best borough in west London to raise a family and seventh best in London, two places above Kensington and Chelsea.

Despite having the lowest crime rate, Harrow only managed 12th place thanks in part to how few schools there are.

Honslow, Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing straddle the middle of the table, in that order.

Brent only managed to get 28th place, four from the bottom, with Lambeth coming right at the bottom of the list.

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