EASTLEIGH has been named in the top ten places to raise a family in the UK.

This comes from a study by estate agent Yopa, which mapped out more than 200 towns and cities across the UK.

The Hampshire town sits in fifth position with 89.3 per cent and 88.9 per cent of its primary and secondary schools respectively rated 'good' or 'outstanding'.

Average salary per week is £538 in Eastleigh, while the average house price is £334,009.

Mike Scott, Yopa's chief property analyst, said: "Our home is typically our most important and expensive purchase, so it’s vital we consider a variety of factors before deciding where to base the family.

"Everyone will have a different set of move motivators when it comes to choosing an area in which to look for a new home; the health-conscious may look for low levels of pollution and access to plenty of green spaces, whilst others prioritise top schools, or low crime rates."

The survey took in a number of economic and quality of life metrics, including proximity to schools rated 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted, average local salaries, pollution levels, crime rates, drug and alcohol use, road safety, obesity levels and job opportunities.