Galway in Europe’s top 10 cities to raise a family
GALWAY has been named one of Europe’s best cities to raise children, according to a new study.
The bustling coastal city was ranked sixth in the list of the ten best cities to raise a family in Europe, alongside thriving cities such as Trieste in Italy and Helsinki in Finland.
Research from Preply, an online language tutor resource, measured each of the 131 cities in terms of access and quality of education, health and safety, leisure categories and lifestyle.
Galway ranked 18th for education, 23rd for health and safety and twelfth for lifestyle and leisure, putting it in sixth place.
The top of the ranking is Funchal, located on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Highly rated in all three categories, the city offers the continent’s second-best outlook for health and safety, third for education, and seventh for recreation and lifestyle. Funchal’s ‘top of the charts’ performance is partly due to the fact that it has the lowest crime rate of all, low levels of air pollution and a cheaper cost of living. Portugal’s student-teacher ratio also falls just below the top ten in Europe, ranking 11th.
After Funchal, ranked the second best place in Europe to raise a child, is the city of Trieste in northern Italy. The port city may be small in size, but its abundance of educational attractions, recreational spaces and free health care make it a strong contender in the race for education and the well-being of a child.
Lisbon is the third best city to raise children in Europe. Besides the country’s large supply of teaching staff, Lisbon also ranks among the top five for air quality, a wealth of educational attractions and one of the ten highest percentages in Europe among those who follow the post-compulsory education.
Reykjavik in Iceland ranks fourth, owning the mainland better teacher to student ratio. The city also secures itself the second title of ‘best choice of sports and leisure facilities’, while the country’s 280 days of paid maternity leave is beaten by only three others in Europe. Prague in the Czech Republic follows suit in fifth place, largely because it is home to the second highest number of museums, with a whopping 373 on offer!
Cork ranks 25th overall, while Limerick comes in 29th.
In the UK, Edinburgh comes ninth, Aberdeen 14th and Newcastle 20th.