Bolton has been named one of the most family-friendly places to live in England.

Online retailer Play Like Mum has ranked the 25 most populated town and cities on finances, things to do, and the quality of schools, with Bolton securing the fifth spot behind Bournemouth, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Plymouth.

Liverpool bagged the top spot, topping the table overall and for the per cent of schools with ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted reports.

Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of Bolton Council, said: "It is no surprise that Bolton has ranked so highly as a wonderful place for families.

"From outstanding schools and easy access to beautiful countryside to our friendly community and family events such the Food and Drink Festival, there is certainly plenty to be proud of.

"We are lucky to have so many voluntary sector groups within our communities that bring families together and create a real sense of pride in the borough.

"As we work to improve our town centre and continue to attract employers to the borough, I’m sure more people will realise that Bolton is an ideal place for all ages."

The list was collated using eight categories including crimes per person, median full-time salary, average house price, and how much private childcare costs each month.

The per cent of schools given an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report, the number of child-friendly attractions and restaurants, and the per cent of households with children are also key factors that affect the ranking.

More than a fifth of schools in the borough were deemed to hit the top Ofsted ratings, just 1.5 per cent short of Liverpool’s score in the same category.

In terms of finances, the average person in full-time work can expect to take home just shy of £25,000, with private childcare setting you back £725 a month, while the average house in the area will cost you just over £160,000.

For those wanting to get out and about, there are seven attractions and 79 restaurants suitable for children per 100,000 people.

The rate of crimes is relatively low, with just 0.18 crimes recorded per person. Reading had the lowest crime figures (0.07 per person) whilst London had the highest (0.54 per person).