I was born in Liverpool, but have grown up in the states. I have always wanted to move back after my girls were grown, The time is approaching and I need advise about a good place to raise my seven year old. Somewhere with lower crime, less expense, and decent schools. Also I am looking to swap homes with someone in the UK for a few months. I live in Silver City New Mexico, and have a 5 bedroom home.
England is going down the pan, and maybe liverpool is never a good idea (from a manc). Might be a better idea to wait until we have a new government that can reintroduce dicipline to the young and save our public services. To answer your question though, the areas you look for are present throughout England, as are the worser parts. Maybe you should look at a certain region or city first (the north is cool ) and then research that area more closerly.
Put down the Daily Mail, sirwhale!
England is OK - there are plenty of places where the crime rate is low, and there are some really nice schools. I think the first thing to decide is whether you want to be urban or rural - I think you'll find it easier to get away from the crime and find a nicer school if you go for a small market town than if you try to find somewhere in a city.
Y'see I would recommend my current home town of Brighton (regular TPers might have guessed that) which has a low rate of violent crime and good schools but to be honest it's really expensive.
The area I grew up in was a lovely place to grow up - the Eden Valley in Cumbria - with good schools, cheap, not much crime, beautiful scenery - but very few jobs and not much 'culture'. Look up Penrith, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen if you're interested.
Just a thought, but the crime rate is actually significantly lower in most of Wales and Scotland than in England, so if its a worry that might be an option, and Scotland's education system is better funded (and better thought out).
Magykal1, I just have to say that I took a trip to the Eden Valley area earlier this year (you actually gave me some good advice when planning it) and it was fantastic. I tell you, if I could move to Kirkby Stephen, I would in a instant. You're pretty lucky to have grown up there.