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  • You need to head to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire to find the most affordable town to live in the South West.

    Cinderford, with an average house price to household income ratio of just 5.81, checks in as the location where residents are most likely to find property prices within reach.

    This compares to the Devon coastal resort of Salcombe, the least affordable town in the South West, where house prices are a whopping 14.53 times the average salary.

    We crunched our data to compare the average house price in a town with the average household income, to come up with the top 10 most affordable places to live in South West England. 

    Want to know more? Read on...

    1. Cinderford, Gloucestershire

    Three-bedroom end terrace house in Cinderford for £190,000

    Average house price (2018): £194,201

    Average household income (2017): £33,442

    House price to household income ratio: 5.81 (ie, house price is nearly six times household income)

    What's it like? A small, former mining town on the eastern fringe of the Forest of Dean. Over 30% of homes are valued at £100k - £150k. Find more house price info about the area here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom end terrace house for £190,000

    2. Tidworth, Wiltshire

    Three-bedroom semi-detached house in Tidworth for £250,000

    Average house price: £247,256

    Average household income: £41,073

    House price to household income ratio: 6.02

    What's it like? A garrison town on the eastern edge of Salisbury plain. It's also the birthplace of musician Jame Blunt and its polo club regularly welcomes royal visitors. Find more house price info about the area here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom semi-detached house for £250,000

    3. Portland, Dorset

    Three-bedroom terraced house in Portland for £195,000

    Average house price: £195,311

    Average household income: 32,083

    House price to household income ratio: 6.09

    What's it like? The Isle of Portland in Dorset is a limestone tied island and part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. Over 45% of its homes are in the £150k - £200k price bracket. Find more house price info about the area here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom terraced house for £195,000

    4. Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

    Three-bedroom detached house in Mitcheldean for £235,000

    Average house price: £235,208

    Average household income: £37,704

    House price to household income ratio: 6.24

    What's it like? Similar to its Forest of Dean neighbour Cinderford, Mitcheldean was a former thriving mining town thanks to nearby iron ore deposits. House prices have climbed from an average of £180k in 2014. Find more house price info about the area here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom detached house for £235,000

    5. Gloucester, Gloucestershire

    Three-bedroom detached house in Gloucester for £240,000

    Average house price: £241,439

    Average household income: £38,296

    House price to household income ratio: 6.30

    What's it like? The city is located on the banks of the River Severn, surrounded by the Forest of Dean, Malvern Hills and Cotswolds. More than half the number of homes for sale are priced at £100k - £200k. Find more house price info about the area here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom detached house for £240,000

    6. Plymouth, Devon

    Three-bedroom end terrace house in Plymouth for £200,000

    Average house price: £207,766

    Average household income: £32,611

    House price to household income ratio: 6.37

    What's it like? Nicknamed Britain's Ocean City, the coastal location in South West Devon is enclosed by the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar. The average detached property now costs £358k, up from £300k four years ago. Find more house price info here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom end terrace house for £200,000

    7. Swindon, Wiltshire

    Three-bedroom link-detached house in Swindon for £260,000

    Average house price: £262,492

    Average household income: £41,068

    House price to household income ratio: 6.39

    What's it like? From an original Anglo-Saxon settlement, Swindon evolved into a small market town and now a location with close to 200,000 inhabitants. The price of an average semi-detached home has risen from just under £200k to over £250k in the past four years. Find more house price info here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom link-detached house for £260,000

    8. Camborne, Cornwall

    Three-bedroom semi-detached house in Camborne for £187,950

    Average house price: £190,459

    Average household income: 29,525

    House price to household income ratio: 6.45

    What's it like? Located close to the north Cornish coast, the town was formerly one of the richest tin mining areas in the world. If you're looking for a real bargain, 5% of properties are valued under £100k. Find more house price info here

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom semi-detached house for £187,950

    9. Redruth, Cornwall

    Three-bedroom detached house in Redruth for £195,000

    Average house price: £204,186

    Average household income: £31,413

    House price to household income ratio: 6.50

    What's it like? Close to Camborne and just nine miles from the Cornish county town of Truro, Redruth's industrial past was built on its copper mines. Over a third of its properties are valued at £150k-£200k. Find more house price info here.

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom detached house for £195,000

    10. Calne, Wiltshire

    Three-bedroom detached house in Calne for £290,000

    Average house price: £286,975

    Average household income: £43,666

    House price to household income ratio: 6.57

    What's it like? Located on the edge of the North Wessex Downs, just a short trip from Bowood House and the Cherhill White Horse carved into the south face of Cherhill Down. The average price of a detached property in the area is £419k. Find more house price info here

    What’s for sale: Three-bedroom detached house for £290,000


    Post town

    County

    Region

    Zoopla properties

    Average household income (2017)

    Zoopla average property value (2018)

    Affordability ratio 

    CINDERFORD

    Gloucestershire

    South West England

    6,128

    £33,442

    £194,201

    5.81

    TIDWORTH

    Wiltshire

    South West England

    4,091

    £41,074

    £247,256

    6.02

    PORTLAND

    Dorset

    South West England

    6,358

    £32,083

    £195,311

    6.09

    MITCHELDEAN

    Gloucestershire

    South West England

    1,371

    £37,704

    £235,208

    6.24

    GLOUCESTER

    Gloucestershire

    South West England

    83,294

    £38,296

    £241,439

    6.30

    PLYMOUTH

    Plymouth

    South West England

    128,187

    £32,611

    £207,766

    6.37

    SWINDON

    Wiltshire

    South West England

    116,561

    £41,068

    £262,492

    6.39

    CAMBORNE

    Cornwall

    South West England

    12,471

    £29,525

    £190,459

    6.45

    REDRUTH

    Cornwall

    South West England

    17,837

    £31,413

    £204,186

    6.50

    CALNE

    Wiltshire

    South West England

    10,734

    £43,666

    £286,975

    6.57

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