Living and working in York

Voted the 'Best Place to Live' by the Sunday Times in 2018, York is rich in culture and heritage, a vibrant modern city still making history. It’s renowned for beautiful period buildings, historical city walls and the iconic Minster; cool cafes, destination restaurants, innovative businesses and the fastest internet in Britain.

Situated in North Yorkshire, and at only 105 square miles, York is a wonderfully compact city allowing easy travel. London and Edinburgh are both less than two and a half hours by train, and neighbouring Leeds, Hull, Harrogate, Northallerton and Middlesbrough are also easy to reach by road or rail. On our doorstep are National Parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, quaint villages and market towns, and the Yorkshire coast. We also benefit from a mixed and stable economy which:

  • incorporates financial services
  • has UNESCO City of Media Arts status
  • has a strong tourism sector
  • is still at the forefront of rail technology
  • has an international centre for food research and development.

York’s thriving education sector helps young people to achieve a great start in life, supporting a highly skilled workforce and low levels of unemployment. Over 90% of children go to a 'Good' or 'Outstanding' school, with children’s services rated as 'Good' and on the way to being 'Outstanding'. An inclusive partnership between the council and education partners enables a whole-system approach to education, and City of York Council is one of the top performing local authorities for social care in both children and adults services, with a 'Good' Ofsted rating.

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