Living and working in York

York is described as big enough to feel cosmopolitan but small enough to feel homely. With a population of 200,000 its “a friendly place you can settle into quickly, but which still feels fresh and exciting once you get to know it well.”

A photo of a signpost outside York Minster, showing the way to the Minster, the Shambles and other key landmarks.

For a small city York is punching above its weight in the job creation stakes. A report published in July 2017 put it in second place in the UK for employment, with the city’s expanding business services sector helping to drive growth.

With its Roman walls and historic treasures, the city of York is a living museum. Around seven million tourists flock there every year to enjoy its culture, history and unique shopping experience.

York was ranked ninth in the UK as a great place to live in The UK Quality of Life Index for 2015, based on low crime rates, affordable living costs, high salaries and fast broadband.

York has encouraging employment rates with 73% of its population in work in 2015. Income and disposable income are good, with weekly incomes averaging around £500 and household annual available disposable income averaging nearly £16,000.

Food bills are low in York at around £55 for the average household’s weekly grocery shop. Other favourable living costs include petrol prices and dual fuel bills.

For an urban area with good employment rates, York has surprisingly low house prices, with the average home selling for £194,000 in 2015. Rent is fairly average at around £75 per week.

Photo of York's city streets by night.York has plenty of ways to get around; including six Park and Ride routes, numerous cycle paths and, as it sits on the east coast mainline – London is just two hours away by rail with trains departing every half hour. And, their buses have free Wi-Fi!

Within the city, there is plenty to impress; including the famously soaring Gothic Minster, the winding medieval streets, a diverse range of shops, galleries, clubs, cafés, museums, music groups and sports clubs means that the city really does offer something for everyone. York is also a great place to explore from – with two spectacular national parks and the East Yorkshire coast all within an hour’s drive, residents and visitors are spoilt for choice.

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