Living and working in York

York is the best place to live in Britain according to The Sunday Times due to its "perfect mix of heritage and hi-tech".

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

In its Best Places to Live guide 2018, the national newspaper described York as a “mini-metropolis with cool cafes, destination restaurants, innovative companies – plus the fastest internet in Britain”. Other factors included jobs, schools and local shops.

York has also been 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.”

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 has also been recognised as attractive for its low crime rates, affordable living costs and relative high salaries. 73% of its population are in employment, and 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.

House prices in York rose 6.3% during 2017 to an average of just over £300,000. Average property rental costs calculated in January 2019 are:

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre – £685
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre – £555.00
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre – £1,070
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre – £805

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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Pictures courtesy of: Welcome to Yorkshire