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York: the facts and figures

York’s economy blends the traditional importance of manufacturing (particularly in food and engineering) with a growing importance as a national centre for business and tourism.
Significant investments in local manufacturing, and the growing number of government relocations, have confirmed the importance of the city as a high-quality working environment, particularly for service organisations and high-tech companies escaping the congested South-East.

York’s population

  • York has a population of 185,000
  • 1.5 million people live within a 45-minute drive of the city centre.

Business in York

  • York has been named the UK’s most profitable town for business
  • The bioscience cluster contains 54 companies and 3,700 life scientists, all working within 8 miles of the city centre
  • Over 100 IT & digital companies are based here, employing more than 2,400 people
  • Almost 43,000 people are employed in food & drink in North Yorkshire
  • More than 10,000 conferences are held in York each year.

York’s economy

  • The average weekly pay in York/North Yorkshire is 39% less than the London average.

Transport in York

  • 600 million passengers pass through York each year
  • York is a major station on the East Coast Main Line, and you can be in London 1 hour, 43 minutes. There are up to 30 direct trains each day to London
  • York offers quick access to the national motorway network. A dual carriageway connection will take you from York to the A1 and the motorway network in 15 minutes.

Tourism and leisure in York

  • In 2007, York was named European Tourism City of the Year
  • 4 million visitors a year spend £291m in York, creating 9,279 jobs
  • 77% of visitors return to York, drawn by the mix of Viking and Roman history, the waterfront, the mediaeval city, the museums and the shopping centres
  • York is home to the UK's National Railway Museum. Winner of the European Museum of the Year award, it was named one of the world's top 10 museums by the Sunday Times
  • York is also home to the Castle Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Education in York

  • The University of York has been credited with the best-quality teaching in the UK, and is consistently ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities
  • 17 of its 22 subjects are rated 5 or 5-star
  • The University of York was recently rated 6th out of 172 higher-education institutions for research, and has a 5*-rated Department of Computer Science
  • Almost 80% of the university’s departments are now rated as world-class, and its Department of Computer Science is one of only 3 on the UK rated as 5*
  • The university’s internationally renowned science base has helped York achieve official status as 1 of 6 designated science cities in the UK
  • There are over 21,000 students located at this university and other higher-education establishments within the city, including York St John University
  • Examination results in York & North Yorkshire are consistently within the top 10% in the country, with above-average results in GCSE and A Levels across the board
  • Six local vocational educational establishments have been designated Centres of Vocational Excellence, including Askham Bryan College, which focuses on food-chain technology.

Find out more information about investing in York and the City of York Council

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