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York tops list of best places to live in Britain for the first time

York Minster Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

York has been named as the Best Place to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

The accolades come alongside the full reveal of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published Sunday, March 18.

The a wide range of factors were taken into aaccount, from jobs, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations to live.

The methodology uses robust statistics, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times’s expert panel. The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

Tynemouth was ranked the best place to live in the North and North East.

Top 5 list

  • Britain overall winner York, North Yorkshire
  • Greater London, Bermondsey, Southwark
  • Midlands, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
  • North and Northeast, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
  • Northwest, Altrincham, Cheshire
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York's combination of ancient beauty and a recent modernisation means it is ranked as the Best Place to Live in Britain for the first time.

The period buildings, meandering river and iconic Minster have ensured the city a billing in every Best Places list to date, but it now comes out in top spot due to its emergence as a mini metropolis, with trendy cafes and destination restaurants, innovative tech and media firms, and a dynamic workforce.

The city has a population of less than 200,000, yet has ambitions to become one of the best-connected hubs in Europe, with London less than two hours away by train.

It is also the UK’s first Gigabit City, offering lightning-fast broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps (one gigabit, or 1,000 megabits, per second) to businesses and tens of thousands of homes.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees