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Unitary Authority and City
An aerial view of York, with York Minster in the centre
An aerial view of York, with York Minster in the centre
Official logo of York
Arms of City of York Council
Nickname(s): "Capital of the North",[1] "Chocolate City"[2]
Motto: 'Let the Banner of York Fly High'
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Admin HQ York City Centre
Founded as Eboracum c. 71 AD
 • Type Unitary Authority, City
 • Governing body City of York Council
 • Leadership: Leader and Executive
 • Executive: Labour
 • MPs: Hugh Bayley (L)
Julian Sturdy (C)
 • Total 105.00 sq mi (271.94 km2)
Population (2008 est.)
 • Total 195,400 (Ranked 82nd)
 • Density 1,780/sq mi (687/km2)
 • Ethnicity
(2005 Estimates)[3]
95.6% Any White
3.0% Any Asian
0.9% Mixed
0.5% Any Black
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode YO
Area code(s) 01904
ISO 3166-2 GB-YOR
ONS code 00FF
OS grid reference SE603517
Website www.york.gov.uk

York is a historic walled city in Northern England, at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss.

The city was founded in AD 71 and became in turn the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, known as Eboracum, and of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik. After the establishment of the Kingdom of England, York was regarded as the capital of the North, and from 1537 to 1641 housed the Council of the North. Whilst the idea of the North being a separate province with its own capital has long since disappeared from secular politics, the Church of England has retained the concept, and York remains the seat of the Archbishop of York, metropolitan bishop of the Province of York.

York is also the traditional county town of Yorkshire, to which it lends its name. Because of this, it did not form part of any of the three historic ridings, or divisions, of Yorkshire. Traditionally the term City of York was used for the area within the city walls but the modern City of York, created on April 1, 1996, is a much larger unitary authority that includes several neighbouring parishes which formerly belonged to surrounding districts. The York urban area has a population of 137,505 while the entire unitary authority has a population of 184,900.

York is home to the University of York, founded in 1963, and York St John University, which was founded in 1841 and gained university status in 2006.

Also See

  1. Andalo, Debbie (26 March 2008). "Head to the capital of the north". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2008. 
  2. "The Chocolate City". York Press. 1999. Retrieved 30 September 2008. 
  3. "Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages)". Office for National Statistics. 2005. Retrieved 26 July 2008. 
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