City of York
Unitary authority area with city status
York city centre and its minster from above
Chocolate City[1]
Let the Banner of York Fly High[2]
Shown within North Yorkshire
Shown within North Yorkshire
City of York is located in the United Kingdom
City of York
City of York
Location within the United Kingdom
City of York is located in Europe
City of York
City of York
Location within Europe
Coordinates: 53°57′30″N 1°4′49″W / 53.95833°N 1.08028°W / 53.95833; -1.08028
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Historic countyYorkshire
Unitary status1 April 1996[3]
Administrative centre • York Guildhall
 • West Offices
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyCity of York Council
 • LeadershipLeader and cabinet
 • ExecutiveLabour Party
 • Lord MayorDavid Carr (IND)
 • Council LeaderClaire Douglas (Labour)
 • Total105.00 sq mi (271.94 km2)
 • Total204,551
 • Rank(Ranked 97th)
 • Density1,780/sq mi (687/km2)
 • Urban
DemonymYorker • Yorkie[4]
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode areas
Dialling codes01904
ISO 3166-2GB-YOR
ONS code00FF (ONS)
E06000014 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSE603517
Primary airportLeeds Bradford Airport (outside of York)
List of MPs

The City of York, officially simply "York",[6] is a unitary authority area with city status in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England.[7]

The district's main settlement is York, and its coverage extends to the town of Haxby and the villages of Earswick, Upper Poppleton, Nether Poppleton, Copmanthorpe, Bishopthorpe, Dunnington, Stockton on the Forest, Rufforth, Askham Bryan and Askham Richard, among other villages and hamlets. The district had a population of 202,800 in the 2021 Census[8][9] The City of York is administered by the City of York Council based in The Guildhall.[10]


York's first citizen and civic head is the Lord Mayor, who is the chairperson of the City of York Council. The appointment is made by the city council each year in May, at the same time as appointing the Sheriff, the city's other civic head. The offices of lord mayor and sheriff are purely ceremonial. The Lord Mayor carries out civic and ceremonial duties in addition to chairing full council meetings.[11] The incumbent lord mayor since 23 May 2024 is Councillor Margaret Wells, the sheriff is Fiona Fitzpatrick.[12]

As a result of the 2023 City of York Council election, the Labour Party gained a majority of the seats on the council, receiving 24 seats. The Liberal Democrats have 19 councillors, while the Conservative Party had 3 councillors with one Independent councillor. The Green Party lost all 3 of the seats it held before this election.[13] Claire Douglas was sworn in as the new leader of the Labour administration on 25 May 2023.[14]

Party Seats City of York Council (2023 election)
Labour 24                                                  
Liberal Democrats 19                                        
Conservative 3        
Independent 1    

Civil parishes

The district contains the unparished area of York and 31 civil parishes:[15]


York is divided into 21 electoral wards: Acomb, Bishopthorpe, Clifton, Copmanthorpe, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington, Guildhall, Haxby and Wigginton, Heworth, Heworth Without, Holgate, Hull Road, Huntington and New Earswick, Micklegate, Osbaldwick and Derwent, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without, Rural West York, Strensall, Westfield, and Wheldrake.[16]


The district was formed on 1 April 1996 from the previous non-metropolitan district of York and the parishes of Hessay, Nether Poppleton, Rufforth and Upper Poppleton from Harrogate district, the parishes of Clifton Without, Earswick, Haxby, Heworth Without, Holtby, Huntington, Murton, New Earswick, Osbaldwick, Rawcliffe, Skelton, Stockton-on-the-Forest, Strensall, Towthorpe and Wigginton from Ryedale district, and the parishes of Acaster Malbis, Askham Bryan, Askham Richard, Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Deighton, Dunnington, Elvington, Fulford, Heslington, Kexby, Naburn and Wheldrake from Selby district. The previous district was in the non-metropolitan county (administrative county) of North Yorkshire and the new district became a separate non-metropolitan county, while remaining part of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire.[17] The previous district itself had been reconstituted in 1974 from the county borough with the same boundaries.[18]


York is within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire and, until 1974, was within the jurisdiction of the Lord Lieutenant of the County of York, West Riding and the County of The City of York. The city retains the right to appoint its own Sheriff. The holder of the Royal dukedom of York has no responsibilities, either ceremonially or administratively, as regards to the city.


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  3. ^ "The North Yorkshire (District of York) (Structural and Boundary Changes) Order 1995". UK Legislation. 7 March 1995. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Demonyms of the United Kingdom". n.d. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – York Local Authority (E06000014)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  6. ^ "Local Authority Districts (May 2023) Boundaries UK BFC". Retrieved 29 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Lieutenancies Act 1997". Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  8. ^ "How the population changed in York, Census 2021 - ONS". Retrieved 19 November 2022.
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  10. ^ "Guildhall". City of York Council. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  11. ^ "The Constitution – Part 1 Summary and explanation" (PDF). City of York Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  12. ^ Rogers, Rachel (21 May 2024). "Lord Mayor of York reveals her charities for the year". YorkMix. Retrieved 9 June 2024.
  13. ^ Services, Web. "Local election results May 2023". City of York Council. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  14. ^ "'Hard work ahead' - City of York Council reveals its new leadership team". York Press. 25 May 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  15. ^ "Children of City of York Council". Mapit. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  16. ^ "City of York Council – wards". City of York Council. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  17. ^ "The North Yorkshire (District of York) (Structural and Boundary Changes) Order 1995". Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  18. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972". Retrieved 17 July 2022.