North Yorkshire
Ripon, the only city in the district and its third-largest settlement.
Ripon, the only city in the district and its third-largest settlement.
Shown within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire
Shown within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Historic countyYorkshire
Unitary Authority1 April 2023
SeatNorthallerton
Government
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • Local AuthorityNorth Yorkshire Council
 • LeadershipLeader and cabinet[1]
Area
 • Total3,103 sq mi (8,037 km2)
 • Rank1st
Population
 (2021)
 • Total618,847
 • Rank3rd
 • Density200/sq mi (77/km2)
  • Rank292nd
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode
ISO 3166-2GB-NYK
ONS codeE06000065 (GSS)
WebsiteCouncil website
Boundaries of the seven defunct districts within North Yorkshire District

North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan county and unitary authority area (legally known as the County of North Yorkshire),[3] in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It covers seven former districts: Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Scarborough, Richmondshire, Ryedale and Selby.[4]

The non-metropolitan county has an area of 2,483 square miles (6,430 km2), and, with the City of York and the boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees (south of the River Tees), forms the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire.[5] It is governed by North Yorkshire Council.

County Hall, the district administrative centre in Northallerton

History

Former non-metropolitan districts[4]
# Local authority 2011 census
1 Harrogate 157,869[6]
2 Scarborough 108,793[7]
3 Hambleton 89,140[8]
4 Selby 83,449[9]
5 Craven 55,409[10]
6 Richmondshire 51,965[11]
7 Ryedale 51,751[12]

The non-metropolitan county became a unitary authority area on 1 April 2023, following the merger of the above boroughs and districts as part of the 2019–2023 structural changes to local government in England.

Governance

North Yorkshire Council has 90 councillors which elect a council leader, who in turn appoints up to nine councillors to form an executive cabinet. It replaces the former non-metropolitan county which had a cabinet-style council of 72 councillors.[13]

Geography

The area is the largest local authority area in England. Larger towns and settlements include Harrogate, Scarborough, Northallerton, Selby, Skipton, Richmond, Malton, Thirsk, Stokesley, Great Ayton, Norton-on-Derwent, Catterick Garrison, Pickering, Helmsley and Knaresborough while Ripon is the only city in the area.

Neighbouring council areas
Local authority In relation to North Yorkshire
County Durham North
Darlington North
Stockton-on-Tees North east
Middlesbrough North east
Redcar and Cleveland North east
East Riding of Yorkshire South east
City of York South east
City of Doncaster South
City of Wakefield South west
City of Leeds South west
City of Bradford South west
Pendle West
Ribble Valley West
City of Lancaster West
Westmorland and Furness North west

Education

See also: List of schools in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire LEA has a mostly comprehensive education system with 42 state schools secondary (not including sixth form colleges) and 12 independent schools.

References

  1. ^ "Committee membership". North Yorkshire Council. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  2. ^ "Chairs and vice-chairs of the council". North Yorkshire Council. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  3. ^ "The North Yorkshire (Structural Changes) Order 2022", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2022/328, retrieved 19 December 2023
  4. ^ a b "Transport map of shire county divided into districts". North Yorkshire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  5. ^ Calkin, Sarah (31 March 2023). "North Yorkshire: 'It's going to be very intense'". Local Government Chronicle (LGC). Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Harrogate Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Scarborough Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Hambleton Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Selby Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Craven Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Richmondshire Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Ryedale Local Authority". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ "North Yorkshire County Council Constitution". North Yorkshire County Council. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.