City factsheet


How is the York economy performing, and what are the key policy issues facing the city?

York map

This factsheet compares York to the five most similar European cities in size and industrial structure. These are: Irakleio (Greece) San Cristóbal de la Laguna (Spain) Pátra (Greece) A Coruña (Spain) Santander (Spain)

Comparing cities in this way helps us to understand more about how well UK cities are competing on an international scale because it groups cities with similar industrial structures, rather than on their resulting economic performance. The factsheet also compares the relative strengths and weaknesses of York to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.

City group characteristics

York is a small city and has a large private services sector.


Industrial structure


  • Manufacturing, mining and utilities 2011
  • Business services 2011
  • Public services 2011
  • Other private services 2011
  • Other sectors 2011

Industrial Structure chart

Overall economic performance

York is a strong performer in its group with the highest number of patents and the highest employment rate. It also does particularly well against the group on high skills, and has a much lower proportion of low skilled people.

Note: For more about this data please see the indicator index.

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