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The Local Area Guide to living in Haxby

Haxby, a small town within the boundary of the City of York, sits on the banks of the River Foss. It's conveniently located just five miles to the north of York, making it popular with commuters, while retaining its own historic town centre and distinct charm. Haxby has a particularly rural atmosphere, with open farmland to the north and the York Outer Ring Road to the south.

Haxby's centre was designated a conservation area by the local authority in 1976, and as a result, there's a fascinating blend of well-preserved architecture ranging from stately Victorian homes to 18th century shopfronts and churches. There are a number of leisure facilities available for residents, with an estimated 50 clubs and associations, including football, netball, drama, and arts and crafts. The Ethel Ward playing field features an extensive selection of children's playground equipment while four other green play areas are available throughout this attractive town.

Information about the local residents

At the time of the 2001 census, Haxby had a population of 8,754. Many of the town's residents commute to nearby York, but Haxby is not considered a typical dormitory suburb partially due to the large percentage of senior citizens who live there. In the past couple of decades, there have been a number of retirement complexes which have been constructed in Haxby, adding to this percentage. Yet the senior citizen demographic is balanced out at the other end by a high number of young families, and there is also a high percentage of children under the age of 16 who call Haxby home. The balanced mix of commuting professionals, senior citizens, and young people that help keep Haxby a thriving community at any age.

Nearby Schools

Popular with families, Haxby is home to two primary schools. Headlands Primary School is located in Oak Tree Lane while Ralph Butterfield School is located in Station Road. According to the Department of Education, 82% of students at Headlands achieved Level 4 or above in reading, writing, and maths last year, while 91% of students at Ralph Butterfield earned this same distinction. Haxby is also located within the catchment area for Joseph Rowntree Secondary School. In 2014, 61% of all students at Joseph Rowntree earned five GCSEs grade A* to C.

Getting Around

Getting into York and around the surrounding region is quite simple, as Haxby enjoys a variety of road and public transport links. Bus services run to and from York throughout the day from Haxby, operated by First York. Passengers can choose from the 1 or 12 lines to access York City Centre. The 1 or Blue line terminates just outside of the York Railway Station, where passengers can access First Rail links to further destinations throughout the UK. Transdev York also operates an hourly bus service, terminating at the Monks Cross Shopping Centre. Haxby is also easily accessed by motorway, situated just off of the A1237 or outer ring road around York.

Local Shops

Haxby boasts a picturesque city centre, with a historic conservation area, ensuring that this small town retains many of its original buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Within this historic framework, there is a wide variety of modern shops and service providers, including estate agents, solicitors, banks, and high street retailers. This helps make shopping in Haxby a pleasant experience, and there's an abundance of takeaways, restaurants, cafes, and public houses to choose from along with a working men's club within this central conservation area.

Shoppers can choose from independent gift and greeting card shops as well as more well-known high street names including Sainsbury's and Next. Monks Cross Shopping Park is a mere 10-minute drive away from Haxby's town centre, featuring brands from Topshop to Debenhams, while York's designer boutiques and quirky antique shops are within easy reach.

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