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The local area guide to living in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a ceremonial English county, famous for its beautiful landscapes across the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. It is the largest ceremonial county in the country, and very nearly half of its land is national parkland.

North Yorkshire is divided into some distinct local districts. Craven and Richmondshire between them are home to the majority of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, while Harrogate is also devoted to the Pennines to some extent and is the most heavily populated district.

Hambleton, which contains the county town Northallerton, is famous for its pretty, stereotypical Yorkshire market towns. It is a very popular district for tourists to stay in while they explore the rest of the county. The North York Moors run largely through Ryedale and nearby Scarborough, the coastal district, which includes its namesake town, Scarborough, as well as Whitby.

North Yorkshire's predominant industries are agriculture, mining and power generation, although the economy also gets a heavy boost from its successful tourist industry. All this helps keep the area's unemployment rate below the national average, which is unusual for a northern county since the decline of industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

Information about the local residents

As of the last census more than 600,000 people live in North Yorkshire. Of these, 158,000 live in Harrogate, 108,000 in Scarborough, nearly 90,000 in Hambleton, 83,500 in Selby, and the final 55,500 in Craven.

Just over a fifth of North Yorkshire's population is over the age of 65, while just 17% are aged 15 or younger. The county is ethnically overwhelmingly White British (94%).

Nearby schools

North Yorkshire is an attractive place to live for families and this is only helped by its excellent schools. The majority of primary schools in the county are rated 'good' by Ofsted, with a sizeable number on top of this are rated 'outstanding'. Stand-out examples include Leeming RAF Community Primary School in Northallerton, and Hutton Rudby Primary School. Within the eastern part of the North York Moors can be found some other high-performers: Glaisdale Primary School and the Castleton Community Primary School are both very well-thought-of.

There are also some very good secondary schools in North Yorkshire, again with several rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Foremost of these are the Ryedale School and Ripon Grammar School.

There are several schools, especially in Harrogate, which have converted to academies and continue to perform well - including Harrogate Grammar School and Rossett School.

North Yorkshire has fewer colleges, but those that are there tend to perform well. The Yorkshire Coast College of Further and Higher Education, Craven College and Scarborough Sixth Form College are all examples.

Getting around

Through North Yorkshire runs the A1(M), the main connecting road between the north and south. It links residents with London and Edinburgh.

Other artery roads include the A66(M) and the M62; North Yorkshire motorists are very well connected considering it is such a rural county. It also has good bus routes within and between the larger settlements.

The county also has a large rail network. The East Coast Main Line is a significant connector, linking Northallerton and Thirsk with London in the south and Newcastle in the north.

Off that line are other routes between York, Scarborough, Eaglescliffe and more. The Yorkshire Coast Line, running from Hull to Scarborough, is another important line.

Local shops

The major shopping destinations for the region are York and Leeds to the south, because it has few modern shopping options of its own. However, in the Yorkshire Dales there is the Darley Mill - a 3 storey shopping centre with plenty of fashionable outlets.

The area is much better known for its markets, independent craft stores, farm shops and the like. For these, there are countless examples through almost every town and large village. Foremost of these is Bedale, home of Wensleydale cheese and known for its cobbled streets and independent shops.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.