Highly regarded for its metropolitan culture and rich architectural history, the 105 sq mile city was also praised for its thriving tech scene, boasting the fastest internet speeds in Britain.
Jobs, green spaces, transport links, schools and community spirit all factor into the newspaper’s decision-making process for the list, which is supported by statistical data and compiled by an expert panel.
“Choosing the right location to put down roots is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make,” said Helen Davies, editor of The Sunday Times’ Home section.
“Which is why we’re here to help – and what ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’ is all about.
“We’re championing York this year in honour of its bold approach to bringing the historic city into the 21st century without losing any character or community spirit.”
In addition to its trendy food scene – which boasts a mix of fine-dining European restaurants and quirky Polish brunch spots – York also happens to be Britain’s first “gigabit city” with the fastest broadband speeds in the UK, making it one of the nation’s most well-connected hubs.
It’s also home to some of the nation’s leading financial firms and gaming companies and will see a community office space named Spark:York open later this year.
London’s best place to live was awarded to Bermondsey for its artisanal culinary offerings, while Frome took the accolade for the southwest thanks to its independent spirit and excellent transport links.
Meanwhile, Berkhamsted was praised for its eco-friendly attributes and Tynemouth was named regional winner in the north of England due to its seaside charm