York is a city in North Yorkshire, England. It is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. The city has a population of 153,717. York lies at the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss.
The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jórvík. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a commercial centre, as the market town of the agricultural county of Yorkshire.
York prospered in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, becoming an engineering centre. The railway station and railway network made York an important transport hub. The city was the terminus of the York and North Midland Railway, and the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway. The city was also served by the Great North of England Railway, and the York and Scarborough Railway.
The city is home to the University of York, which was founded in 1963. The university has more than 27,500 students, making it the largest in the city.
York is a popular tourist destination, with a number of tourist attractions, including the York Minster, the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Castle. The city is also home to the annual York Races.