Quality of Life

Why York County - Home for You, for Your Business... For a Lifetime

Money Magazine named York County one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. One visit to this beautiful and thriving community and you will quickly understand why.

For over 375 years, York County has been a desirable place to visit, live, and work. York County is the chosen home for families and businesses because they get everything they are looking for in one place: affordable housing options, one of the top-rated public schools in Virginia, excellent recreational and social opportunities, low crime rates, a strong dedicated workforce, abundant green space, and much more.

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York's public schools provide a learning environment conducive to student success. The school division has achieved the highest accreditation rating in Virginia, based on the Standards of Learning exam results, for seven consecutive years and has received several other achievement awards. In fact, Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country as well.

Quality of Life

In York County, quality of life isn't just a catch phrase; it's our way of life and one of our most important business resources. York County is a fulfilling place to live and work, attracting families and employees, with services and opportunities that encourage personal and corporate growth.


A temperate climate and attractive, semi-rural environment make this an ideal place to call home. The county boasts over 200 miles of coastline with numerous access points throughout, providing the perfect backdrop for family adventure, whether it's fishing, boating, or beachcombing. Two piers along the Riverwalk Landing commercial development area are available for recreational boaters and also accommodate regional cruise ships, military ships and visiting tall ships throughout the year.


Located in Virginia's Historic Triangle with Jamestown and Williamsburg, York is home to major attractions including Great Wolf Lodge, Water Country USA, the Yorktown Victory Center, and the historic Yorktown Battlefields. Citizens enjoy hundreds of nearby attractions from Virginia Beach to Busch Gardens and everything in between.

Things to Do

Shopping, dining, and touring opportunities abound in the County; in the historic area as well as the rapidly growing Lightfoot Commercial Corridor, Route 199 Corridor, and the revitalized Route 17 Commercial Corridor. The low cost of living, combined with a plethora of dining and shopping opportunities and affordable housing options, truly make life in York County a pleasure.

One visit to our picturesque locality and you'll never want to leave! Find more information on York County attractions.