Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio that serves as county seat of Hamilton County.
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish.
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Settled in 1788, the city is located on the north side of the confluence of the Licking with the Ohio River.
The Ohio River is a 981-mile long river in the midwestern United States that flows southwesterly from western Pennsylvania south of Lake Erie to its mouth on the Mississippi River at the southern tip of Illinois.
With a population of 298,800, Cincinnati is the third-largest city in Ohio and the 65th-largest city in the United States.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
Its metropolitan statistical area is the 28th-largest in the United States and the largest centered in Ohio.
In the United States, a metropolitan statistical area is a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area.
The city is also part of the larger Cincinnati–Middletown–Wilmington combined statistical area, which had a population of 2,172,191 in the 2010 census.
A combined statistical area is composed of adjacent metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas in the United States and Puerto Rico that can demonstrate economic or social linkage.
In the 19th century, Cincinnati was an American boomtown in the heart of the country; it rivaled the larger coastal cities in size and wealth.
A boomtown is a community that undergoes sudden and rapid population and economic growth, or that is started from scratch because of an influx of people.
Throughout much of the 19th century, it was listed among the top 10 U.S. cities by population, surpassed only by New Orleans and the older, established settlements of the Eastern Seaboard; at one point holding the position of America's sixth-largest city for a period spanning consecutive census reports from 1840 until 1860.
It was by far the largest city in the west.
Because it is the first major American city founded after the American Revolution as well as the first major inland city in the country, Cincinnati is sometimes thought of as the first purely "American" city.
The American Revolution was a political upheaval that took place between 1765 and 1783 during which colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America.
Cincinnati developed with less European immigration or influence than eastern cities attracted in the same period; however, it received a significant number of German immigrants, who founded many of the city's cultural institutions.
By the end of the 19th century, with the shift from steamboats to railroads drawing off freight shipping, trade patterns had altered and Cincinnati's growth slowed considerably.
The city was surpassed in population by other inland cities, particularly Chicago, which developed based on commodity exploitation and the railroads, and St. Louis, for decades after the Civil War the gateway to westward migration.
St. Louis is an independent city and major U.S. port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois.
Cincinnati is home to two major sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest franchise in Major League Baseball, and the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
The Cincinnati Reds are an American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is one of the 50 largest in the United States.
Cincinnati is known for its historic architecture.
In the late 1800s, Cincinnati was commonly referred to as "Paris of America", due mainly to such ambitious architectural projects as the Music Hall, Cincinnatian Hotel, and Shillito Department Store.