Frankfurt am Main (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁaŋkfʊɐ̯t am ˈmaɪ̯n]) is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2015 population of 731,095 within its administrative boundaries, and 2.3 million in its urban area. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, which has a population of 5.8 million and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after Rhine-Ruhr. Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's CBD, the Bankenviertel.
Frankfurt is an alpha world city and a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and traffic. Frankfurt Airport is among the world's busiest. Frankfurt is the major financial centre of the European continent, with the HQs of the European Central Bank, German Federal Bank, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, DZ Bank, KfW, several cloud and fintech startups and other institutes. Frankfurt's DE-CIX is the world's largest internet exchange point. Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest trade fairs. Major fairs include the Frankfurt Motor Show, the world's largest motor show, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest book fair.
Frankfurt is home to many cultural and educational institutions, including the Goethe University, the UAS and various graduate schools like the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, the Alte Oper, many museums (e.g., Städel, Senckenberg Natural Museum, Liebieghaus, Goethe House), the Schirn art venue at the old town, and two major botanical gardens: the Palmengarten and the University's Botanical Garden. In sports, the city is known as the home of the top tier football club Eintracht Frankfurt, the basketball club Frankfurt Skyliners and the venue of Ironman Germany. Frankfurt is culturally and ethnically diverse, with around half of the population, and a majority of young people, having an immigrant background. A quarter of the population are foreign nationals, including many expatriates.