Cincinnati is the state of Ohio’s third largest city and the largest metro region in the state. It lies on the north bank of the Ohio River in the southwest region of the state.
Known as the "Queen City" or "Queen of the West," Cincinnati is distinct amongst Mid-western cities. Its culture is a mixture of the Northeast, Old South, Midwest, and Appalachia blended with a strong German-Catholic heritage. It was one of the United States' early boomtowns, and the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine is the largest National Historic District in the country. Today, it's part of a fast-growing metro area, and home to a remarkable blend of industry and architecture. Downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by picturesque foothills that add a beautiful backdrop to the Queen City and its legendary skyline – celebrated in the opening credits of the late 1970s television hit WKRP in Cincinnati.
Formerly known as Losantiville, the city was renamed Cincinnati by the first governor of the Northwest Territory, Arthur St. Clair, in honor of George Washington at the end of the Revolutionary War. Roman consul Cincinnatus gave up the Emperorship of Rome to become a farmer after having been an immensely successful general, much like the way George Washington gave up the presidency after 2 terms.
The city's early economy was based on the pork industry. The Miami and Erie Canal was completed in the 1840s, and was used to transport hogs and butchered pork products to Cincinnati from much of western Ohio. This was celebrated in the summer of 2000 with the Big Pig Gig, during which large flying pig statues took up residence along the city's main thoroughfares. Many of these pig statues later found homes downtown in offices, parks and even private residences.