Cincinnati wasn't incorporated as a city until 1819, but it was quicker to develop than many of its surrounding municipalities. It earned the nickname "the Queen City" largely because Cincinnati grew its economy and advanced its arts and culture scene while other cities in the area remained stagnant as the population began shifting westward. Cincinnati continued to thrive through the 1800s. Its location along the Ohio River made it an excellent stop for people looking for opportunities in the west and conveniently enabled the transportation of meat, produce, and other products to distant locations. Many people looking for jobs in farming, hospitality, and manufacturing flocked to the Queen City. Cincinnati had nearly 300,000 residents by 1890, which is pretty close to its current population of 303,940.
Residents still enjoy economic stability and the arts and culture scene in Cincinnati. Major corporations, such as Kroger, Proctor and Gamble, Fifth Third Bancorp, American Financial Group, Western and Southern Financial Group, Cintas, and Ohio National Mutual, are located in the Queen City. Over the years, Cincinnati has made the cut on many lists, including U.S. News and World Report's Top 100 Places to Live in 2017, Mashable's number one most social city in the world in 2012, and Travel and Leisure's seventh-best place to travel in the world in 2017. The city has 24 schools of higher learning and more than a dozen hospitals.