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Hesse
Hesse
Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate
Bavaria
Bavaria
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LARGEST CITIES Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
Darmstadt
Darmstadt
Mainz
Mainz
Offenbach Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden

GOVERNMENT

• TYPE Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Conurbation Planning Association

• VERBANDSDIREKTOR Heiko Kasseckert (CDU )

AREA

• METRO 14,800 km2 (5,700 sq mi)

POPULATION

• METRO 5,821,523

• METRO DENSITY 391.89/km2 (1,015.0/sq mi)

TIME ZONE CET ( UTC+1
UTC+1
)

GRP 2012

NOMINAL €172/ $222 billion (6th in EU )

WEBSITE Planungsverband.de

The FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN METROPOLITAN REGION, often simply referred to as FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN, FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN AREA or RHINE-MAIN AREA (German: Frankfurt/Rhein-Main. abbreviated FRM) is the third largest metropolitan region in Germany
Germany
(after Ruhr
Ruhr
and Berlin
Berlin
), with a total population exceeding 5.8 million. The metropolitan region is located in the central western part of Germany, and stretches over parts of three federal states: Hesse
Hesse
, Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate
and Bavaria
Bavaria
, as well as the cities of Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
, Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
, Offenbach , Mainz
Mainz
, Darmstadt
Darmstadt
and Aschaffenburg .

The polycentric region is named after its core city Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main and the two rivers Rhine
Rhine
and Main . The Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Rhine-Main area is officially designated as a European Metropolitan region by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs and covers an area of roughly 13,000 square kilometers (5,000 sq mi).

CONTENTS

* 1 Subdivisions

* 1.1 Metropolitan region and larger urban zones

* 2 Cities and districts * 3 Traffic * 4 Education * 5 See also * 6 Gallery * 7 References * 8 External links

SUBDIVISIONS

Rhine-Main is a polycentric metropolitan region, but the economic size and political weight of the city of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
sets it into a very monocentric relation with her commuter belt. Since the early 1970s the Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
metropolitan area (German: Ballungsraum Frankfurt/Rhein-Main) is defined as an area encompassing the cities of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
and Offenbach and their directly neighboring districts.

The Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt
Darmstadt
of the state of Hesse
Hesse
could be seen as the next administrative division, as it lies entirely within the metropolitan region and further includes the cities of Darmstadt
Darmstadt
and Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
and a number of larger districts. Only on a level further, the metropolitan region also includes the cities and districts of Mainz
Mainz
and Aschaffenburg in the two adjoining federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate
and Bavaria
Bavaria
.

METROPOLITAN REGION AND LARGER URBAN ZONES

Eurostat's Urban Audit splits the Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Rhine-Main region into four Larger Urban Zones (LUZ). These zones do exclude a number of districts in the metropolitan area.

HIERARCHY OF PLANNING BODIES MAJOR CITIES AREA POPULATION REFS

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main 248 km² 670,095 —

Offenbach am Main 45 km² 118,245 —

* Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
urban area

4,305 km² 2,517,561

Wiesbaden 204 km² 275,489 —

Darmstadt 122 km² 142,191 —

* Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt

7,445 km² 3,778,689 —

Mainz 98 km² 196,784 —

Aschaffenburg 63 km² 68,646' —

* Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Rhine-Main metropolitan region

14,800 km² 5,821,523 —

LARGER URBAN ZONE MAJOR CITIES AREA POPULATION REFS

* Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main

4,305 km² 2,517,561

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main 248 km² 670,095

Offenbach am Main 45 km² 118,245

* Wiesbaden

1,015 km² 459,633

Wiesbaden 204 km² 275,489

* Darmstadt

781 km² 430,993

Darmstadt 122 km² 142,191

* Mainz

704 km² 386,173

Mainz 98 km² 196,784

CITIES AND DISTRICTS

PICTURE CITY OR DISTRICT AREA POPULATION

Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
248 km² 670,095

Offenbach am Main 45 km² 118,245

Landkreis Offenbach 356 km² 337,986

Main-Kinzig-Kreis — —

Wetteraukreis
Wetteraukreis
122 km² 142,191

Hochtaunuskreis — —

Main-Taunus-Kreis
Main-Taunus-Kreis
122 km² 142,191

Darmstadt
Darmstadt
122 km² 142,191

Landkreis Darmstadt-Dieburg 659 km² 289,102

Landkreis Groß-Gerau 453 km² 253,502

Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
204 km² 275,489

Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis 98 km² 196,784

SUBTOTAL HESSE 7,445 KM² 3,778,689

Mainz
Mainz
98 km² 196,784

Mainz-Bingen 606 km² 201,451

— Worms 109 km² 81,784

Landkreis Alzey-Worms 588 km² 124,758

SUBTOTAL RHINELAND-PALATINATE 1405 KM² 604,777

Aschaffenburg 63 km² 68,646

— Landkreis Aschaffenburg 699 km² 173,946

Landkreis Miltenberg 716 km² 130,009

SUBTOTAL BAVARIA 1,478 KM² 372,601

TOTAL FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN METROPOLITAN REGION 14,800 KM² 5,800,000

TRAFFIC

The growth of the area is chiefly to be traced to the favorable communications, that promoted an early industrialization . Today however, the importance of industrial concerns has to a great extent been replaced by banking, trade and logistics. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
lies within the populous Blue Banana
Blue Banana
region of Europe, which here runs along the Rhine
Rhine
valley, and the city is also a stepping stone from and to various parts of Switzerland and Southern Germany
Germany
. The Rhine- Ruhr
Ruhr
is accessible via a one-hour trip on the Cologne– Frankfurt
Frankfurt
high-speed rail line , and the air route Frankfurt- Berlin
Berlin
is the busiest in German domestic air travel.

Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany
Germany
and one of the three busiest airports in Europe. Thereby, along with a strong railway connection, the area also serves as a major transportation hub.

EDUCATION

The Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan region is home to five universities and over 20 partly postgraduate colleges , with a total of over 200,000 students. The largest university is the Goethe University Frankfurt
Frankfurt
and the oldest is the University of Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), founded in 1477 AD. Other universities include:

* Darmstadt
Darmstadt
University of Technology * EBS University of Business and Law
EBS University of Business and Law
* Frankfurt
Frankfurt
School of Finance ">

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is the most important city of the Rhein-Main area *

Rheingau *

Old town of Mainz
Mainz
*

Castle of Johannisburg in Aschaffenburg *

German House of Goldsmiths in Hanau
Hanau
*

Rhenish Hesse
Hesse

REFERENCES

* ^ Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain. "Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain /". planungsverband.de. * ^ Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain. "Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain /". planungsverband.de. * ^ "City Profiles". * ^ " Frankfurt
Frankfurt
a.M. - Städtestatistik im Internet". staedtestatistik.de. * ^ "Umlichen_Ebenen_des_UrbanAudit" (PDF). * ^ "City Profiles". * ^ "Wiesbaden, LH - Städtestatistik im Internet". staedtestatistik.de. * ^ "Country Code". * ^ " Darmstadt
Darmstadt
- Städtestatistik im Internet". staedtestatistik.de. * ^ "Country Code". * ^ "Mainz, LH - Städtestatistik im Internet". staedtestatistik.de.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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