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German location
NameFrankfurt am Main
Admin. regionDarmstadt
BrgermeisterPetra Roth
Governing partyCDU
Basic statistics
Area (km2)248.31
Elevation (m)112
Pop. Urban2895000
Pop. Metro5600000
Founded1st century
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateF
Postal code60001-60599, 65901-65936
Area code069, 06109, 06101

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Frankfurt am Main (-deˈfʁaŋkfʊɐt am ˈmaɪn-De-Frankfurt_am_Main-pronunciation, commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2010 population of 688,249. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,295,000 in 2010. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region which has a population of 5,600,000 and is Germany's second largest metropolitan area.

In English, the city's name translates to "Frankfurt on the Main" (pronounced like English mine or German mein). Frankfurt is located on an ancient ford on the river Main, the German word for which is "Furt". As a part of early Franconia, the inhabitants were the early Franks, thus the city's name reveals its legacy as being the "ford of the Franks".

Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. It is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world's busiest international airports, Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe, and the Frankfurter Kreuz is one of the most heavily used Autobahn interchanges in Europe. Frankfurt lies in the former American Occupation Zone of Germany, and it was formerly the headquarters city of the U.S. Army in Germany.

Frankfurt is considered an alpha world city as listed by the Loughborough University group's 2010 inventory, was ranked 20th among global cities by Foreign Policys 2010 Global Cities Index and was ranked 6th among global cities for economic and social innovation by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index in 2010.

Frankfurt is an international centre for commerce, finance, culture, transport, education, and tourism. According to the Mercer cost of living survey, Frankfurt is Germany’s second most expensive city, and the 48th most expensive in the world. Frankfurt also ranks among the top 10 most livable cities in the world according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

Among English speakers, the city is commonly known simply as Frankfurt, though Germans occasionally call it by its full name when it is necessary to distinguish it from the other (significantly smaller) Frankfurt in the state of Brandenburg, Frankfurt (Oder). The older English spelling of
Frankfort is now rarely seen. The common acronym for the city is Ffm (or FFM).

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