Manchester is the main city and metropolitan area in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 534,982 in 2018 (the fourth most populous district in England). It situated within the second-populated urban area of the United Kingdom with a population of 2.9 million and the third-populated metropolitan area with a population of 3.3 million. The city's local government is the City Council of Manchester. After London and Edinburgh, Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK. It is notable for its architecture, art, cultural exports, media links, performance from engineering and science, sports clubs, transport connections and social impact.
Manchester is regarded as a sports city. Two famous football clubs in the Premier League bear the name of the city – Manchester United and Manchester City. Manchester United plays their home games at Old Trafford, in Trafford's Manchester suburb, the UK's largest football club ground. Initially built as the main athletics stadium for the Commonwealth Games in 2002, the City of Manchester Stadium was reconfigured into a football stadium prior to the arrival of Manchester City.
Manchester City has three universities:
- The University of Manchester
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Royal Northern College of Music