The City of Glasgow is situated in west central Scotland on the River Clyde. Although not the capital, it is the most populous city, and principal commercial and industrial centre of Scotland. It is also a major tourist destination, possessing some of the finest architecture in Britain and hosting a variety of cultural events and attractions. The city occupies both banks of the Clyde about 32 km (20 mi) east of the river's mouth on the Firth of Clyde. It covers an area of some 180 sq km (70 sq mi), at the centre of the historical region of Strathclyde.
Glasgow is the largest Scottish city with a population of almost 600,000 in 2013 and growing although this is still some way below it's peak population in 1939 of 1,129,000. The Greater Glasgow area encompasses a much broader area and is home to around 1.2 million people.
More than 48,000 full-time and part-time students attend the city's three universities. The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is the second oldest in Scotland and also one of the city's major attractions. The University of Strathclyde originated as Anderson's Institution in 1796, becoming the Royal College of Science and Technology in 1956, and a university in 1964. Glasgow Caledonian University was incorporated in 1993. Many more students are enrolled at further education colleges and specialist colleges, including the internationally renowned Glasgow School of Art, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.