Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. It is the second-largest city in Ireland. Belfast suffered greatly during the violence that accompanied the partition of Ireland, and especially during the more recent conflict known as the Troubles.
Belfast is rated Gamma + by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Belfast is ranked #179 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Belfast is rated D+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. D+ cities are strong regional hub cities. Belfast was ranked #998 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Belfast has a population of over 501,000 people. Belfast also forms part of the wider Belfast metropolitan area which has a population of over 672,522 people. Belfast is the #40 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 5.6378 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.