Hamm is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the north-eastern part of the Ruhr area. The city is situated between the A1 motorway and A2 motorway. Hamm railway station is an important hub for rail transport and renowned for its distinctive station building. Major industrial branches are the coal-mining industry, steel industry, chemical industry and the car component supplier industry. The Bergwerk Ost in Herringen is an operating coal mine with about 3,000 employees. Mannesmann Hoesch Präzisrohr, Westfälische Draht Industrie (WDI) and Böhler Thyssen Welding are the major representatives of the steel industry, the chemical industry is represented by DuPont in Uentrop and the car supplier industry by Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. factory 4 in Bockum-Hövel with about 1000 employees. The energy industry is represented by a RWE coal power plant and a further power plant (Trianel) in Uentrop. A new coal power plant is currently under construction. Alongside the A2, in the southern part of the urban district, a new business park houses the growing logistics business.
Hamm is also known as "City of Law" (Stadt des Rechts) because of the greatest German regional appeal court (Oberlandesgericht), the local court (Amtsgericht), the industrial court (Arbeitgericht) and the industrial appeal court (Landesarbeitsgericht). The Chamber of Notaries and bar association of the regional appeal court Hamm and the courts are of greater influence on the appearance of the city. Several hospitals in the urban district are also important employers, for example the EVK Hamm has about 1000 employees.
The only daily newspaper of Hamm printed there, is the "Westfälischer Anzeiger". Two weekly newspapers appear in Hamm the "Stadtanzeiger" from the "Westfälischer Anzeiger" and the Sonntags-Rundblick. The local radio station is "Radio Lippewelle Hamm".
Hamm has a population of over 179,397 people. Hamm also forms part of the wider Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area which has a population of over 12,190,000 people. Hamm is the #427 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 1.2722 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.