Sabadell is a city in Catalonia, Spain. It is in the south of the comarca of Vallès Occidental and its joint capital, on the River Ripoll, 20 km (12 mi) north of Barcelona. Sabadell pioneered the Industrial Revolution in Catalonia with its textile mills, together with its archrival Terrassa. Thus, in the mid 19th century, it became the most important wool city in Spain, being nicknamed the "Catalan Manchester". Today many mills from that period can still be seen, with most of them having been refurbished as residential buildings or other services. Nowadays Sabadell is basically a commercial and industrial city; there are no significant agricultural activities.
Sabadell is an important communications point. Two motorways run beside the city: the C-58 (from Barcelona to Manresa) and the AP-7 (from France and Girona to Tarragona, Valencia, and Andalusia), and some roads link Sabadell with nearby cities and towns: Barcelona, Terrassa, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Sant Quirze del Vallès, Barberà del Vallès, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Castellar del Vallès, Sant Llorenç Savall, Granollers, Rubí, Sentmenat, and Molins de Rei.
A railroad line crosses the city (the Rodalies Barcelona line from Barcelona to Lleida) and another one terminates in the city (the FGC line from Barcelona to Sabadell via Sant Cugat del Vallès).
Covilhã is a member city of Eurotowns network. Eurotowns is a network of medium-sized European cities with a population between 50,000 and 250,000 inhabitants. Its members include Avilés, Böblingen, Detmold, Eskilstuna, Gävle, Girona, Haarlem, Halmstad, Hasselt, Jyväskylä, Manresa, Reggio Emilia, Roeselare, Sabadell, Schiedam, Sindelfingen, Solingen, Ulm, and Varberg.
Sabadell has a population of over 207,900 people. Sabadell also forms part of the wider Barcelona metropolitan area which has a population of over 5,575,204 people. Sabadell is the #423 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 1.3662 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.