Utrecht is the fourth-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands, capital and most populous city of the province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation, in the very centre of mainland Netherlands. Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures, several dating as far back as the High Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, as well as several other institutions of higher education. Due to its central position within the country, it is an important transport hub for both rail and road transport and has the busiest train station in the Netherlands, Utrecht Centraal. It has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands. Lonely Planet included Utrecht in its top 10 of the world's unsung places.
Production industry constitutes a small part of the economy of Utrecht. The economy of Utrecht depends for a large part on the several large institutions located in the city. It is the centre of the Dutch railroad network and the location of the head office of Nederlandse Spoorwegen. ProRail is headquartered in De Inktpot (The Inkwell) – the largest brick building in the Netherlands. Rabobank, a large bank, has its headquarters in Utrecht.
Utrecht is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Utrecht was ranked #617 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Utrecht has a population of over 357,676 people. Utrecht also forms part of the wider Utrecht metropolitan area which has a population of over 552,000 people. Utrecht is the #239 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.1744 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.