Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city's population is 615,070 (2016) and 1,817,870 in its metropolitan area. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands.
Glasgow has the largest economy in Scotland and is at the hub of the metropolitan area of West Central Scotland. Once dominant export orientated manufacturing industries such as shipbuilding and other heavy engineering have been gradually replaced in importance by more diversified forms of economic activity. Glasgow's economy has seen significant relative growth of tertiary sector industries such as financial and business services, communications, biosciences, creative industries, healthcare, higher education, retail and tourism.
The city's main manufacturing industries include companies involved in; shipbuilding, engineering, construction, brewing and distilling, printing and publishing, chemicals and textiles as well as newer growth sectors such as optoelectronics, software development and biotechnology. Glasgow forms the western part of the Silicon Glen high tech sector of Scotland.