Cincinnati, Ohio's heritage as the first American 'boomtown' and prominent inland city may account for the city's diverse contemporary culture. Cincinnati developed without the European influence that dominated the colonial east coast. Today, "The Queen of the West," offers everything from major league sports to a vibrant arts scene and colleges and universities. The city is also home both to the country's longest-running five-star Michelin restaurant and to the fourth largest Oktoberfest in the world.
The same breadth characterizes Cincinnati's colleges and universities. The University of Cincinnati is among the nation's top 25 public research institutions. The Art Academy and the Art Institute of Cincinnati bring art and design training to the region. Cincinnati Christian University is among several private, faith-based Cincinnati colleges and universities. And the public Cincinnati State Technical and Community College promotes workforce development.