EEskişehir is the 25th most populous city in Turkey. According to TURKSTAT data from 2018, the population of the province is 812,320, and the total surface area of its 14 districts is 13,960 km2. Eskişehir is located in mid-western Anatolia. Going from east to west, cities that are close to Eskişehir include Kütahya, Bilecik, Bolu, Ankara, Konya and Afyonkarahisar. Located in the northwest of the Central Anatolia Region along the shore of the Porsuk River, the city is a major college town, hosting both Osmangazi and Anadolu Universities, and offers a high-quality urban lifestyle. Eskişehir has been a gateway to western Anatolia throughout its history thanks to its geographical location. A crossroad for both railways and highways, Eskişehir has become an important center of economy, industry and trade, with a strong agricultural and industrial base and rich natural resources, including boron, ceramics, meerschaum, magnesite and chrome. Industrial development has been the most important aspect of Eskişehir’s dynamic economic scene in recent years. Factors such as the high growth rate of its urban population compared to its rural population, the availability of a qualified workforce, its proximity to markets, the availability of energy and raw materials, and significant investment in infrastructure have all led to the gradual development of industry in the region.