Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centres in South India. It is also the fifth-largest city and fourth-most populous urban centre in India.
Chennai sets itself apart on many levels. It was voted one of the safest Indian cities to live in and, in 2003, was ranked No. 1 nationally for its health facilities. It is the birth place of South Indian cinema and the main city in the south for post-production work. On the one hand, Chennai is the cultural capital of India, and on the other hand, it houses the largest IT Park in Asia.
Although the majority of residents in the city are native Tamilians and descendants of settlers from different parts of Tamil Nadu, Chennai also has a growing expatriate population, notably from the United States, Europe and East Asia.