Northeast Ohio is an area of contrast. It is Ohio's most populous region boasting four cities with metropolitan areas over 400,000: Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, and Canton. Founded in the 1700's, the former colony of Connecticut was called the Western Reserve. Towns like Hudson, Peninsula, and Kirtland resemble their New England counterparts with town greens, Colonial and Cape Cod architecture, and even renowned schools. From the soaring skyscrapers of Cleveland, to the Rubber Capital of the World, Akron, to the awkwardly weird Mingo Junction, to the grit of Youngstown and the downright gorgeous Shaker Heights, Northeast Ohio varies in urban centers. Though Northeast Ohio is also known for Lake Erie, wine country, the Cuyahoga Valley and the largest Amish population in the country, its cities are a glorious testament to Ohio's rich urban heritage.