How to Write an Informative Speech About a City

Informative speeches help students practice speech and research skills.

An informative speech is one that is full of information on a given topic. The purpose of the speech is to inform the listeners, and an informative speech can be made on just about any topic. If you are writing an informative speech about a city, there are going to be many specific details you want to include so that your speech contains as much information as possible.

Write the name of the city, and then give a description of where it is located. This might include the county and state, the country, or even the geographical location such as “near the Arctic Circle” or “along the equator.”

Give a short description of the city's main specifics. This includes the size of the city in terms of miles or kilometers, the population of the city and any ways in which the city is important, such as a state capital, a city famous for a particular war or the smallest or largest city in a specific area.

Talk a little bit about the city's history. Some ideas might include when the city was founded, any historical events that took place in the city and whether the city was ever a part of another state or another country.

Discuss famous buildings or attractions that are found in the city. Depending on the size of the city, you might have one or two things to talk about, or there might be so many famous things that you'll have to choose a few that are very prominent. Give a short description, and tell a little bit about why the building or attraction is famous.

List several famous people who are from the city, or who resided there in the past or live there now. Depending on how much time you have left, you can talk about one or two, or even a few more.

Discuss any important events that take place in the city, such as yearly festivals or conferences, or that have taken place before, such as the Olympics or an important rally or event.

Missy Talbot started writing professionally in 2000. She has been published in "Grass Roots" magazine, "LifeTimes" magazine and on the websites TeacherWeb and The Teacher's Corner. Talbot holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in publishing. She is working on a Ph.D. in journalism.