- List of city nicknames in the United States
This partial list of city nicknames in the United States compiles the aliases,
sobriquets and slogans that cities are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to municipal governments, local people, outsiders or their tourismboards or chambers of commerce. City nicknames can help in establishing a civic identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote civic pride; and build community unity.Muench, David [http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cced/economies/communityindicators/communityslogans.pdf "Wisconsin Community Slogans: Their Use and Local Impacts"] , December 1993, accessed April 10, 2007.] Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth" are also believed to have economic value. Their economic value is difficult to measure, but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by " branding" themselves by adopting new slogans.Alfredo Andia, [http://www.monu.org/monu7/Branding.pdf Branding the Generic City :)] , MU.DOT magazine, September 10, 2007]
Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide currency.
Cities by state
**The City of Lights and Flowers (or City of Lights) [http://184.108.40.206/archives/archives-2006/featurevol15ed19.html Make me feel brand new] , "
Anchorage Press", May 17, 2006.]
**Air Crossroads of the World. [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4724/is_200604/ai_n17287751 Air Crossroads of the World] , "Ground Support", April 2006."Increased tourism has halted those perceptions and Anchorage is now known as the "City of Lights and Flowers", a bustling city with a formidable backdrop of glaciers and mountains."]
**Hanging Basket Capital of the World. [http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/alaska/anchorage.php Anchorage Alaska] , accessed
March 29, 2007. "Everyone seems to have some kind of nickname for Anchorage Alaska. Some call it the City of Lights and Flowers, because of the white lights of the city's many buildings, and the flowers that adorn the streets in the summer. Garden journalists refer to Anchorage Alaska as the Hanging Basket Capital of the World, whereas aviations fans call it the "Air Crossroads of the World," due to its location between the two northern continents. "]
**Clam Town. [ [http://www.usacitiesonline.com/akcountycordova.htm Cordova, Alaska profile] , accessed
March 29, 2007.]
**Razor Clam Capital.
*Fairbanks - The Golden Heart City. [ [http://www.kttc.com/News/index.php?ID=13513 Shakespeare Marathon] ,
KTTC, March 10, 2007. "Fairbanks, Alaska is a city known for its quirkiness, things like playing baseball at midnight and turning solid blocks of ice into works of art. But the "Golden Heart City" has another passion, one that may surprise you."]
*Haines - Eagle Capital of America. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/birds.html Claims to Fame - Birds] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Homer - Halibut Capital of the world. [ [http://www.alaska.com/places/cities/other_cities/story/4565654p-4699620c.html Homer, Alaska] , accessed
March 29, 2007. "Homer, Alaska, is considered the halibut capital of the world -- or so locals claim."]
*Juneau - Capital of Alaska
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*Kenai - The Village With a Past, the City With a Future. [ [http://www.ci.kenai.ak.us/ Kenai, Alaska website] , accessed
March 29, 2007.]
*Ketchikan - King Salmon Capital of the World. ["A Fleet of Ferry Ships to Offer Motorists a 'Marine' Highway to Skagway, Alaska; Enthusiasm Shown Summer Side Trip", "
The New York Times", March 8, 1963. "The Ferry Ships put in along The route at Ketchikan, 'The king salmon capital of The world'..."]
*Knik - Dog-mushing Center of the World. [ [http://www.alaskatravel.com/alaska/knik-fairview.html Knik - Fairview Alaska] , accessed
March 29, 2007. "Knik is a check-point for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and is called the 'Dog Mushing Center of the World.'"]
*Kodiak - King Crab Capital.
**First City of Alaska. [ [http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/features/photos/extras/2006/08/cruise/11.html A Prairie Home Companion at Sea: Alaska 2006] , accessed
March 29, 2007.]
**The Natural Place to Visit. [ [http://www.sitka.org/ Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau] , accessed
March 29, 2007.]
**Home of the Superstition Mountains. [ [http://www.ajcity.net/AJRideShare/AJRideShare_eligible.cfm Apache Junction Ride Choice] , accessed
march 30, 2007. "© 2004 City of Apache Junction, Arizona Home of the Superstition Mountains "]
**Gateway to Legends, Lakes, Leisure, and Lost Treasure. [ [http://www.maricopaworkforceconnection.com/careerseeker/Resources/government.asp Arizona Government Web Sites] , accessed
March 30, 2007. "City of Apache Junction, Arizona. Gateway to legends, lakes, leisure and lost treasures."]
*Ash Fork - Flagstone Capital of the United States.
*Chandler - High-Tech Oasis of the Silicon Desert
**City in the Pines. [http://www.flagstaff-arizona.us/ Flagstaff Arizona] , accessed
March 29, 2007. "Flagstaff is sometimes called "The City in the Pines" because the town sits in the middle of a Ponderosa Pine stand in the Coconino National Forest. The town is also called "The City of Seven Wonders" because of it proximity to the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument and the San Francisco Peaks."]
**City of Seven Wonders.
**Flag Town (
C. W. McCall). [ [http://www.cw-mccall.com/news/2002/20020121.shtml Song A' Th' Week] , "The Legend-News", January 21, 2002. "By golly, it's clean clear to Flag Town, c'mon. => On the highway between Rubber Duck's location and Flagstaff, Arizona ("Flagtown"), there are no reports of police activity."]
*Jerome - America’s Most Vertical City
*Kingman - Heart of Route 66. [ [http://www.kingmanchamber.org/ Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce] , accessed
March 29, 2007. "Kingman, Arizona: The Heart of Route 66 and gateway to the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon!"]
*Phoenix - The Valley, Phoenix Valley, Valley of the Sun (includes surrounding cities such as Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Glendale and Paradise Valley) [http://www.sc.maricopa.edu/ied/AboutAZ/ied_AboutAZ.html] [http://www.arizonahandbook.com/SC_AZ.htm] [http://www.come2az.com/azfun/]
*Prescott - The Mile-High City. [ [http://www.cityofprescott.net/business/ Quick Facts about Prescott] ,
Prescott, Arizona. Accessed May 17, 2007. "Called the “mile-high city” at an elevation of 5,400 feet"]
*Scottsdale - The West's Most Western Town. [ [http://www.usacitiesonline.com/azcountyscottsdale.htm Scottsdale Arizona profile] , accessed
March 30, 2007. "The first mayor was Malcolm White. He also coined the city slogan, 'The West's Most Western Town.'"]
*Sedona - Red Rock Country. [ [http://redrockcountry.org/ Red Rock Country] ]
*Sierra Vista - Hummingbird Capital of the United States.
*Tombstone - The Town Too Tough To Die. [ [http://www.cityoftombstone.com/ The City of Tombstone's Official Web Site] , accessed
March 29, 2007. "The Town too Tough to Die," Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona's old mining camps.] [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/braggadocio.html Claims to Fame - Braggadocio] , Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
**The Old Pueblo. [ [http://www.flightcontrolacademy.com/tucson.htm A Look at the "Old Pueblo"--Tucson] , accessed
March 30, 2007.]
**The Sunshine Factory. [http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/columnists/173980 My opinion Debbie Kornmiller : TV listings' headaches fixed today] , "
Arizona Daily Star", March 18, 2007. "The Sunshine Factory" won a Tucson nickname contest in the 1980s as a replacement for the "Old Pueblo." ]
*Alma - Spinach Capital of the World.Wanda McKinney, [http://www.southernliving.com/southern/features/southerners/article/0,28012,1044912,00.html Our Favorite Town Slogans] , "
Southern Living", April 2005]
*Berryville - Turkey Capital.
*Brinkley - Home of the
Ivory-billed Woodpecker. [ [http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0612/feature6/index.html The Ghost Bird] , " National Geographic", December 2006, "The billboards are still up along Interstate 40, inviting drivers to stop at Brinkley, the Home of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker."]
*Conway - The City of Colleges (The University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College) [ [http://www.cityofconway.org/ Official Site of the City of Conway, Arkansas] , accessed
April 1, 2007.]
*Dumas - Home of the Ding Dong Daddy [ [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=876 Dumas (Desha County)] , Encyclopedia of Arkansas. The nickname originated with the popular song "I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas."]
*El Dorado - Arkansas' Original Boomtown [http://www.boomtown.org/]
*Emerson - The Biggest Little Town in Arkansas
**Track Capital of the World
*Green Forest - Tomato Capital.
*Hope - Watermelon Capital of the World. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9F0CE6DC1430F931A2575AC0A965958260 The World Capital of Whatever] , "
The New York Times" by Harold Faber, September 12, 1993.]
*Hot Springs - Spa City. [ [http://www.hotsprings.org/ Hot Springs, Arkansas] , accessed
April 11, 2007. "You'll find the perfect combination of relaxing activities and kick-out-all-the-stops attractions in the Spa City."]
*Jasper - Elk Capital of Arkansas. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/animals.html Claims to Fame - Animals] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
**The City of Churches. [http://www.usacitiesonline.com/arcountyjonesboro.htm Jonesboro] , accessed
April 8, 2007.]
**The Crepe Myrtle City.
**The City of Roses. [ [http://www.cals.lib.ar.us/butlercenter/manuscripts/collection/mss98-13.html Little Rock City Beautiful Scrapbooks] , accessed
April 11, 2007. "The City Beautiful Commission came up with the idea of an official rose, in keeping with Little Rock’s traditional nickname, “City of Roses.” The Joe T. Robinson rose was chosen."]
**River City. [ [http://www.littlerock.com/media/history.asp A Brief History of Little Rock] , accessed
April 11, 2007. "Today, in downtown Little Rock, the old and new mix well together. Stately antebellum structures and ornate Victorian buildings neighbor gleaming new glass-facade skyscrapers stretching up into the river city's skyline with scenic, natural surroundings providing the backdrop."]
*Lowell - A Town with a Past, A City with a Future. [ [http://www.lowellarkansas.gov/index.php?section=10 The City of Lowell, Arkansas] , accessed
April 11, 2007. Motto is on upper right of page.]
*Malvern - Brick Capital of the World.
*Mount Ida - Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/rocks.html Claims to Fame - Rocks] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Mountain View - Folk Music Capital of the World. [ [http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/ Ozark Folk Center] , accessed
April 11, 2007. "Visit downtown Mountain View, Arkansas, the 'Folk Music Capital of the World.'"] [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/arts.html Claims to Fame - Arts] , Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Nashville - Peach Capital.
*Stuttgart - Rice and Duck Capital of the World. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/tv/columns/story?columnist=sutton_keith&page=g_col_Sutton_Stuttgart_AR_duck_capital Out There: The world's duck-hunting capital - Stuttgart, Ark., lies at the heart of the greatest mallard-hunting area] , "
ESPN", accessed April 11, 2007. "The rice fields encroach to the very edge of the city, and erected at the side of one is a small wooden sign that says you've reached the city limits. This is it: Stuttgart — The Rice and Duck Capital of the World."]
*Siloam Springs - City of fountains and parks and bridges
*Berlin - Geographic Center of CT [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/geography.html Claims to Fame - Agriculture] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 10, 2008.]
* Bethlehem - The Christmas Town [ [http://www.ci.bethlehem.ct.us/ Bethlehem, CT] official website]
*Bridgeport - The Park City
*Bristol - Clock CityBill Ryan, [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DEED61339F932A15752C0A960958260 What's in a Name? Old Industrial Fame] , "
The New York Times", January 21, 1996]
*Cheshire - Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut.
*Danbury - Hat City. [Perrefort, Dirk. [http://www.newstimes.com/ci_8874686 "Lawmakers honor Hat City, 4 veteran politicians"] , "
The News-Times", April 1, 2008. Accessed April 10, 2008. "Lawmakers tipped their hats to Danbury on Wednesday during the first Danbury Day at the Capitol. Legislators from throughout the state wore hats of every shape, size and color to honor the Hat City's history."]
*Derby - Connecticut's Smallest City [ [http://www.connquest.com/connecticut/directory/newhaven/towns/derby.html ConnQuest - Derby, Connecticut] , Connecticut Directory, accessed July 17, 2008]
*Hamden - Land of the Sleeping Giant [ [http://www.hamden.com/ Hamden, Connecticut - Town Official Website] ]
*Hartford - Insurance City [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/business.html Claims to Fame - Business] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Manchester - Silk City
*Meriden - Silver City
*Naugatuck - Rubber City
**Hard-hittin' New Britain [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=grant/070427&sportCat=ncf Glasper learns the hard lessons of football] . "
ESPN.com", June 7 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-14.]
*New Haven - The Elm City (reported in the 1880s as City of Elms)
*Norwich - The Rose City. [ [http://www.towngreens.com/exhibits/index.cgi/7/ Norwich: The Rose City] , Town Greens website, accessed February 19, 2008]
**Lock City (a reference to the now-defunct Yale & Towne lock factory).
**"The City that Works!" [ [http://www.cityofstamford.org/content/36/106/default.aspx The City of Stamford, CT - About Stamford] . Retrieved
*Waterbury - The Brass City [ [http://www.towngreens.com/exhibits/index.cgi/6/ Waterbury: The Brass City] , Town Greens website, accessed February 19, 2008]
*West Haven - Connecticut's Friendliest City [ [http://www.cityofwesthaven.com/ West Haven: Connecticut's Friendliest City] , City of West Haven Website, accessed June 11, 2008]
*Willimantic - Thread City
*Lewes - First Town in the First State. [ [http://www.ci.lewes.de.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=welcome.message Greetings from the Honorable James L. Ford III] , Lewes, Delaware. Accessed
April 10, 2008. "Founded in 1631 by Dutch seamen, Lewes is known as the 'First Town in the First State.'"]
*Rehoboth Beach - The Nation's Summer Capital. [ [http://www.sussexcountyonline.com/beaches/rehobothbeach.html Rehoboth Beach Delaware] , Sussex County Online. Accessed
April 10, 2008. "Long known as the 'Nation's Summer Capital' because of the number of Washingtonians who visit during the summer, Rehoboth Beach is Delaware's largest coastal town."]
*Seaford - The Nylon Capital of the World
**Chemical Capital of the World.
*Abbeville - Wild Hog Capital of Georgia.
*Ashburn - Peanut Capital of the World.
*Athens - The Classic City.
**The City to Busy to Hate
**The Big A
**The Big Peach
**City of Peace
**The Capital of Black America
*Blakely - Peanut Capital of the World.
*Canon - The Big Gun
*Claxton - Fruitcake Capital of the World.
*Colquitt - Mayhaw Capital of the World.
*Cordele - Watermelon Capital of the World.
*Dalton - Carpet Capital of the World. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,988693,00.html Greetings From America's Secret Capitals] , "
Time (magazine)", July 13, 1998.] [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/products.html Claims to Fame - Products] , Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Dawson - Spanish Peanut Capital of the World.
*Elberton - The Granite City.
*Ellijay - Georgia's Apple Capital.
*Fort Valley - Peach Capital of Georgia.
*Gainesville - Poultry Capital of the World.
*Griffin - Iris City. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/plants.html Claims to Fame - Plants] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Kennesaw - K-town, Home of Wild Man, Land of Ulrich.
*Lithonia - City of Granite.
* Metter - Everything's Better in Metter
*Nashville - City of Dogwoods.
*Newnan - City of Homes.
*Powder Springs - P-Town.
*Sandersville - Kaolin Capital of the World.
*Savannah - Turf Grass Capital of the World. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/index.html Claims to Fame - Favorites] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Sylvester--The Peanut Capital of the World
*Vidalia - Sweet Onion Capital of the World.
*Warwick - The
GritsCapital of Georgia or The Grits Capital of the World. [ [http://www.gritsfest.com/ National Grits Festival website] (accessed January 24, 2008). "On Feb. 12, 2002, Rep. Johnny Floyd of Cordele, Rep. Ray Holland of Ashburn led the Georgia House of Representativesto approve a resolution that made Warwick 'The Grits Capital of Georgia.' On March 19, 2003, Governor Sonny Perduerecognized Warwick as The Grits Capital of the World."]
*Waynesboro - Bird Dog Capital of the World.
*Honolulu - The Big Pineapple. [ [http://www.honoluluweekly.com/archives/coverstory%202003/09-10-03%20Arts/09-10-03%20Arts.html Honolulu Weekly, September 10, 2003] ] [Kathryn Drury Wagner, [http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/January-2006/Our-Town-Dog-Day-After-Noon/ Our Town: Dog Day, After Noon: A taste of New York comes to the Big Pineapple] , Honolulu Magazine, January 2006]
*Ashton - Seed Potato Capital.
*Blackfoot - Potato Capital of the World.
*Buhl - Trout Capitol.
*Pocatello - Poky [ [http://www.pocatelloshops.com/blogs/ian.php?id=3329 Idaho State Journal - Some advice for hiring Poky's next top cop] ]
*Wallace - Silver Capital of the World.
*Algonquin - The Gem of the Fox River Valley [ [http://www.algonquin.org Village of Algonquin] . Accessed
August 18, 2007.]
*Aurora - City of Lights [ [http://www.aurora-il.org/aboutourcity.asp Welcome To Aurora] , City of Aurora. Accessed
July 17, 2007. "Later, when the City was the first in the United States to use electric lights for publicly lighting the entire City, it achieved the nickname of “City of Lights”."]
*Batavia - The Windmill City. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/energy.html Claims to Fame - Energy] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Beardstown - Watermelon Capital.
*Bloomington - The Evergreen City [ [http://www.pantagraph.com/cityguide/sesqui/growth1.php Pantagraph.com | Sesqui! ] ]
*Bloomington-Normal together - The Twin Cities [ [http://www.pantagraph.com/cityguide/ Pantagraph.com | Twin City Guide ] ]
*Champaign-Urbana - Shampoo-Banana
*Chester - The Home of Popeye [ [http://www.chesterill.com/ City of Chester website] . Chester was the home town of
Elzie Segar, the creator of " Popeye", and some characters in his cartoons were based on people of Chester.]
**Chi-Town [Berman, John and Meewalla, Shani. [http://i.abcnews.com/Nightline/story?id=3024314&page=1 When A Tattoo Goes Wrong, A Trend Develops] .
ABC News, April 7 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-14.]
**City in a Garden (literal translation of city motto, "Urbs in horto" [ [http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/news.detail/object_id/92e74b0f-f44f-4a8c-94dc-7b565cc2cd20.cfm Chicago Park District website] ]
**The City of the Big Shoulders [http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/chinicknames.html Chicago Nicknames] .
Chicago Public Library. Retrieved 2008-02-14.]
**The City That Works (by Mayor Daley, for example [ [http://www.enjoyillinois.com/brochures/05MotorMap.pdf 030909-MotorcoachMap ] ] )
**The Second City
**The Windy City
*Collinsville - Horseradish Capital of the World.
*Crystal Lake - A Good Place to Live [ [http://www.crystallake.org City of Crystal Lake] . Accessed
August 18, 2007.]
*DeKalb - Barbed Wire Capital of the World.
*Griggsville - Purple Martin Capital of the World.
*Huntley - The Friendly Village With Country Charm [ [http://www.huntley.il.us Village of Huntley] . Accessed
August 18, 2007.]
**City of Champions [ [http://www.jackhammerbaseball.com/kidszone/champ/ Joliet JackHammers website] (accessed June 7, 2008)]
**City of Steel [http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/676.html Joliet, Illinois] , Encyclopedia of Chicago]
**City of Stone
*Kewanee - Hog Capital of the World ".
*Lombard - The Lilac Village. [ [http://www.nuhs.edu/show.asp?durki=283 Lombard Info] ,
National University of Health Sciences, accessed April 21, 2007. "Held each year during the first three weeks in May, regardless of the vagaries of the growing season, Lilac Time is Lombard’s celebration of a 70-year-old horticultural tradition that has led to the town’s designation as “The Lilac Village,”"]
*Marseilles - Best Little City By A Dam Site. [Louis Miglio, "A Geography Alumnus Fondly Remembers," [http://www.geo.ilstu.edu/downloads/newsletters/glacialdeposits_vol29.pdf Glacial Deposits, Volume 29, 2000-2001] , Illinois State University, pages 5-7]
*Mattoon - Bagel Capital of the World.
*Metropolis - The Home of Superman [ [http://www.ozarkvacation.com/illinois/?ar=73 Southern Illinois ] ]
*Moline - Plow Capital of the World.
*Morton - Pumpkin Capital of the World. [ [http://www.pumpkincapital.com/index.php?section=39 Morton Pumpkin Festival Information] , Morton Chamber of Commerce, accessed
April 21, 2007. "Morton is the "Pumpkin Capital of the World". Home of Nestle/Libby's pumpkin packing plant, 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed here."]
*Naperville - The Golden City [ [http://www.ainfos.ca/02/may/ainfos00430.html An Invitation To Party In Naperville] , A-Infos News Service, accessed
September 27, 2007. "Welcome to Naperville, Illinois, USA. Please have your credit card ready. This is the golden city of corporate globalization. A city of opulent automobiles and grande lattes, expensive clothes and overpriced restaurants. We have been voted the "best place in the country to raise children," and many CEO's and owners with companies and factories in Chicago choose Naperville as a place to store their wealth. Ours is truly a city without a care in the world."]
*Olney - Home of the white squirrels.
**Marigold Capital of the World.
*Peoria - Whiskeytown
*Quincy - Gem City [ [http://www.wgem.com/News/index.php?ID=11814 Another Gem City Landing?] , WGEM,
April 10, 2007, accessed April 21, 2007. " QUINCY - It was an event that attracted thousands of people from around the world to the Gem City and then it moved to a different location -- Rantoul."]
*Rockford - The Forest City [ [http://www.ci.rockford.il.us/about/index.cfm About Rockford] , City of Rockford, Illinois website (accessed June 7, 2008)]
*Springfield - Flower City
*Thomson - The Melon Capital of the World [ [http://www.thomsonil.com/ Thomson Chamber of Commerce] website (accessed June 8, 2008)]
*Wilmington - The Island City [ [http://www.wilmington-il.com/history/ The History of Wilmington, IL] , City of Wilmington website]
*Algona - The World’s Largest Chee-to
*Cedar Rapids - The City of Five Seasons [ [http://www.cedar-rapids.org/ City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa ] ]
*Des Moines - Hartford of the WestFact|date=June 2008
*Dyersville - Farm Toy Capital of the World
*Emmetsburg - Iowa's Irish Capital [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/ethnic.html Claims to Fame - Ethnic Groups] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
Fairfield, Iowa- Silicorn Valley [http://www.alltm.org/zarticles/Silicorn%20Valley.html]
*Fort Dodge - Mineral City
**Jewel of the Prairie [ [http://www.villageprofile.com/iowa/grinnell/01/topic.html Mayor's Letter, Grinnell, IA] Village Profile website (accessed June 2, 2008)]
**The Harvard of IowaFact|date=June 2008
*Keokuk - Gate City (reported in the 1880s)
*Le Mars - Ice Cream Capital of the World.
*Baxter Springs - First cowtown in Kansas. [ [http://www.baxterspringsmuseum.org/ Baxter Springs Museum] Retrieved
MiloCapital of the World
Prairie ChickenCapital of the World.
*Cawker City - Home of the World's Largest Ball of Twine
**Queen of the Cowtowns. [ [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/fordco/dodgecity.html Ford County Historical Society - Dodge City] ]
**The Wickedest Little City in America
*Garden City - Cutting Horse Capital.
*Girard - Printing Capital of the Nation.
*Haysville - Peach Capital of Kansas.
*Jennings - Czech Us Out.
** KCK [ [http://www.kckchamber.com/ Kansas City Chamber of Commerce] ]
** Heart of America [http://got.net/~landauer/lists/CityOf.html (cf., "Kansas City, Kansas : Heart of America")]
*Kirwin - Goose Capital.
*La Crosse -
Barbed WireCapital of the World .
*Lansing - City With a Future [ [http://www.leavenworthdirectory.com/lansing.cfm City of Lansing, Kansas - Community Profile] ]
*Lawrence - River City [ [http://www.ljworld.com/section/rivercitychronicles Lawrence-Journal World: River City Chronicles] ]
*Lenexa - Spinach Capital.
*Leoti - Pinto Bean Capital.
*Liberal - The Land of Oz
*Lindsborg - Little Sweden [ [http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es/ks/lindsbrg_1 Little Sweden: A Local Legacy] America's Story website,
The Library of Congress(accessed January 25, 2008)]
*Manhattan - The Little Apple. [ [http://www.manhattancvb.org/ Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau] ]
*Marysville - Black Squirrel Capital.
PheasantCapital of Kansas.
*Olathe - Cowboy Boot Capital. [http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/clothing.html Claims to Fame - Clothing] ,
Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.]
*Pittsburg - Fried Chicken Capital.
*Quinter - Half Mile High City.
*Russell Springs - Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.
**Smoky Hill River CityFact|date=September 2008
**Heart of KansasFact|date=September 2008
*Wellington - Wheat Capital of the World.
**Air Capital of the World.
**The Emerald City
*Wilson - Czech Capital of Kansas
*Windom - Covered Dish Capital of the World.
*Bardstown - Bourbon Capital of the World.
*Berea - Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky.
Bowling Green, Kentucky- Vette City
*Danville - City of Firsts [ [http://ci.danville.ky.us/ City of Danville, Ky - City of Firsts ] ]
*Lexington - Horse Capital of the World. [ [http://www.visitlex.com/ Visit Lexington, Kentucky] , accessed
April 7, 2007. "Visiting a horse farm while you're in the Horse Capital of the World is a uniquely Bluegrass kind of experience you'll long remember."]
**The Fall City (reported in the 1880s)
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*Owensboro - Barbecued Mutton Capital of the World.
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**America's Favorite Cityhttp://www.neworleanscvb.com/static/index.cfm/contentID/555/sectionID/1/subsectionID/0]
**America's International City
**America's Most Interesting City
**America’s Most European City
**America's European Masterpiece
**The Big Easy (as referenced in the film set there, "The Big Easy")
**Birthplace of Jazz
**City of Festivals
**City of Mystery
**City of the Chefs
**The Crescent City. [ [http://www.gatewayno.com/history/new_orleans.html New Orleans profile] , accessed
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**The City that Care Forgot [ [http://nutrias.org/facts/careforgot.htm New Orleans—"The City That Care Forgot" and Other Nicknames - A Preliminary Investigation] ]
**The Gateway to the Americas
**Mardi Gras City
**The Paris of Americas
**Paris of the South
**Queen City of the South
**The Queen of the Mississippi
**Super Bowl City
*Gonzales - Jambalaya Capital of the World.
*Gueydan - Duck Capital of America.
*Jennings - Cradle of Louisiana Oil.
*Lafayette - The Heart of Acadiana [ [http://www.lafayettetravel.com/culture/history/ Lafayette History] , accessed
September 27, 2007. "Lafayette, the heart of Acadiana and the unofficial capital of Cajun Country."]
*Lecompte - Pie Capital of Louisiana.
*Ponchatoula - Strawberry Capital of the World.
*Rayne - Frog Capital of the World.
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*Bath - The City of Ships. [ [http://www.bathpublicschools.com/bath/home.html Bath School Department] , accessed
April 7, 2007. "Known as, "The City of Ships", Bath lies on the shore of the Kennebec River and has been a major shipbuilding center for centuries."]
*Cherryfield - Blueberry Capital of the World.
*Farmington - Earmuff Capital of the World.
*Portland - Forest City (reported in 1894)
*Presque Isle - The Star City. [ [http://www.presqueisle.govoffice2.com/ City of Presque Isle Online] , accessed
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*Rockland - Lobster Capital of the World.
*Strong - Toothpick Capital of the World.
**America's Comeback City
**B-More [ [http://www.baltimorecollegetown.org/asp/activity_main.asp?categoryID=9 B-More Basics] . Retrieved
**Bodymore, Murderland [ [http://www.city-journal.org/html/11_1_can_mayor_omalley.html Can Mayor O’Malley Save Ailing Baltimore?] ]
**Charm City [Popik, Barry." [http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/summary9/ Charm City (summary)] ". The Big Apple. Nicknames of Other Places.
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**Crab Cake Capital of the World.
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**Monument City [cite web |url=http://www.citypaper.com/bob/story.asp?id=10574 |title=Best Monument |accessdate=2007-09-19 |date=
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**The City of Firsts [cite web |url=http://www.baltimorecity.gov/faq/firsts.php |title=Baltimore; The City of Firsts |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=City of Baltimore, Maryland ] [cite web |url=http://www.marylandhistoricaltrust.net/ha-balto.html |title=Baltimore City Heritage Area |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Maryland Historical Trust ]
**The City That Reads [cite web|url=http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/sub.cfm?issueID=31§ionID=4&articleID=287|title=WHAT MAKES BALTIMORE THE CITY THAT READS?|accessdate=2007-12-20|publisher=Baltimore Urbanite]
**The Greatest City in America [O'Mara, Richard. [http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0105/p20s01-lihc.html "Backstory: Baltimore - 'Home of 1,000 Slogans'"] .
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*Crisfield - Seafood Capital of the World
*Takoma Park - Azalea City
*Anoka - Halloween Capital of the World [ [http://www.ci.anoka.mn.us/ City of Anoka Web Site] ]
*Austin - Spamtown USA.
*Belding - Apple Capital.
*Bemidji - First City on the Mississippi.
*Big Lake - BL [http://www.westsherburnetribune.com/main.asp?SectionID=2 Retrieved
*Braham - Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota.
**The Zenith City. [http://www.eskie.net/superior/twinports/ Twin Ports: Duluth/Superior] , accessed
May 8, 2007. "Duluth, also known as the "Zenith City", is the larger of the two, and usually gets the most notoriety, but Superior, also referred to as "Soup Town"(because of common fog overhangs!) has a lot to offer residents as well as visitors."]
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*Elk River - Where City and Country Flow Together. [http://www.elkriverchamber.org/city.aspx]
*International Falls - The Icebox of the United States.
*Lake Benton - Windpower Capital.
LutefiskCapital of the World. [ [http://www.ci.madison.mn.us/ City of Madison, Minnesota - Welcome to the City of Madison, Minnesota ] ]
**City of Flour and Sawdust (reported in 1883)
**City of Lakes [ [http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ City of Minneapolis, Minnesota - Official Web Site ] ]
**Mill City [As per the city history book, "The Mill City"; or the [http://www.millcitymuseum.org/ Mill City Museum] ]
**The Mini Apple
**Murderapolis [ [http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/826rvcvn.asp Return to Murderapolis ] ]
** First City of the West
*Montgomery - Kolacky Capital of the World.
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May 8, 2007. "New Ulm, the City of "Charm and Tradition", is nestled just 90 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, in the heart of the scenic Minnesota River Valley."]
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May 8, 2007. "Since 1898, the region has supported one of the world's largest granite producers, Cold Spring Granite. Helping to give St. Cloud the surname "Granite City", this family-owned company employs about 900 people locally, including third and fourth generation craftspeople."]
*St. Louis Park - St. Jewish Park [as per former resident [http://www.alfrankenweb.com/bio.html Al Franken] ]
**Pigs Eye (the city's original name - see Pierre "Pig’s Eye" Parrant for details)
Hockeytown[ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/michael_farber/12/04/hockeytown1210/3.html SI.com - Writers - In Search of... Hockeytown U.S.A. (cont.) - Tuesday December 4, 2007 10:54AM ] ]
**Saintly City [ [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-138622370.html night out; NIGHTWATCH; Sinning in the Saintly City.(SCENE) - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) - HighBeam Research ] ]
Hockeytown[Fee, Kevin ( May 10, 1999) [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-54598019.html Detroit Snatches `Hockeytown' Name from Warroad, Minn.] "Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News" ]
*Worthington - Turkey Capital of the World.
* Artesia - Johnson Grass Capital of the World
*Belzoni - Catfish Capital of the World.
*Biloxi - The Playground of the South
*Greenwood - Cotton Capital of the World.
Gulfport, Mississippi- Root Beer Capital of the World.
*Hattiesburg - Hub City. [ [http://www.hattiesburgms.com/html/mayor.html Mayor's Message] ,
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, accessed April 22, 2007. "Hattiesburg's population first took off as a center of the lumber and railroad industries giving us our nickname “The Hub City.”"]
**Chimneyville [Lynch, Adam. [http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/comments.php?id=13171_0_4_0_C "Chump Change for Chimneyville"] , "
Jackson Free Press", April 4, 2007, accessed April 22, 2007.]
**City with Soul. [ [http://www.visitjackson.com/media-article.php?article_id=110 "Image Committee launches “City With Soul” campaign"] ,
Jackson, MississippiConvention & Visitors Bureau. Accessed April 10, 2008.]
*Port Gibson - The town too beautiful to burn [ [http://www.win.net/~kudzu/portgibs.html Port Gibson, Mississippi ] ]
**The Gibraltar of America. [ [http://www.nps.gov/archive/vick/vcweb/eduguide/chp_1/backgrnd.htm National Military Park Louisiana/Mississippi: Vicksburg] ,
National Park Service. Accessed June 13, 2007. "Jefferson Davis called Vicksburg "The Gibraltar of America." By the summer of 1862, Vicksburg was the nail holding the Confederacy together."]
**Red Carpet City of the South
*Branson - Missouri's Entertainment capital Fact|date=April 2008
*Brunswick - Home of the World's Largest Pecan
*Carthage - The Maple Leaf City. [ [http://www.visit-carthage.com/visitor/index.html Welcome to "America's Maple Leaf City"] , Carthage, Missouri Convention & Visitors Bureau. Accessed
June 13, 2007.]
*Hannibal - The Bluff City
**BBQ Capital of the World. [http://www.aci-na.org/asp/kansas_local.asp Kansas City Background Information] , 16th Annual ACI-NA Conference & Exhibition. Accessed
June 13, 2007. "Kansas City, Missouri is often abbreviated as "KCMO", or just "KC" (although this often refers to the entire metro area). It is officially nicknamed the City of Fountains, with over 200 installations, ranking second in the world and exceeded only by Rome. It is also nicknamed the Heart of America because it is within 250 miles (400 km) of both the geographic and population centers of the United States. Informal nicknames include Jazz Capital of the World, Cowtown, and the BBQ Capital of the World, while residents are known as Kansas Citians."]
**City of Fountains. [ [http://www.experiencekc.com/fountains.html City of Fountains] , Experience KC. Accessed
June 13, 2007. "It's Kansas City. And these are but a few of the hundreds of majestic fountains that make their home in this Midwestern treasure, known as the City of Fountains."]
**Jazz Capital of the World.
**K.C. (inspiring the nickname of
Casey Stengel, among others).
**Killa City [ [http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Killa+City "Killa City is a nick name given to Kansas City, Mo for having dangerous streets."] ]
**Paris of the Plains. [ [http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/23418/ "Kansas City Draws Upon Its Jazz Heritage at Paris Air Show"] , Kansas City infoZine.
June 11, 2007. "The Kansas City Aviation Department, Greater Kansas City Area Development Council, Platte County (Mo.) Economic Development Council and State of Missouri will join forces to host a "Paris of the Plains" booth inside the U.S.A. Pavilion at the Paris Air Show (Hall 3, Booth D13B), featuring the music of well-known jazz icons such as Kansas City natives Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, William "Count" Basie and Jay McShann."]
*King City - The windy cityFact|date=September 2008
*Kirkwood - The Green Tree City. [ [http://www.ci.kirkwood.mo.us/finance/CAFR2002LTR.pdf Comprehensive Annual Financial Report] , City of Kirkwood. Missouri,
September 27, 2002. Accessed June 13, 2007. "Known as “The Green Tree City,” the City is an attractive suburban residential community with tree- lined streets."]
*Lathrop - Mule Capital of the World [ [http://www.lathropinfo.com/ City Of Lathrop, Mo - Mule Capital Of The World] (official city website), accessed September 19, 2008]
*Marionville - Home of the White Squirrels.
*Moberly - Magic City. [ [http://www.moberlymo.org/ Welcome to Moberly, Missouri] , Moberly, MO - Official Website. Accessed
June 13, 2007. "Founded in 1866, Moberly’s explosive growth in 1873 earned it the title, “The Magic City.”"]
*Neosho - Flower Box City
**Gateway to the West
*Salem - Charcoal Capital of the World
*Sedalia - The Queen City of the Prairie. [ [