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This partial list of city nicknames in Massachusetts compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities and towns in Massachusettsmarker are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to municipal governments, local people, outsiders or their tourism boards 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. 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.

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.
  • Amesburymarker- Carriagetown.
  • Atholmarker - Tool Town.
  • Bostonmarker
    • Athens of America - Boston Brahmins' reference to the numerous cultural institutions which separated Boston from its counterparts. Also called the Modern Athens.
    • Beantown or Bean Town and variations 'The Bean', 'DA BEAN', BeanCity, B-town, etc.
    • The Hub (or the Hub of the Universe)
    • City of Notions
    • The Cradle of Liberty
    • Puritan City
  • Brocktonmarker - The City of Champions
  • Cambridgemarker - The People's Republic of Cambridge
  • Fall Rivermarker - Scholarship City.
  • Gardnermarker - Furniture Capital of New England.
  • Hadleymarker - Asparagus Capital of the World.
  • Holyokemarker - Paper City.
  • Lexingtonmarker - The Birthplace of American Liberty
  • Lowellmarker
    • City of Spindles
    • Manchester of America
  • Maynardmarker - Only in Maynard
  • Medfieldmarker - The Whitest Town On Earth.
  • Newburyportmarker - Clipper City.
  • North Adamsmarker
    • The Tunnel City
    • The Western Gateway
  • Northamptonmarker
    • Hamp
    • Noho
  • Orangemarker - The Friendly Town
  • Peabodymarker - Leather City.
  • Plymouthmarker
    • America's Hometown.
  • Provincetownmarker
    • The Key West of the Cape.
    • Like Nowhere Else
    • P-Town
  • Quincymarker
    • City of Presidents
    • Q-Town
  • Salemmarker
    • City of Peace
    • City of Witches.
    • The Witch City.
  • Somervillemarker - Slummerville
  • Springfieldmarker
    • Birthplace of Basketball.
  • Tauntonmarker
    • The Silver City.
    • The Christmas City.
    • City of Firsts.
  • Walthammarker - Watch City.
  • Westfieldmarker - The Whip City.
  • Williamstownmarker - The Village Beautiful
  • Winchestermarker
    • Toy Town
    • City of Kings
  • Worcestermarker
    • City of Seven Hills
    • Wormtown

See also


  1. Muench, David "Wisconsin Community Slogans: Their Use and Local Impacts", December 1993, accessed April 10, 2007.
  2. Alfredo Andia, Branding the Generic City :), MU.DOT magazine, September 10, 2007
  3. Claims to Fame - Products, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.
  4. Boston :: "The Athens of America" - Britannica Student Encyclopaedia
  5. Barry Popik, Smoky City, website, March 27, 2005
  6. U.S. City Monikers, Tagline Guru website, accessed January 5, 2008
  7. Why do they call Boston "Beantown"?, Ask Yahoo? website, September 5, 2001
  8. Why do they call Boston "Beantown"?, Boston-Online website
  9. Norman Dalager, What's in a nickname?, website, accessed June 18, 2008
  10. -- The Hub of the Universe, from Oliver Wendell Holmes' reference to the Massachusetts State House as the "hub of the solar system"
  11. Queen City, Time , January 30, 1928, accessed April 13, 1928.
  12. Cambridge Officials Put a Stop to Boy Scout Drive to Aid Troops in Iraq, Fox News, accessed April 4, 2008.
  13. Reynolds, Mark. "Mayor's plans for city include schools for gifted pupils", The Providence Journal, February 2, 2005. Accessed June 28, 2009. "Meanwhile, the graduation rate for students in Fall River -- the self-proclaimed 'Scholarship City' -- is 97 percent."
  14. Official Site of Gardner, MA, accessed October 28, 2008.
  15. The World Capital of Whatever, The New York Times by Harold Faber, September 12, 1993.
  16. Examples of the use of this name include the book title Lexington, the Birthplace of American Liberty: A Handbook by Fred Smith Piper (first published in 1902, formerly available from the Lexington Historical Society [1], and currently available through Google Books), the Lexington Visitor Center website, and the City of Lexington website (all websites accessed January 6, 2008).
  17. Ramblings, Wicked Local: Maynard, accessed September 20, 2009.
  18. Focus on Newburyport, Merrimack valley Info , accessed October 01, 2007. "Shipbuilding was one of the most important and profitable trades making Newburyport known as the 'Clipper City.'"
  19. [2] In reference to Plymouth as one of the earliest European colonies in North America. Also, the colony's governing document, Mayflower Compact established many of the political principles of government that would later inspire the US Constitution.
  20. "The slogan for Provincetown says it well, 'Like No Where Else'"[3] and "Some members felt that although a slogan ("Like nowhere else") has been chosen, there needs to be more community input and consensus"[4].
  21. Used in Rich Gay, Poor Gay by David Colman, The New York Times, September 4, 2005, and in the title of the book Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape By Peter Manso (2002; Simon and Schuster; ISBN 978-0743243117
  22. "QUITS POST IN DISPUTE ON SALEM'S BIRTH DATE; Author of City History Gives Up Place With the Essex Institute.", The New York Times, March 6, 1926, accessed April 23, 2007. "Sidney Perley, author of a history of Salem, resigned his position with the Essex Institute today because of a dispute as to the date of the city's founding. His action renewed a controversy which had raged since plans were set on foot to observe next July the tercentenary of the 'City of Witches.'"
  23. Matarazzo Jr., Bruno. "Historic buildings getting plundered for copper", The Salem News, April 23, 2007, accessed April 23, 2007. "SALEM - Think of a thief snatching a gold necklace from around a woman's neck as she walks down the street. Now think of the victim as a historic building, and you get an idea of one of the crime trends haunting the Witch City."
  24. Affordable towns near Boston for would-be home buyers, by David Valdes Greenwood. Boston Phoenix, accessed April 4, 2008.
  25. New England for Visitors,, accessed April 23, 2007. "Did you know that Springfield is the birthplace of basketball?"
  26. Lopes, Ashley. "Watching the history of Taunton", Taunton Daily Gazette, April 15, 2007, accessed April 23, 2007. "TAUNTON - Mayor Charles Crowley, producer of cable access program Olde Tyme Taunton, kept the history of the Silver City alive as he celebrated his 250th show Wednesday."
  27. A Message From The Mayor, Taunton, Massachusetts, accessed April 23, 2007. "Throughout our glorious history, our community has earned the reputation as the Christmas City as visitors converge on Taunton from all corners of New England to witness the annual lighting of historic Taunton Green."
  28. City of Taunton, Massachusetts, accessed April 23, 2007. "Taunton has three nicknames; 'City of Firsts'- 1st Woman Proprietor, 1st to raise the Liberty & Union Flag 1774, and 1st Silver Manufacturer 'The Silver City- Had three major Silver Manufacturing Plants-1 remaining Christmas City-For decades the community lit up the Taunton green at the annual "Lights On" ceremony."
  29. Siek, Stephanie V. Waltham: Room to grow at museum", Boston Globe, April 12, 2007, accessed April 23, 2007. "You can see it at the new home of the Waltham Museum, which finally has enough room for its many windows into the past lives of the Watch City."
  30. WESTFIELD, THE "WHIP CITY", accessed April 23, 2007.
  31. City of Worcester, Massachusetts
  32. Worcester, Mass - Origins of the Phrase Wormtown, website, accessed October 28, 2008

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