puritan city

List of city nicknames in Massachusetts

This partial list of city nicknames in Massachusetts compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities and towns in Massachusetts are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to locals, outsiders or their tourism boards. 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. They are also believed to have economic value, but that economic value is difficult to measure.

Some of the nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here are those that have been used for such a long time or have gained so wide a currency that they have become well-known in their own right.

  • Athol - Tool Town.
  • Boston
    • 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
  • Brockton - The City of Champions
  • Gardner - Furniture Capital of New England.
  • Hadley - Asparagus Capital of the World.
  • Holyoke - Paper City.
  • Lexington - The Birthplace of American Liberty
  • Lowell
    • City of Spindles
    • Manchester of America
  • Newburyport - Clipper City.
  • North Adams - The Tunnel City
  • Peabody - Leather City.
  • Provincetown
    • The Key West of the Cape.
    • Like Nowhere Else
    • P-Town
  • Quincy
    • City of Presidents
    • Q-Town
  • Salem
    • City of Peace
    • City of Witches.
    • The Witch City.
  • Springfield
    • Birthplace of Basketball.
  • Taunton
    • The Silver City.
    • The Christmas City.
    • City of Firsts.
  • Waltham - Watch City.
  • Westfield - The Whip City.
  • Winchester
  • Worcester
    • City of Seven Hills
    • Wormtown

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