Many places in the world are referred to by the inhabitants or outsiders as "The Center of the Universe". Usually this is meant tongue-in-cheek
but may also refer to some particular attribute of the place.
- Epping, New Hampshire, so-called by locals as the confluence of major roads
- Ashland, Virginia, local saying
- Barrett, Minnesota, an inside joke by the locals
- Castle Hill, New Zealand, called the "Spiritual Center of the Universe" by the Dalai Lama
- Fremont, Seattle, Washington, according to welcome signs leading to the neighborhood
- La Center, Kentucky, proclaimed so in 1908 by a local land developer
- Mount Pinos, a mountain in California revered by Chumash Indians
- Philo, Illinois, according to the town water tower
- Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, by the documentary Rabbit Hash, Center of the Universe
- San Dimas, California, according to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
- Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, according to a billboard placed at the city entrance, which says "Welcome to Stara Zagora - Center of the Universe."
- Toronto, Ontario, used by non-Torontonian Canadians
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, refers to a marked circle on the Boston Avenue pedestrian overpass. Persons standing in the circle experience an unusual audio phenomenon when they speak.
- Wallace, Idaho, On September 25, 2004, Mayor Ron Garitone proclaimed Wallace to be the center of the Universe. Specifically, a sewer access cover was declared to be the precise location of the center of the Universe. A specially made manhole cover was made to mark the spot. It bears the words "Center of the Universe. Wallace, Idaho."
- High Falls, New York, local nickname
- Vidette Lake, British Columbia, recognized as such by Tibetan Buddhist sect
Several places are referred as the "center of the universe" in various fictional stories: