List of city nicknames in Indiana
This partial list of city nicknames in Indiana compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities and towns in Indiana 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.
- Bedford - Stone City
- Bluffton - Asphalt City
- Churubusco - Turtle Town, U.S.A.
- Clay City - Mayberry of the Midwest 
- Columbus - Athens of the Prairie.
- Elwood - Gem City of the Gas Belt or Buckle of the Gas Belt
- Fort Wayne
- Huntington - Lime City
- Kokomo - City of Firsts.
- Lawrenceburg - Whiskey Town, U.S.A.
- Marion - Queen City or Queen City of the Gas Belt
- Richmond - Quaker City of the West
- Roselawn – Naked City.
- South Bend
- Speedway - Racing Capital of the World.
- Terre Haute
- Valparaiso - Vale of Paradise.
- Van Buren - Popcorn Capital of the World 
- Indiana's First City\
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- Catherine Traylor Gregory, Evansville, Indiana Business Magazine, Sunday, June 1, 1997. Nickname refers to city's location on "a horseshoe-shaped section of the Ohio River."
- Rich Davis, Words to live by; Pride extends from 'Best Town on Earth' to 'Hub of Universe', Evansville Courier & Press, January 27, 2008. "Evansville has long been 'Stoplight City' to truckers thanks to the dozen or so red lights on U.S. 41. ...And while it's true you'll find 'River City' atop Downtown Evansville's Main Street arches from the 1980s, it could just as easily proclaim Pocket City or Heavensville."
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- Amateur Sports Capital of the World, accessed April 21, 2007. "Indianapolis is certainly deserving of its designation as “Amateur Sports Capital of the World.”"
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- City of Indianapolis Economic Development Portal: Transportation, accessed April 21, 2007. "The abundance of rail lines caused Indianapolis to become known as the 'Railroad City'."
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- History of Grant County & Marion, Indiana, accessed April 2, 2007. "Marion fielded professional baseball and roller polo teams, had its opera houses, supported rival street car companies and came within two weeks of operating the first electric interurban line in Indiana. Marion, "Queen City of the Gas Belt," was as exciting as a Roman candle lit at both ends."
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- City of Peru, accessed April 2, 2007. "Being the "Circus Capital of the World", we celebrate our heritage each July with our own world class youth circus and parade."
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- Our Town – Speedway’s Vision Defined!, accessed April 2, 2007. "Speedway, Indiana is the true Racing Capital of the World."
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- History of Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN - 1880, accessed April 2, 2007. "Certainly no more beautiful location could have been chosen for the "Prairie City.""
- Vigo County Historical Society: History of Terre Haute, accessed April 2, 2007. "The city's dream of becoming the Pittsburgh of the West was not realized because of inferior ore and the development of Lake County's steel industry."
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- Warsaw: a growing "orthopedics capital of the world.", Indiana Business Magazine, January 1, 2006. "Five industries employing more than 5,500 have earned Warsaw, long dubbed "Lake City" because of its three lakes, a new moniker. Today, Warsaw is also known as the "Orthopedic Capital of the World." "