List of city nicknames in Mississippi
This partial list of city nicknames in Mississippi compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities in Mississippi 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.
- 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.
- Hattiesburg - Hub City
- Long Beach - Radish Capital of the World
- Port Gibson - The town too beautiful to burn
- Senatobia - The Five Star City
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- The World Capital of Whatever, The New York Times by Harold Faber, September 12, 1993.
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- "The Hancock Story: A Legacy of Strength, Stability, Service, & Opportunity". Hancock Bank.
- Mozella G. Mitchell. New Africa in America: the blending of African and American religious and social traditions among Black people in Meridian, Mississippi, and surrounding counties. p. 27. ISBN 9780820424255.
- William Smith. Lauderdale County, Mississippi, four families, 1835-1936. p. 102.
- History of Oxford, Oxford, Mississippi website, accessed May 5, 2009
- Port Gibson, Mississippi
- City of Senatobia website
- 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."