God's Country

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God's Country and God's Own Country are terms that have been used to describe various countries and regions around the world, usually areas that are sparsely populated, with wide expanses of nature.

God's Country and God's Own Country may also refer to:


  • The expression's first known use is in "The History of England" written in 1718 by Laurence Echard and apparently referring to the Holy Land during the Crusades.
  • A later use was to describe the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland by Edward du Bois, writing under the pseudonym "A Knight Errant" in 1807
  • The Palouse in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho locally known as "Gods Country"
  • New Zealand, strongly associated with the nickname "God's Own Country"
  • Yorkshire, a county in England often nicknamed "God's Own County"
  • Scotland, called God's Country by people born in Scotland or have ancestry to Scotland, but not by others
  • The Adelaide Hills region of South Australia.
  • The Culver City region of California.
  • Kerala, a state in India also associated with the nickname "God's Own Country"
  • Bowling Green, Ohio, home of Bowling Green State University and often referred to as "God's Country"
  • College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University and also referred to as "Aggieland"
  • Iowa, a state in the United States of America also known as "God's Country"
  • Minster, Ohio, a town referred to by locals and tourists alike as "God's Country"
  • Sutherland Shire, region in southern Sydney. Also known as "The Shire"
  • North Carolina, locally known as "God's Country"[citation needed]
  • North East of England, from the south of the region County Durham "land of the prince bishops" to the north of the region Northumberland,
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma, locally known as "God's Country"
  • Wisconsin, a state in the United States of America, commonly referred to as "God's Country", with many businesses throughout the state using some form of the nickname.
  • Otter Tail County, Minnesota, a county in rural Minnesota containing over 1,000 lakes, commonly referred to locally as "God's Country".
  • Potter County, Pennsylvania, a rural county in Pennsylvania which contains Cherry Springs, state park the darkest night sky (containing no light pollution) east of the Missisipi river.



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