List of city nicknames in Connecticut

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Several Connecticut community nicknames celebrate a local history of manufacturing various products, such as these Connecticut-made clocks on display in the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol.

This partial list of city nicknames in Connecticut compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that Connecticut cities and towns 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.[1] Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth"[2] are also believed to have economic value.[1] Their economic value is difficult to measure,[1] but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by "branding" themselves with new slogans.[2]

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.

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  9. ^ Groton, Connecticut – Submarine Capital of the World, Roadside America, accessed July 4, 2011
  10. ^ Friedrich, Ed (July 10, 2008). "Bases battle over title of "submarine capital of the world."". ScrippsNews. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Hamden, Connecticut – Town Official Website
  12. ^ City of Hartford, Connecticut official website
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  14. ^ Madison: Connecticut's Front Porch, Madison Website
  15. ^ City to celebrate 100th anniversary of arboretum Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, Middletown Press, April 21, 2009. Quotes the chairman of the Urban Forestry Commission as saying ""Middletown was known as the Forest City before this even happened. It's been that way for a long, long time."
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  17. ^ Faber, Harold (1993-09-12). "The World Capital of Whatever". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  18. ^ Barry Popik, Smoky City, website, March 27, 2005
  19. ^ Norwich: The Rose City, Town Greens website, accessed February 19, 2008
  20. ^ Sharma Howard, Norwich's 350th: Roses of all ages share pride in city, Norwich Bulletin, July 3, 2009: Lists several theories of the names origin: (1) "the hills seen from Norwich harbor resemble unfurling rose petals", (2) "the loveliness of Norwich when the magnificent mansions of prosperous mill owners graced the streets," (3) "a speech delivered by 19th-century evangelist Henry Ward Beecher."
  21. ^ The City of Stamford, CT – About Stamford Archived 2012-07-22 at Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  22. ^ Waterbury: The Brass City, Town Greens website, accessed February 19, 2008
  23. ^ West Haven: Connecticut's Friendliest City, City of West Haven Website, accessed June 11, 2008