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    Cyburbian drucee's avatar
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    Nicknames for metropolitan areas

    I'm looking to compile a list of distinctive nicknames for metropolitan/geographical regions. Most commonly, these will be the ones used by weather forecasters, car dealers, or newspaper headline writers.

    New York--Tri-State Area, New York area ("Hudson Valley" is a distinct subregional term)
    Los Angeles--the Southland, Southern California (sometimes includes San Diego), the LA Basin
    Chicago--Chicagoland (anyone who calls it "the Chicago area" or "the tri-state area" is obviously from out of town)
    Washington, DC/Baltimore--Nation's Capital/Chesapeake Bay (?)
    San Francisco--the Bay Area, Northern California (the latter is used for a wider area)
    Philadelphia--the Delaware Valley
    Boston--"New England" serves the entire region, but is often used to mean the area centering around Boston
    Dallas/Fort Worth--the Metroplex
    Detroit--Metro Detroit
    Miami--South Florida (extends through Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach)
    Seattle--Puget Sound
    Phoenix--the Valley of the Sun
    Minneapolis/St. Paul--the Twin Cities
    San Diego--Southern California (see Los Angeles). San Diego County delineates the metropolitan boundaries fairly well, so that is often used here.
    St. Louis--the Bi-State Area
    Denver--the Front Range (includes Boulder)
    Tampa--Tampa Bay
    Pittsburgh--I can think of "Western Pennsylvania," but there has got to be something involving the name "Allegheny."
    Portland--the Willamette Valley
    Orlando--Central Florida
    Virginia Beach--Hampton Roads
    Salt Lake City--the Wasatch Front
    Nashville--Middle Tennessee
    Raleigh/Durham--the Triangle
    Louisville--Kentuckiana
    Memphis--the Mid-South
    Hartford--Central Connecticut, Southern New England
    Buffalo--Western New York, the Niagara Frontier
    Rochester--Genesee Valley
    Fresno--San Joaquin Valley
    Albany--Capital Region/Capital District
    Tucson--Southern Arizona
    Allentown--Lehigh Valley
    Springfield (MA)--Pioneer Valley
    Syracuse--Central New York (may or may not include Utica)
    Knoxville--East Tennessee
    Spokane--Eastern Washington
    Monterey (CA)--Monterey Bay
    Palm Bay (FL)--Space Coast
    Daytona Beach--Treasure Coast
    South Bend--Michiana
    Charleston--Kanawha Valley
    San Luis Obispo--Central Coast
    Binghamton--Southern Tier (also Corning, Elmira, Jamestown)
    Richland/Pasco/Kennewick (WA)--Tri-Cities
    Burlington (VT)--Champlain Valley
    Haverhill (MA), Nashua (NH)--Merrimack Valley

    Canadian cities:
    Vancouver--the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
    Winnipeg--Red River Valley
    Toronto--the Golden Horseshoe
    Niagara Falls/St. Catharines--the Niagara Region
    Ottawa--Rideau Valley
    Kingston--Seaway/1000 Islands
    Montreal--Grand Montreal
    Quebec--Capitale-Nationale
    St. John's--Avalon Peninsula

    Any important ones I missed?

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    My fair city - The Tri-State -
    because we are where Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky come together.
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    Metro Detroit????

    How about Motown, the Motor City, Southeast Michigan is way more common than Metro Detroit, the D, the 313, City of the Straits.

    Chicago? How about the City with Broad Shoulders? the Windy City? the Second City? isn't there one called the City that Works?

    Philly? City of Brotherly love and PennPlanner!
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    Peoria:

    City nickname: P-town
    Metro: Heart of Illinois
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    I think the RI / Southeastern MA area uses the term "southern new england" more than CT does. The reason is that CT media mostly covers just CT, while RI media covers RI and SE MA so its a good catch-all term.

    Western MA is the Pioneer Valley.

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    Quote Originally posted by drucee
    Boston--"New England" serves the entire region, but is often used to mean the area centering around Boston
    That is simply not true. New England is clearly defined by all as the six states east of New York.

    Boston = The Hub, Beantown, The Bean, Red Sox Nation
    Lowell/Lawrence, MA = Merrimack Valley
    Philadelphia = Philly, Delaware Valley, Southeastern PA, Filthadelphia, Illadelph
    Wilmington, NC = The Port City, Cape Fear
    Charlotte = Queen City
    Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point = Piedmont Triad

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    Metro Detroit????

    How about Motown, the Motor City, Southeast Michigan is way more common than Metro Detroit, the D, the 313, City of the Straits.

    Chicago? How about the City with Broad Shoulders? the Windy City? the Second City? isn't there one called the City that Works?

    Philly? City of Brotherly love and PennPlanner!
    I think he's talking about nicknames for metros, not cities. Naperville may be "Chicagoland" but it sure as f*** isn't the "City of Broad Shoulders."
    Reality does not conform to your ideology.
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    New Orleans - The Big Easy (I hate this term, but it's a common nickname). As far as the metro area name goes, ask anyone who does not live in New Orleans proper where they are from and they'll claim the city in a heartbeat.
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    I believe for Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, Upper Ottawa Valley, Madawaska Valley, Gatineau Hills, the Pontiacs, and Ottawa-Hull area are used in and around Ottawa. I personally haven't heard Rideau Valley.

    For Toronto, the GTA (aka Greater Toronto Area) is used too. Oh, the 416 Region and the 905 Region are both also used; they're referring to the Metropolitan of Toronto and the suburbs around the Metropolitan of Toronto, respectively.

    For Kingston, ON, you may hear "Frontenac" peppered around like the Frontenac Highlands. I've heard Kingston and the Islands (alluding to the islands, such as Wolfe Island, Amherst Island, and Howe Island, which are all close to Kingston, unlike the Thousands Islands.)

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    New Orleans - The Big Easy (I hate this term, but it's a common nickname). As far as the metro area name goes, ask anyone who does not live in New Orleans proper where they are from and they'll claim the city in a heartbeat.
    What about NOLA?

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    aperville may be "Chicagoland" but it sure as f*** isn't the "City of Broad Shoulders."
    As a southern californian, Im always shcoked by how many golf courses some places i the great lakes area have. Seems like the weather would close it down half the year. Wish we could get rid of the ones here too though.

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    New Orleans - The Big Easy (I hate this term, but it's a common nickname). As far as the metro area name goes, ask anyone who does not live in New Orleans proper where they are from and they'll claim the city in a heartbeat.
    As a former Detroiter, I've always been disappointed that many people from the Detroit area never seem to claim it. I have often heard Detroit suburbanites say that they are from Southeast Michigan, and when pressed they will mention the suburb name. In fact, many will mention the suburb name as if it is an independent city miles from the city (i.e., "I'm from Troy, Michigan, just north of Detroit", or "I'm from a town called Livonia").

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    Utica, NY would be the Mohawk Valley.

    The area around Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY has always been the Capital Region or Capital District, but the "new" tagline is Tech Valley. I realize this is part of the branding effort rather than a nickname; however, a growing number of people in business and the media are adopting it.

    There's also the North Country for the Adirondack Mountain region, but you were requesting nicknames for metro areas, so I guess it doesn't count.

    I think of Pioneer Valley as the area around Springfield, MA, not all of western MA. The "far west" of MA is the Berkshires.

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    Erie has been known as The Gem City or The Flagship City

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    Atlanta: um...Atlanta? Metro Atlanta? The Metro Area? Hell? Nothing really jumps to mind.

    a little help here? anyone? am i missing something?

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    Quote Originally posted by drucee
    Pittsburgh--I can think of "Western Pennsylvania," but there has got to be something involving the name "Allegheny."
    'Fraid not. the weather people usually refer to the region as "Southwestern Pennsylvania." However you will hear the occasional "Metro Pittsburgh" from time to time, or even "Steeler Country" during football season. I imagine that "Allegheny" isn't used because it referres to only one of the ten counties in the region.

    Any important ones I missed?
    The Greenville/Spartenburg, SC metro area is usually just called "The Upstate" when speaking regionally

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    Quote Originally posted by drucee
    San Francisco--the Bay Area, Northern California (the latter is used for a wider area)
    FWIW, the natives refer to anything north of the Golden Gate Bridge as "Northern California."
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Davenport/Moline/Rock Island/Bettendorf - The Quad Cities
    Rockford/Janesville/Ogle County - Rock River Valley
    Peoria/Pekin/LaSalle/Ottawa - Illinois Valley
    Green Bay/Appleton/Oshkosh - The Fox Cities
    Fort Myers/Naples - Southwest Florida
    Cedar Rapids/Iowa City/Waterloo - Eastern Iowa
    Cincinnati/Dayton - Miami Valley
    Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland - Grand Valley
    El Paso - Sunland Valley
    Brownsville/McAllen/Harlingen - Lower Rio Grande
    Jacksonville/St. Augustine - First Coast
    Mobile - Mobile Bay Area
    Little Rock - Central Arkansas

    Some sub-regions:
    Aurora-Elgin-Crystal Lake - Fox Valley
    East St. Louis-Belleville-Alton - Metro East
    Oakland-Pleasanton-Hayward - East Bay
    San Bernardino-Riverside - Inland Empire
    Monmouth & Ocean Counties - Jersey Shore
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    There are about 20 metros in the US that call themselves "the tri-state." It's fairly common for cities to be located on or near state borders because both are commonly marked by rivers.

    The Jersey Shore isn't just Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is it? Wildwood is still a part of "the Shore."

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I think he's talking about nicknames for metros, not cities. Naperville may be "Chicagoland" but it sure as f*** isn't the "City of Broad Shoulders."

    Ya sure ya don't live in Southeast Michigan?? errr Detroit? You definitely got the right attitude that keeps this city divided.

    I'd like to add Toledo is for some reason Frogtown, I think its in reference to the ribbon farmers? Can anyone verify?
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba
    a little help here? anyone? am i missing something?
    ATL, man. After the airport, not the movie. Also, the "Black Mecca."

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    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    ATL, man. After the airport, not the movie. Also, the "Black Mecca."
    Naw, The ATL is just Atlanta proper, not the whole metro (I think - I could be wrong - there's an ugly rumor that it's happened before). "Black Mecca" is a good one - that does get some use.

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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba
    Naw, The ATL is just Atlanta proper, not the whole metro. "Black Mecca" is a good one - that does get some use.
    Outside of the Atlanta area, ATL is used to refer to the whole region.

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    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    Outside of the Atlanta area, ATL is used to refer to the whole region.
    Gotcha. I've been stuck in metro Atlanta for 17 years now - lost the outsider's view a long time ago...

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    El Paso: The Borderland. Never heard "Sunland Valley."

    Las Cruces: Mesilla Valley.

    Cleveland: Northeast Ohio (encompassing Akron and Canton), North Coast. Nicknames aren't really used.

    Toronto: GTA is the preferred term. "Golden Horseshoe" includes Hamilton, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls; it's the Canadian equivalent of "Boshwash" or "The Northeast Corridor."

    I wonder how many regions call themselves the "Tri-Cities" or "Tri-Counties" - it seems really common in the Midwest.

    Quote Originally posted by pete-rock
    As a former Detroiter, I've always been disappointed that many people from the Detroit area never seem to claim it. I have often heard Detroit suburbanites say that they are from Southeast Michigan, and when pressed they will mention the suburb name. In fact, many will mention the suburb name as if it is an independent city miles from the city (i.e., "I'm from Troy, Michigan, just north of Detroit", or "I'm from a town called Livonia").
    I noticed that too, and it struck me as odd.

    "Where are you from?"
    "Oh, Farmington Hills, Michigan."
    "Where's that?"
    "It's near Southfield."
    "Where's Southfield?"
    "Near De ... De ... Deeee ... Dearborn."

    Okay, not that bad, but I really have met people that say they're from "Oakland County." It's a really bad sign that people try to disassociate themselves from Detroit so much.

    Whenever I meet anyone from the Buffalo area, they always, ALWAYS say they're from "Buffalo," only naming the suburb when you ask were in the area they're from. Outside the region, I've noticed that people actually feel a bit uncomfortable admitting they're from Amherst or Clarence, and that's often qualified with "but I'm not rich."

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