California City Nicknames

Slogans Help Put California Cities on the Map

By C. MacDonald

My late friend, Bill Arballo, former Mayor of Del Mar, once told me of a slogan the city had, "Park your car in old Del Mar." That got me thinking about other fun slogans that were used officially or unofficially in other California cities.

Some of them had a nice poetic ring, like "Take pride in Oceanside;" "Eat a peach in Solana Beach;" "Tan your carcass in old San Marcos;" "Meet your sister in downtown Vista," and "It's neato in Escondido." I like stuff that rhymes.

But other Golden State cities became known for certain things: Castroville, "The artichoke center of the world;" Pacifica, "The fog capital of California," and Orange, "A slice of Old Town charm."

Santa Maria used to known as "The Center of the Best," and Torrance, "Halfway to everywhere." Bakersfield, "California's Country Capital," Santa Clarita, "Where the good life takes you," Chico, "Where everything grows," Greenfield, "Broccoli Capital of the World," and Bishop, "Mule Packers Capital of the world."

Does your city have a slogan? If not, why not create one. It's a fun thing to do that might just get your town its proper due!

Alameda - The Island City
Anaheim - The Heart of Orange County.
Antioch - Gateway to the Delta
Auburn - Endurance Capital of The World
Azusa - A to Z, USA
California's Country Music Capital
The People's Republic of Berkeley
Athens of the West
Bishop - Mule Packer Capital of the World
Buena Park - Center of the Southland
Campbell - The Orchard City
Carlsbad - Village by the sea
Castroville - Artichoke Center of the World
Chatsworth - San Pornando
City of Roses
City of Trees
Almond Capital of the World
Where Everything Grows
Clovis - Gateway to the Sierra
City of Eternal Sunshine
Gateway to the Salton Sea
Colma (founded as a necropolis in )
The City of the Silent
"The City That Waits for 'the City that Waits to Die' To Die" - because San Francisco, located on the San Andreas Fault, is sometimes called "The City That Waits To Die"
Motto: "It's good to be alive in Colma."
Compton - The Hub City
Corning - Olive City
Corona - The Circle City
Coronado, California - The Crown City
Culver City - Heart of Screenland
Dinuba, Fallbrook, and Selma have nicknames that celebrate the production of raisins.
Daly City
Gateway To The Peninsula
Little Manila
Davis - Bicycle Capital of the World
People's Republic of Davis
Del Mar, California -Where the turf meets the surf
Dinuba - Raisinland, USA
El Paso de Robles
The Pass of the Oaks
Fallbrook - Avocado Capital of the World
Raisin Capital of the World
City of Youth and Ambition
Forestville - Poison Oak Capital of the World
Garden Grove - Big Strawberry
Gilroy - Garlic Capital of the World
Glendale - The Jewel City
Glendora - The Pride of the Foothills
The Good Land
Greenfield - Broccoli Capital of the World
Gridley - Kiwi Fruit Capital of the World
Half Moon Bay - Pumpkin Capital
Hayward - Heart of the Bay
Hercules - The Dynamic City on the Bay
Hollywood - Tinseltown
Holtville - The Carrot Capital of the World
Huntington Beach - Surf City, USA
Indio - Date Capital of the World
Irvine - Center of Orange County - CA
Isleton - Asparagus Capital of the World
Linden - Cherry Capital of the World
Tokay Grape Capital of the World
Zinfandel Capital of the World
Lompoc - Flower Seed Capital of the World
Long Beach - The International City; The Aquatic Capital of America
Los Angeles City of Angels
Marysville - Gateway to the Gold Fields
McCloud - Blackberry Capital of the World
Merced - Gateway to Yosemite
Milpitas - Crossroads of Silicon Valley
Modesto - Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health
Monterey - The Cradle of History
Newport Beach - Newport; City of Villages
Norco - Horse Town USA
Norwalk - The Keystone City
Oakdale - Cowboy Capital of the World
Bright Side of the Bay
Detroit of the West (historical)
Oxnard - Strawberry Capital of the World
Lima Bean Capital of the World
Pacifica - Fog Capital of California
Palm Springs - Golf Capital of the World
City of Roses
Crown City
Pearsonville - Hubcap Capital of the World
Placerville - Old Hangtown
Reedley - The World's Fruit Basket
Redwood City
Climate Best By Government Test
Deadwood City
Richmond - City of Pride and Purpose
City of Arts and Innovation
City of Trees.
Almond Capital of the World
Big Tomato
Camellia City
City of Trees
River City
Salinas - Lettuce Capital of the World
San Carlos - City of Good Living
San Diego
America's Finest City
City in Motion
Silicon Beach
San Francisco - The City by the Bay
Fog City
San Jose - The Capital of Silicon Valley
San Luis Obispo - SLO (as in, Experience the SLO Life)
Sanger - Christmas Tree City
Santa Barbara - The American Riviera
Santa Catalina Island- The Island of Romance
Santa Cruz - Surf City, USA
Santa Monica
Home of the Homeless
People's Republic of Santa Monica
Soviet Monica
Santa Paula - Citrus Capital of the World
Selma - Raisin Capital of the World
Smith River - Lily Growing Capital of the World
Solvang - Danish capital of America.
South San Francisco - The Industrial City, South City
Stockton- Asparagus Capital of the World
Sunnyvale - The Heart of Silicon Valley
Tulelake - Horseradish Capital of the World
Visalia - Gateway to the Sequoias
Wasco - Rose Growing Capital of the World
Watsonville - Strawberry Capital of the World
Gateway to the Redwoods
Heart of Mendocino County
Solar Energy Capital of the World
Willow Creek - Bigfoot Capital of the World
Yorba Linda - Land of Gracious Living
Yuba City - Prune Capital


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