7 Nicknames For Nashville That We All Use And Love

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Nashville is a very eclectic city where you can find top-notch offerings of so many different kinds of art, food, music, and people. These are the things that make Nashville Nashville, and the city has picked up a few nicknames from these identities along the way. Everybody knows that Nashville is Music City, U.S.A., but there are so many more nicknames used by both locals and visitors alike.

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1. "Athens of the South"


With over 20 universities and colleges, Nashville has earned its nickname as the Athens of the South as a hub of education across the region. Plus, we have a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, so we're basically Athens.

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2. "The Protestant Vatican"


Nashville is home to multiple denomination headquarters as well as their publishing arms. It's also home to Thomas Nelson, the world's largest producer of Bibles, and the Gideon's International, the world's largest distributor of Bibles.

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3. "Smashville"


The Nashville Predators have dubbed their home city with the affectionate but menacing nickname of Smashville. The name even got national attention when the Predators went to the Stanley Cup in 2017.

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4. "Buckle of the Bible Belt"

Nashville is home to over 700 churches, making it the city with the most churches per capita in the entire nation. And with the South being named the Bible Belt, it's only fitting that Nashville is its buckle.

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5. "Nashvegas"


Nashville may not have the gambling of Las Vegas, but anyone that has walked down Broadway at 1 am on Saturday night knows that the lights and entertainment make it a miniaturized version of The Strip.

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6. "Cashville"

Cashville is a nickname that was made popular by Nashville rapper Young Buck's 2004 album "Straight Outta Cashville." The nickname is also on a few pawn and check cashing shops around town.

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7. "Music City, U.S.A."

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Last but not least, "Music City, U.S.A." was first coined in 1950 when WSM-AM announcer David Cobb said it in a broadcast. With so many iconic venues, artists, and record labels, it's clear why Nashville has earned this nickname.