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Has there ever been a definitive location cited for Gotham City in the DC Universe United States? I remember hearing somewhere that it is close to New York (the DCU has a New York), but how close?

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I always thought Gotham City WAS New York. Metropolis was Kansas City, Chicago was Central City and San Francisco was Coast City. – OghmaOsiris Sep 21 '11 at 15:05
I too have assumed that Gotham was analogous to NYC, but New York City does exist in the DCU, and it's the setting of one of the New 52 books (can't remember which). – Brett White Sep 21 '11 at 15:15
Obviously, it's near Springfield, where the Simpsons are. – cjc Jun 7 '12 at 12:50
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From the Batman Wiki

Before Detective Comics #48, Batman's adventures were said to happen in New York City. Gotham is known to be architecturally modeled after New York City, but with exaggerated elements of the styles and derives its name from a sobriquet for that real world city, first popularized by the author Washington Irving in his satirical work Salmagundi (1807).

Because it is a work of fiction, it can be wherever it is convenient for the writers.

Maps shown in various comics have depicted the city in different places. Many of the maps directly use Manhattan, Vancouver, and other real coastlines as their basis, while others are completely original. One map showing Gotham City in relation to Metropolis, the home of Superman, published in New Adventures of Superboy #22 (October 1981), placed Gotham City and Metropolis on opposite sides of a large bay. In Swamp Thing vol. 2, #53 (October 1986) the geography of Rhode Island was the basis of another map of Gotham City. The current definitive maps of Gotham City are those based on the ones produced for the "No Man's Land" story arc.

Lots of references place Gotham City as being in New Jersey.This map gives the Gotham City and Metropolis positions from across a bay. Ref:

DC New England

This is somewhat consistent with this quote:

Gruenwald suggested that Gotham City is located somewhere in the state of New Jersey while Metropolis is located in close vicinity to Washington, D.C.

There are several other comics which place Gotham City in New Jersey, with references to proxity to the Jersey Shore and Hudson County. Based on the "No Man's Land" I believe it is now generally accepted that the city is located south of New York City in the state of New Jersey, situated on the coast.

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I don't agree with where Metropolis is, lol. In Smallville, Metropolis was about 3-4 hours north of Smallville which is in Kansas. – OghmaOsiris Sep 21 '11 at 16:14
Yes, never would I have believed that Metropolis was so close. However, the question is specifically about Gotham City. – Jack B Nimble Sep 21 '11 at 16:17
One of my pet peeves about the TV show "Smallville" was how close they made Metropolis and Smallville, but that was purely a device for the show, outside the standard canon. – Andrew Lewis Sep 21 '11 at 21:51
@OghmaOsiris most often, every different media adaptation for the DC comic books are in their own canon continuity. Which has already generated lots of confusing situations when continuities cross over themselves. Superhero comic books: confusing people since 1938. – Wilerson Sep 23 '11 at 2:55
As MovieBob would say, "COMICS. ARE. WEEEEEIRD." – OghmaOsiris Sep 23 '11 at 3:31

Gotham's location, so far as I know, has never been resolved even to the degree of 'what state is it in'.

The city seems to have been based, in part, on Chicago. It has many different train tracks, docks which lead (eventually) to the ocean, and a vast criminal organization. It is likely located at a similar geographic location.

By the standards of the DC Universe, Chicago and New York are virtually right next door - even relatively low-powered heroes can make trips of that distance with little or no difficulty (unless the plot calls for it).

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In South Jersey, in Gotham County, based geographically on the Bristol Township. Sources: (scroll down to geography)

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I think Gotham is somewhere near Liverpool, NY because in the set of issues Batman:The Return of Bruce Wayne, he is sent back in time by Darkseid and in one of them, one of his ancestors talks about Gotham near Liverpool. Look up Liverpool, NY on google maps and you'll see it's next to a body of water where in the end of The Dark Knight Rises he brings the bomb and drops it in the bay. Although, I may be wrong because in the movie, Bane blew up bridges on all sides of Gotham meaning it was an island.

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We know that Gotham is in New England(presence of 1600s-era English settlers most recently seen in "Return of Bruce Wayne), and it is on the coast(seen all the time). Other than that, it's location is deliberately ambiguous.

There was a DC Roleplaying game that published a map. Check it out over on iFanboy.

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I think that Gotham is located close to the Appalachian Mountains, next to a big river close to Concord.

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Which Concord? There are several in the eastern US. – Niall C. Oct 16 '12 at 0:30

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