The Snobbiest Small Towns in America
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Most towns at their borders have a sign : Entering Scottsdale or similar. Some go farther: Welcome to XYZ. Then there are others that ought to have a sign that shouts: Scram. Go Away.
These are America's snobbiest towns, where anybody who rolls up in something cheaper than a late model three-series Bimmer can expect to be accosted by local gendarmes before getting to the other side of town.
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Welcome to Snob City, where the like minded are embraced and those who fall short are bum's rushed to the border. Movoto, a real estate info portal, wanted to make knowing where to go, and where not to, easy. Thus its recently released America's Snobbiest Small Cities roundup.
The listing is metrics based. It's not about opinions - although the Movoto writer who put the list together, Laura Allan, was candid in a MainStreet interview that she is plenty opinionated and that starts with her confession: "I am a snob. These are places I would love to live."
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Nonetheless, she sighed: "Snob does have a negative connotation."
Either way, though, know the list starts with town size - a population between 45,000 and 65,000 is mandatory. Movoto then sorted by median home price (the higher, the snobbier); median household income (the higher, the snobbier); percent of population with a college degree (the higher, the snobbier); private schools per capita (more the merrier); performing arts (more the better); art galleries per capita; fast food restaurants (the fewer, the better).
You love In-N-Out, think public education is the bedrock of America, believe movies based on Marvel comics are high art, and aspire to live fulltime in a trailer, because it's cheap and functional? This list will serve as a great guide of towns to avoid.
The biggest surprise on the list, according to Allan? The sixth place finisher, Hoboken, the mile square city directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Call her snobbish but, sniffed Allan, "I just did not think of New Jersey as snobby."
Hoboken did place ninth in household income - comfortably over $100,000 - and it placed 7th in college graduates. A fast PATH train runs under the water to Greenwich Village, so just about every Hobokenite works in "the City," thus the education and the loot. Residents probably also sneer at New Jersey, to be honest.
Another outlier: Brookline, Mass., which finished #3. It's a town essentially engulfed by Boston and, unsurprisingly, it placed #3 in percentage of college grads. It also placed #3 in fast food restaurants, meaning there are close to none. It's where to live if you teach at MIT or Harvard and don't want to crash with the students in Cambridge.