These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Idaho


We used science and data to determine which places in ID probably think they’re better than you.

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When it comes to being a snob, you’ve got all types. You’ve got your wine snobs, beer snobs, and food snobs. There are book snobs, movie snobs, and theatre (yes, with an re) snobs. These days, you’ve probably even got snob snobs—people who think their type of snob is better than yours.

Up in the Mountain West, you might not think of folks as ‘snobby’ as those in the northeast. But, they’re out there, for sure. Especially in certain areas of Idaho, where you can call these folks snooty or even just plain loaded if you will.

In fact, in these 10 places, it’s downright snobby:

  1. Eagle
  2. Star
  3. Hailey (Photos)
  4. Hayden
  5. Meridian (Photos)
  6. Ammon (Photos)
  7. Moscow (Photos)
  8. Boise
  9. Kuna (Photos)
  10. Sandpoint

Now we’re not so full of ourselves as to just come up with this list from nowhere. We actually analyzed 36 places in the state. And we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with these cities.

Actually, if we had their wealth and lifestyle, we’d probably be a little snobby, too.

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How we determined the snobbiest places in Idaho

You think we’d just come up with this list willy nilly? Not a chance.

What we did is, we gathered up all of the places in Idaho with populations of 5,000 people or more. This left us with a total of 36 places. Then, we looked at each place in terms of these snoot-er-iffic criteria: (And no, it’s not a word. English snob.)

  • Median home price (Higher is snobbier)
  • Median household income (Higher is snobbier)
  • Percent of population with a college degree (Higher is snobbier)
  • Private schools per capita (Higher is snobbier)
  • Theaters per capita (Higher is snobbier)
  • Art galleries per capita (Higher is snobbier)

From there, we ranked each of our 36 places in each category with scores from one to 36. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in Idaho. So let’s all flip a table in honor of Eagle (with our pinkies up, of course.)

Now before you get upset, let’s remember that this is all in good fun. Would we live in one of these 10 places if we had the chance? Of course we would!

Now, let’s put on our monocles and take a look at what make these places so snobby; for a more complete list, just hop down to the end of the post.

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1. Eagle

Source: wikipedia

Population: 20,292
Median household income: $80,333
Median home price: $310,000
College degrees: 35%

2. Star

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,745
Median household income: $63,640
Median home price: $176,000
College degrees: 18%

3. Hailey

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,905
Median household income: $57,349
Median home price: $300,000
College degrees: 24%

4. Hayden

Source: wikipedia

Population: 13,234
Median household income: $51,293
Median home price: $192,293
College degrees: 16%

5. Meridian

Source: wikipedia

Population: 75,933
Median household income: $64,893
Median home price: $194,283
College degrees: 24%

6. Ammon

Source: wikipedia

Population: 14,202
Median household income: $56,389
Median home price: $168,000
College degrees: 22%

7. Moscow

Source: wikipedia

Population: 23,393
Median household income: $30,903
Median home price: $204,292
College degrees: 30%

8. Boise

Source: Public Domain

Population: 208,003
Median household income: $50,032
Median home price: $189,933
College degrees: 24%

9. Kuna

Source: wikipedia

Population: 15,292
Median household income: $52,293
Median home price: $134,293
College degrees: 17%

10. Sandpoint

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,400
Median household income: $39,203
Median home price: $200,293
College degrees: 14%

Summing Up The Humble Pie

Sure, we might have poked a little harmless fun at these 10 snobby places in Idaho, but hey, it’s only because we’re jealous. High incomes, expensive homes, and excellent educations? That sounds pretty charming to us. Who wouldn’t want that!

If you’re interested, here are the least snobby places in Idaho: Payette, Buhl, Jerome, Rupert and Weiser.

Desktop users, there’s a chart below with all snobby cities in Idaho ranked from first to last.

City Home Prices Rank
eagle $310,600 1
star $176,700 2
hailey $299,000 3
hayden $192,100 4
meridian $194,800 5
ammon $168,300 6
moscow $204,300 7
boise $188,000 8
kuna $134,900 9
sandpoint $197,000 10
garden city $175,800 11
lewiston $168,900 12
idaho falls $147,800 13
rexburg $170,800 14
post falls $178,100 14
twin falls $144,300 16
blackfoot $121,000 17
coeur d’alene $186,600 18
preston $142,800 19
chubbuck $160,600 20
pocatello $132,700 21
rathdrum $155,100 22
burley $111,200 23
mountain home $134,100 24
nampa $124,100 24
american falls $132,100 26
fruitland $129,900 26
shelley $110,700 26
Middleton $119,500 26
emmett $122,700 30
caldwell $106,600 31
weiser $96,600 32
rupert $93,300 33
jerome $100,400 34
buhl $89,200 35
payette $117,000 36

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