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 Rhode Island, you might not think of folks as ‘snobby’ as the other people in the northeast. But, they’re out there, for sure. Especially in certain areas of Rhode Island, where you can call these true northeasterners snooty – or even just plain loaded if you will, when compared to their Rhode Island peers.
In fact, in these 10 places, it’s downright snobby:
- Watch Hill
- New Shoreham
- East Greenwich
- Little Compton
- Newport (Photos)
Now we’re not so full of ourselves as to just come up with this list from nowhere. We actually analyzed every single place 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 Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island. This left us with a total of 59 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 59 places in each category with scores from one to 59. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in Rhode Island. So let’s all flip a table in honor of Watch Hill (with our pinkies up, of course.)
Now before you get upset and ruin your blowout or something drastic here, 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 your monocle 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.
1. Watch Hill
Median household income: $104,000
Median home price: $1,150,000
College degrees: 45%
2. New Shoreham
Median household income: $90,000
Median home price: $986,000
College degrees: 38%
3. East Greenwich
Median household income: $99,389
Median home price: $400,200
College degrees: 32%
Median household income: $85,293
Median home price: $466,293
College degrees: 29%
5. Little Compton
Median household income: $91,893
Median home price: $488,283
College degrees: 25%
Median household income: $78,293
Median home price: $617,000
College degrees: 33%
Median household income: $100,903
Median home price: $575,292
College degrees: 20%
Median household income: $99,034
Median home price: $333,933
College degrees: 23%
Median household income: $130,293
Median home price: $222,293
College degrees: 34%
Median household income: $57,223
Median home price: $402,293
College degrees: 29%
Summing Up The Humble Pie
Sure, we might have poked a little harmless fun at these 10 snobby places in Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island: Central Falls, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Providence, Pascoag.
Desktop users, there’s a chart below with all snobby cities in Rhode Island ranked from first to last.