These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Rhode Island

We used science and data to determine which places in RI 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 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:

  1. Watch Hill
  2. New Shoreham
  3. East Greenwich
  4. Jamestown
  5. Little Compton
  6. Misquamicut
  7. Quonochontaug
  8. Exeter
  9. Clayville
  10. 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

Source: Public Domain

Population: 207
Median household income: $104,000
Median home price: $1,150,000
College degrees: 45%

2. New Shoreham

Source: Public Domain

Population: 863
Median household income: $90,000
Median home price: $986,000
College degrees: 38%

3. East Greenwich

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,142
Median household income: $99,389
Median home price: $400,200
College degrees: 32%

4. Jamestown

Population: 5,420
Median household income: $85,293
Median home price: $466,293
College degrees: 29%

5. Little Compton

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,491
Median household income: $91,893
Median home price: $488,283
College degrees: 25%

6. Misquamicut

Source: Public Domain

Population: 412
Median household income: $78,293
Median home price: $617,000
College degrees: 33%

7. Quonochontaug

Source: Public Domain

Population: 441
Median household income: $100,903
Median home price: $575,292
College degrees: 20%

8. Exeter

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,550
Median household income: $99,034
Median home price: $333,933
College degrees: 23%

9. Clayville

Source: Public Domain

Population: 216
Median household income: $130,293
Median home price: $222,293
College degrees: 34%

10. Newport

Population: 25,000
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.

City Home Prices Rank
watch hill $1,150,000 1
new shoreham $986,000 2
east greenwich $398,000 3
jamestown $466,000 4
little compton $488,000 5
misquamicut $617,900 6
quonochontaug $575,800 7
exeter $333,000 8
clayville $222,500 9
kingston $352,400 10
south kingstown $345,000 11
north kingstown $327,000 12
portsmouth $350,000 13
narragansett $333,000 14
weekapaug $464,300 14
middletown $338,000 16
narragansett pier $459,300 17
newport $402,200 18
scituate $311,000 19
richmond $284,000 20
greene $287,300 21
greenville $281,000 22
west greenwich $279,000 23
hope valley $300,600 24
wakefield-peacedale $326,500 24
lincoln $271,000 26
carolina $282,000 26
charlestown $302,000 26
cumberland hill $250,700 26
ashaway $237,200 30
north smithfield $265,000 31
cumberland $255,000 32
chepachet $244,900 33
newport east $328,200 34
glocester $264,000 35
harmony $264,700 36
foster $280,000 37
hopkinton $282,000 38
smithfield $251,000 39
tiverton $268,300 40
coventry $188,000 41
westerly $284,300 42
burrillville $238,000 43
warren $247,000 43
cranston $236,200 43
wyoming $242,600 46
valley falls $240,900 46
warwick $219,800 48
melville $43,000 48
harrisville $237,600 50
bradford $261,200 51
foster center $246,000 52
johnston $230,000 53
east providence $232,000 53
pascoag $229,500 55
providence $214,800 56
pawtucket $201,300 57
woonsocket $197,900 58
central falls $185,300 59

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.