These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Vermont


We used science and data to determine which places in VT 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 Vermont, 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 Vermont, where you can call these true northeasterners snooty – or even just plain loaded if you will, when compared to their Vermont peers.
In fact, in these 10 places, it’s downright snobby:

  1. Charlotte
  2. Norwich
  3. Shelburne (Photos)
  4. Williston
  5. Hinesburg
  6. Stowe
  7. Essex
  8. Underhill
  9. Hartland
  10. South Burlington (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 Vermont

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 Vermont. This left us with a total of 50 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 50 places in each category with scores from one to 50. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in Vermont. So let’s all flip a table in honor of Charlotte (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.

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1. Charlotte

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,756
Median household income: $107,000
Median home price: $338,000
College degrees: 36%

2. Norwich

Population: 3,423
Median household income: $94,000
Median home price: $433,000
College degrees: 34%

3. Shelburne

Population: 7,265
Median household income: $94,389
Median home price: $344,200
College degrees: 34%

4. Williston

Source: Public Domain

Population: 8,723
Median household income: $71,293
Median home price: $271,293
College degrees: 35%

5. Hinesburg

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,406
Median household income: $73,893
Median home price: $310,283
College degrees: 33%

6. Stowe

Population: 4,391
Median household income: $65,293
Median home price: $393,000
College degrees: 30%

7. Essex

Population: 20,000
Median household income: $73,903
Median home price: $267,292
College degrees: 31%

8. Underhill

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,016
Median household income: $90,034
Median home price: $269,933
College degrees: 21%

9. Hartland

Population: 3,383
Median household income: $90,293
Median home price: $269,293
College degrees: 22%

10. South Burlington

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,000
Median household income: $64,223
Median home price: $238,293
College degrees: 31%

Summing Up The Humble Pie

Sure, we might have poked a little harmless fun at these 10 snobby places in Vermont, 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 Vermont: Bellows Falls, Newport, Hardwick, Springfield, and St. Johnsbury.

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

City Home Prices Rank
charlotte $338,100 1
norwich $433,200 2
shelburne $344,600 3
williston $271,500 4
hinesburg $310,600 5
stowe $393,200 6
essex $267,400 7
underhill $225,000 8
hartland $269,600 9
south burlington $238,500 10
colchester $249,000 11
essex junction $248,100 12
georgia $224,200 13
pittsford $196,000 14
thetford $231,500 14
morristown $233,800 16
burlington $254,500 17
montpelier $208,500 18
winooski $230,400 19
fairfax $212,100 20
weathersfield $185,200 21
shaftsbury $211,900 22
middlebury $229,900 23
hartford $223,700 24
putney $240,800 24
east montpelier $237,100 26
vergennes $171,300 26
clarendon $163,900 26
berlin $209,400 26
bristol $225,800 30
brattleboro $162,700 31
pownal $165,400 32
st. albans $158,700 33
derby $171,800 34
royalton $173,900 35
enosburg $167,700 36
west brattleboro $179,000 37
highgate $160,300 38
rutland $160,400 39
barre $146,700 40
lyndon $128,700 41
northfield $162,200 42
bennington $156,100 43
randolph $145,100 43
rockingham $159,500 43
st. johnsbury $114,100 46
springfield $136,000 46
hardwick $119,700 48
newport $137,700 48
bellows falls $112,200 50

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