Alright, y’all. You didn’t really think you would be exempt from a “Snobbiest” list just because you’re living in the Lone Star State, did you? Sure, Texas is home to many a good ol’ boy, two steppin’ cowboys and cowgirls, and of course, the Oasis of Blue in the Red State, Austin; but that doesn’t mean that it’s not also home to a bunch of people who think they’re better than the rest of us.
But what makes a place snobby in the first place? Well, there’s money, of course. Nice homes, only the best of the best when it comes to schools, theatres (yes, with an “re”.) But we’ll get to all of those details in the next section. For now, here are the 10 snobbiest places in Texas:
- Piney Point Village
- Bellaire (Photos)
- University Park (Photos)
- Lakeway (Photos)
- Southlake (Photos)
- West University
- Austin (Photos)
- Flower Mound
- Colleyville (Photos)
- Westlake Hills
Hey, keep your Levis on—we told you there was a method behind this list, and we’ll get to it in the next section. Don’t be a snob.
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How We Determined the Snobbiest Places in Texas
First thing’s first: Gathering up all of the places in Texas with populations of over 5,000 people or more. This left us with a whopping total of 340 places. Then, we looked at each of these places in terms of these snobby criteria:
- Median home price (higher is snobbier)
- Median household income (higher is snobbier)
- Percent of population with a college degree
- 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 places in each category with scores from one to 340. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest scores went to the 10 snobbiest places in Texas. So
To see how more places in the state ranked, you can mosey on down to the bottom of the post. Otherwise, read on to see just why residents in these 10 cities are probably better than you.
1. Piney Point Village
Median household income: $200,000
Median home price: $1,221,000
Yes, you read that correctly. The median household income here is more than the median home price for most of the nation—and the median income
well, it’s more than many nation’s median incomes in total. It is quite literally, the wealthiest place in Texas.
That’s reason enough for residents to be snobs; but this place will do you one further. It also has more college grads than almost anywhere else in the state—85 percent. That’s second only to West University, which really makes sense, seeing as though all of the street names and practically every building throughout this town are dedicated to colleges and universities in the U.S. But we’ll get to that later; now, onto Bellaire.
Median household income: $154,424
Median home price: $558,800
Bellaire may be known as the “City of Homes,” but a more accurate name might be the “City of Giant Houses and Wealthy @$$ Residents.” Sure, the homes are *cheap* compared to those in Piney Point Village
but then again, almost all homes are cheap compared to those in Piney Point Village.
Bellaire also has a really high percentage of college grads—77.70 percent. There are a ton of private schools per capita here, like Saint Agnes Academy, Strake Jesuit College Prep, Saint Francis Episcopal Day School, and Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School. So snobby parents, this place might just be the place for you.
Median household income: $164,273
Median home price: $986,200
What? Really? Yes, we were kind of surprised to see Arlington on here, too. Most people just think of this city as a sort of Dallas suburb, great for families. Or the home to the old Six Flags over Texas amusement park. Or even that place where Ben Rappaport is from (No?).
But underneath it all, it looks like Arlington is hiding a deep
No, not really. It’s just a little snobby. It doesn’t have as many galleries, theaters, or private schools per capita as, say, our next city, but with its high income and home prices, it more than makes up for this. Besides, you can just drive to Dallas for all that other stuff.
Median household income: $103,348
Median home price: $372,700
A lot of people lump Lakeway and Austin into one big city, but technically, Lakeway is its own separate little community. A much snootier one, at that.
Why? Because Lakeway is rich. Incomes are high, homes are big. There are more than enough theaters, art galleries, and private schools, mostly because Lakeway is just about a thirty minute drive from downtown Austin. The real thing is—Lakeway residents, just like Westlake residents, get all of the benefits of being “in” Austin (but not really). That means all of the cultural awesomeness, but with a paycheck about twenty times bigger than most Austinites’.
But don’t worry, Austinites. You’re not excluded from our list.
Median household income: $181,122
Median home price: $498,900
Southlake. It’s known for its excellent public and private, well-educated residents, Gateway Church, Carroll High School’s football team, and of course, money, money, money.
In fact, residents here are the second best paid in the state (after Piney Point, of course). It’s no surprise, really, that Tony Romo, Terry Bradshaw, Marcus Spears, and about 100 other major league athletes call this place home. Sports snobs—this place is for you.
6. West University
Median household income: $202,132
Median home price: $751,600
A.K.A., West University Place. As we briefly mentioned before, this little city is famous for its devotion to all things education—the streets are named after United States universities and colleges, and many of the buildings are too. Residents are among the best educated in the state – and likely the nation. A whopping 85.8 percent of residents have a college degree.
Coincidence that it’s also one of the wealthiest places in the state? Nope. College education = higher pay.
Median household income: $52,431
Median home price: $216,700
Oh, Austin, I bet you thought you’d escape this list. Well, you probably would have—about twenty years ago. These days, though, while Austin still may keep it weird, it also keeps it pretty snooty. (Blame it on all the people from L.A.)
Sure, the income here isn’t nearly as high as in some other places, and despite what people are saying, the median home price is actually still under $220,000 (you just really better be looking for it
and probably not right where you want to live), but the number of art galleries, theaters, and private schools per capita here are plenty high to put Austin on our list.
On a side note: if you do get a chance to check out some of Austin’s theaters, DO. Alamo Drafthouse (movies), Paramount (tons of things), Bass, Zach Scott, the Hideout, Esther’s Follies
The list goes on and on. Just don’t be a snob about it.
8. Flower Mound
Median household income: $118,725
Median home price: $260,000
Flower Mound may seem like your typical, family-friendly town just outside of Dallas, but it’s not! Okay, it is. But it’s also a bit wealthier than most.
Residents here enjoy the 12th highest income in the state. They also have the 34th highest median home price, which may not sound all that impressive, but remember, Texas is HUGE. We looked at over 300 places, y’all.
And with that context, Flower Mound came in with both the seventh most theaters and art galleries per capita in the state, as well. Not too shabby for a regular old town outside of Dallas.
Median household income: $157,917
Median home price: $405,200
If you just Google “homes in Colleyville,” you’ll know why it made our list. They’re not outrageous mansions for the most part, but they’re all pretty dang nice. Which is understandable when you take a look at what most residents are making.
Perhaps this is because residents are smart. Well, they have college degrees, anyway — 65 percent of them at least.
And sure, it may not have all of the theaters, art galleries, and private schools that some of the places on our list do, but that’s what Dallas is for, just a three-mile drive away. Your driver can handle that, right?
10. Westlake Hills
Median household income: $166,452
Median home price: $755,668
Last but most certainly not least snobby is Westlake Hills. Just like Lakeway, Westlake is often considered part of Austin, but technically, it’s a separate city. And, really, it feels like one. It’s full of huge (and I mean HUGE) homes, where a million dollars is almost a steal on a two-story.
Football is like a religion in Westlake. Shopping is a lifestyle, while pilates, yoga, and sipping Starbucks frappe latte whatnots is commonplace. It’s basically every stereotype of a wealthy little town centered around a high school. Think Clueless mixed with Friday Night Lights.
But because of the lack of theaters and art galleries specifically in Westlake, it didn’t make it to the top of our list. But who needs that type of entertainment when you can just hire Jay-Z to come sing at your kid’s birthday party? Just kidding. Maybe Justin Bieber. He’s more relevant with the kids these days, right?
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If we haven’t offended you too much with this post, please do feel free to stop by again and see us. And if we have offended you, well, calm down. After all, this post was all in good fun – and when it comes to being well paid, well educated, and well cultured, well, that’s where you guys really won.
Even if it means you’re a little snobby.
We also wrote about the most ghetto cities in Texas if you happened to have missed that post. Click here to read it.