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Most of Wisconsin people are nice.
Most love their sports, and they fish in the ice.
While some might be snobby and some might be not,
All of them love their cheese and their brats.
Wisconsin: The Badger State. It is a land known for its natural beauty, its
uh, dairy products, and corn and beer. We love you guys up there, actually.
But aside from all that, it is also known as one of the friendliest states in the U.S. People in the Midwest, and Wisconsin in particular, have a reputation of welcoming you with open arms, and maybe a big plate of cheese, don’tcha know.
Of course that’s just a big, fat stereotype, and in fact, there are some places in Wisconsin that are downright snooty.
These are the 10 snobbiest places in Wisconsin:
- Elm Grove
- Whitefish Bay
- Fox Point
- River Hills
- Maple Bluff
- Madison (Photos)
- Verona (Photos)
- Mequon (Photos)
Yes, that’s right: Snobby badgers. I’d never heard of such a thing either; but there you are. And in the next section you’ll see that the math backs it up.
How We Determined the Snobbiest Places in Wisconsin
When creating this list we relied solely on facts and figures, rather than our own (perhaps biased) opinions. First thing’s first: We gathered up all of the places in Wisconsin with populations of over 1,000 people or more. This left us with a total of 164 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 164. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest scores went to the 10 snobbiest places in Wisconsin. 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.
And you must know, we aren’t saying these places, or the people who live in them, are bad. We’re actually kind of jealous.
1. Elm Grove
Median household income: $109,933
Median home price: $375,700
Last year, Business Insider named Elm Grove America’s Best Suburb. Because why wouldn’t it? Elm Grove has the highest income in the state, 70 percent of residents are college grads, and per capita, there are plenty of galleries and theaters.
Not that you guys would let that go to your heads or anything….
2. Whitefish Bay
Median household income: $106,699
Median home price: $135,600
Whitefish Bay may not be a big city, but it certainly has turned out some big names. People like Dan Vebber, Brad Courtney, and about twenty professional sports players. And you know who’s even snobbier than sports players? Actors, of which Whitefish Bay has many.
The income here is high, but surprisingly, the median home price is pretty low, compared to most places we looked at. Maybe this has less to do with the desireable real estate and more to do with the simply smart people running this town—more people in Whitefish Bay have a college degree (or higher) than anywhere else in Wisconsin.
Median household income: $83,750
Median home price: $352,300
When it comes to education and cultural amenities, Delafield is among the best. There are several private schools nearby for the small population of just over 7,000; clearly a big reason there are so many college graduates here.
Delafield also has the sixth most theaters per capita in the state—not too shabby considering its small size. So sure, Delafield residents may be a bit snobby, but that’s just because their hometown is better than yours.
4. Fox Point
Median household income: $102,552
Median home price: $292,400
Fox Point may seem like your average, adorable, family-friendly village in Milwaukee County, but under the surface it is
well, okay, it is your average family-friendly village. But a wealthy one, at that.
Fox Point’s median income is the fourth highest in the state; the homes, just the 20th most expensive. We’re seeing a bit of a trend here
In those places with a high percentage of college grads (72.80 percent of Fox Point residents have college degrees), the home prices are proportionally low compared to the income.
Not paying exorbitant amounts for a home and then going into debt because you can’t afford it? Why that’s genius!
5. River Hills
Median household income: $181,000
Median home price: $656,000
River Hills may be downright tiny, but when it comes to income, home prices, and college degrees, it can’t be beat. Well, not in Wisconsin anyway.
River Hills also has a pretty good amount of private schools nearby to choose from (the 16th most per capita). The only areas where it can’t really toot its own horn are in theaters and art galleries. But hey, who needs such mundane entertainment when you can afford to create your own art gallery in your living room?
6. Maple Bluff
Median household income: $130,000
Median home price: $458,000
You know what’s even snobbier than Madison, Wisconsin? A suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. This one in particular happens to be home to the Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion, where (obviously) the Governor and his family live.
It was also the home of Connie Carpenter-Phinney (an Olympic speed skater) and actor Bradley Whitford.
Thornton Wilder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright is from here, as is the late Chris Farley. Which doesn’t make this place snobby; it’s just fun trivia.
Median household income: $53,958
Median home price: $172,500
Madison is known far and wide as an awesome city. Let’s face it, it has music, arts, festivals of all kinds, theater, stunning architecture, a zoo, botanical gardens
I could go on. But I won’t; get a brochure or something.
It’s these things—the theater and arts—that bump Madison up into the “snobby” category; not the income or the home prices, which aren’t all that high, comparatively. So, sure, we can all see that Madison is
but the snob factor comes in when you brag about it all the time.
Median household income: $82,335
Median home price: $255,400
For those who love the arts and culture in Madison, but want a quiet place to come home to (to your mansion), Verona might be the place for you. Okay, mansion might have been a bit exaggerated; but still, homes here certainly aren’t cheap. That’s okay, though, because likely if you live in Verona, you’re making plenty of money.
Median household income: $106,733
Median home price: $125,000
Here’s a little perspective on the type of people who live in Mequon: Halle Berry and Eric Benet own homes here. Not to say that these two are especially snobby, or even to say that everyone in Mequon is a super-famous celebrity; just that, it’s not exactly living in the slums here.
In fact, Mequon residents have the second highest median income in the state. Paradoxically, the median home price is on the cheaper end of the spectrum—and once again, residents here have some of the most college degrees in Wisconsin. Moral of the story: Smart, wealthy people don’t spend all of their money on a home.
Median household income: $45,800
Median home price: $397,300
Last but certainly not least snobby (for that honor goes to Somers), is Edgerton. Sure, the median income here is not high; but the median home price is. So before you guys get all snooty about how great your city is, maybe you should take a page from places like Mequon.
No need to overspend on a home. Just act snobby anyway!
You’re Still Winning, Don’tcha Know
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.
If you haven’t seen the hilarious video ‘Shit People From Wisconsin Say,’ you should check it out. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s always good for a chuckle.