There are all types when it comes to being a snob in Maryland. You’ve got your Wine Snobs, Book Snobs, and, of course, Clothes Snobs. Then there are the Technology Snobs, Car Snobs, and yes, even City Snobsas in, I’m better than you because I live in (insert snooty city here).
How can we tell which Maryland cities are the snobbiest? By measuring snobby things, that’s how.
We used Saturday Night Science to look at things like expensive homes, high incomes, and overly educated populations by city in Maryland. These are the criteria you’d argue with a friend over a foodie dinner about who’s snobbier.
After analyzing 38 of the state’s most populous areas over 5,000 people, we came up with this ranking of the ten snobbiest places in the state of Maryland.
The Marylander in these places aren’t snobby, they just know they’re better than you.
Don’t freak out.
What’s the snobbiest place in Maryland? The snobbiest place in Maryland is Poolesville based on the data. If we had their wealth and lifestyle, we’d probably be a little snobby, too.
The most laid back? That would be Hagerstown.
We’re not so full of ourselves as to make this ranking up from nowhere. So here’s a look at the top ten and more on how we did it. And if you’re curious, Maryland is the 2nd snobbiest in the United States.
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The 10 Snobbiest Places In Maryland For 2023
% Highly Educated: 63.0%
Median Income: $201,607
Median Home Price: $533,100
More on Poolesville: Cost Of Living
% Highly Educated: 65.0%
Median Income: $116,031
Median Home Price: $554,800
More on Rockville: Cost Of Living
% Highly Educated: 53.0%
Median Income: $98,089
Median Home Price: $427,400
More on Gaithersburg: Cost Of Living
% Highly Educated: 46.0%
Median Income: $120,194
Median Home Price: $383,900
More on Chesapeake Beach: Cost Of Living
% Highly Educated: 41.0%
Median Income: $114,340
Median Home Price: $347,900
More on Walkersville: Cost Of Living
Methodology: How we determined the snobbiest cities in the Old Line State
Do you think wed just come up with this list willy-nilly? Not a chance – we only use Saturday Night Science around here.
We gathered up all of the places in Maryland with populations of 5,000 people or more. This left us with a total of 38 places. Then, we looked at each place in terms of these snoot-er-iffic criteria (And no, its 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)
Turned out this simple criteria was much better at sniffing out the snobby places then more snobby criteria like:
- Libaries per capita (Higher is snobbier)
- Museums per capita (Higher is snobbier)
- Private schools per capita (Higher is snobbier)
From there, we ranked each of our 38 places in each category with scores from one to 38. We then averaged each places ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in Maryland. So lets all flip a table in honor of Poolesville (with our pinkies up, of course.)
Before you get upset and ruin your blowout or something drastic here, lets 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.
And it’s not like your real estate agent would ever point out how snobby the town you’re moving to is. We’re here to keep you grounded, even if you’re wearing a monocle.
There You Have It – Now That You’re On Your High Horse
When it comes to snobbery, these places in Maryland are heading ever upward. Residents in these communities are well educated, well paid, and appear to have all the sophisticated culture and entertainment of an Ernst Lubitsch film right at their fingertips.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
If you’re also curious enough, here are the most laid back places in Maryland, according to science:
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Table: The Snobbiest Cities In Maryland For 2023
|3||Mount Airy, MD||9,621|
|4||Takoma Park, MD||17,610|
|9||Chesapeake Beach, MD||6,303|
|12||La Plata, MD||10,054|
|13||College Park, MD||34,961|
|16||Riverdale Park, MD||7,321|
|19||Mount Rainier, MD||8,290|
|20||Havre De Grace, MD||14,625|
|25||New Carrollton, MD||13,574|