These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Massachusetts

We analyzed over 200 places in Massachusetts to identify the ones that probably think they’re better than you.

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When it comes to being a snob, there are all types. You’ve got your Wine Snobs, your Book Snobs, and of course, your Clothes Snobs. Then there are the Technology Snobs, Car Snobs, and yes, even City Snobs—as in, I’m better than you because I live in (insert snooty city here).

And you have your new money snobs.

If you’re reading this from Massachusetts, you are probably on one side of the fence or another. You’re either an elitist with a lot of money and success, or you’re a regular guy. Which is it? Well, it depends on where you live.

And, we can tell which parts of Massachusetts are the snobbiest by looking at the data.

After analyzing more than 200 cities, we’ve firmly decided that these are the 10 snobbiest cities in the state of Massachusetts:

  1. Wellesley (Photos)
  2. Weston
  3. Winchester (Photos)
  4. Sharon
  5. Sudbury
  6. Lincoln
  7. Concord
  8. Lexington
  9. Bedford
  10. Swampscott (Photos)

This list probably wasn’t a shocker for anyone who lives in Winchester, as they are most likely smiling in their big armchairs with a sense of aloofness.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 snobbiest places.

How we determined the snobbiest places in Massachusetts

If you’re feeling a bit haughty about these rankings, calm down. See, we relied on facts and figures to create this list not just our opinions of those cities.
We started by making a list of every place in Massachusetts over 5,000 people based on the 2013 American Community Survey. That left us with more than 200 places in Massachusetts.

We then looked at the following snob-tastic criteria for each of the places on the list:

  • 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)

Next, we ranked each place in each category from one to 200, where the lower the score, the snobbier the place. Finally, we averaged each place’s rankings where the place with the lowest score was crowned “The Snobbiest Place In Massachusetts”.

Time to put on your monocle and go through these snooty places.

1. Wellesley

Population: 28,188
Median household income: $155,000
Median home price: $944,000

There are snooty places, there are snobby places, and then there’s Wellesley. The rest of New England has nothing on the self aggrandizing that goes on in the most uncontested place to live in Massachusetts.

I mean, check out the picture of their city hall. Is that over the top or what?

Wellesley is home to just about the richest people in the state, who live in the biggest homes. The snobs of Wellesley earn the 3rd highest incomes, and live in the 2nd biggest, most expansive homes in the state. They are also the ‘smartest’ people in the room, as 80% of the population has at least a bachelor’s degree.

2. Weston

Source: Public Domain

Population: 11,470
Median household income: $176,000
Median home price: $1.2 million

The residents of Weston are most likely out of touch with the rest of Massachusetts. They have by far, the largest McMansions, and earn far more than you and I. If the people of Weston weren’t distracted by everyday matters such as making sure their kids get to flute practice on time, they’d probably be sitting in a suite two down from Robert Kraft during playoff time.

And they probably wouldn’t even pay attention to the game.

According to Wikipedia, Weston residents, ‘tend to brush off the town’s reputation as one of the most affluent communities in the state.’

Yeah, right.

3. Winchester

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,487
Median household income: $128,000
Median home price: $757,000

Winchester people probably aspire to one day bump elbows with the snobs over in Wellesley. Maybe if they went to school a little longer, they’d be able to compete. ‘Only’ 70% of the snooty people of Winchester graduated from college.

Winchester has the 3rd most art galleries and the 5th most private schools in their area. Which can make for an interesting conversation in the car, as mom quizzes her snooty kids about art history while they’re on the way home from Whole Foods.

4. Sharon

Source: Public Domain

Population: 17,482
Median household income: $123,500
Median home price: $450,000

Sharon is such a snobby place that the city didn’t even bother to set up a Facebook page. Perhaps it’s because they think they’re better than you.

The list of notable people from Sharon is a mix of athletes, physicists, best-selling authors…you get the point. You can most likely bet that they would publicly disagree that they are on this list, but would secretly relish the attention, being compared to Wellseley and Winchester and all.

5. Sudbury

Population: 20,217
Median household income: $164,000
Median home price: $654,000

Sud-bury. It just sounds snobby. Say it with a snobby British accent.

The high and mighty of Sudbury earn less than the folks over in Weston. And now that they realized it, they might just turn their noses up at this entire study.

Don’t worry, Sudbury. There are plenty of art galleries, theaters, performing arts centers and other high brow distractions in the area to keep you occupied.

6. Lincoln

Source: Public Domain

Population: 8,372
Median household income: $119,000
Median home price: $888,300

Just how to the snobs up in Lincoln manage to make ends meet? Their average salaries are the 16th highest in the state, but their home prices are through the roof. That’s a sure sign of a real snob…living beyond their means.

There are plenty of snobberific distractions in the area to keep them distracted, though.

7. Concord

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,095
Median household income: $131,000
Median home price: $748,000

Here in Concord, you have a lot to choose from if you live the high life. They have several options, whether it’s a snooty art event or opening night of Les Miz, you can never be ‘bored’ here if you enjoy snobby functions.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne,Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau all had home here at one point or another. You can bet most of the residents of Concord are aware of this, and have copies of their books on the mantle, right next to a Mike Greenwell autographed jersey.

8. Lexington

Source: Public Domain

Population: 31,527
Median household income: $138,900
Median home price: $748,700

The hoity toity people of Lexington are really smart, and they live in really large homes. They also make much, much more than you do.

Lexington was also home to the ‘first shot’ of the Revolutionary War. Odds are, the snobs who live there can take you to the exact spot where it happened; they’ll smugly sit there puff their pipes while you take a selfie.

And a sure sign that a city is snobby: They spell their main retail area the Lexington Centre. Because Lexington “Center” just isn’t high brow enough.

9. Bedford

Source: Public Domain

Population: 13,407
Median household income: $104,000
Median home price: $564,100

Bedford is located right near many of the cities listed above. And, though they make less money, and live in smaller homes than their neighbors, their snob level is still at a 7.

They might be more down to earth then the snobs which surround them; only 57% of Bedford residents completed college. Maybe they are trivia snobs instead?

10. Swampscott

Population: 13,287
Median household income: $106,000
Median home price: $450,000

Alright Swampscott, you made it into the snob spotlight. Now, you can think even more highly of yourselves as you sit in your huge homes, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, watching the poor saps down below struggle with their beach umbrellas.

Home prices are pretty high here, and in some spots along the coast, homes can fetch upwards of $10 million.

If you live in a $10 million home, you are out of touch with the rest of your Massachusetts peers. We all hope you enjoy your perch from up above. Let us know how the weather is up there.

Summing Up The Humble Pie

Well there you have it, the places in Massachusetts that needed a piece of humble pie, with Wellesley in particular being called out as the snobbiest place in the state.

But you may have known that already.

We also wrote about the 10 Worst Places To Live In Massachusetts if you haven’t read that yet.

5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Massachusetts

  1. Like Mike Hayes mentioned, the pictures for Sharon and Winchester are switched. In other words, the picture that goes with Winchester is actually of Sharon, and the picture of Sharon is actually Winchester.

  2. I remember a yr. back, I had parked and paid street meter in Wellesley for an hour, and came out to find they ticketed for “marked lanes violatioin”…well, I took pics, b/c both front and back white paint grid lines in the concrete were faded, disentegrating, beyond normal sense to have there in that condition at all!
    Whaddy’a think the parking clerk office said about that..”whoops, too bad!” You would have to be cruicified there-with glittering gold spray paint-and say you’re handicapped to get them to overturn a parking ticket…and everything on their town hall has “reminder-we’re out of money-close doors/lights/air cond.
    How much you wanna bet if Hillary gets in this fall and returns to Wellesley College (her alma) every one of these patch job parking grids will be painted over red, white and blue.

  3. I have lived in Winchester my entire life . I grew up in town . My dad worked his arse off to get our house. He came from Canada – Windsor Nova Scotia, and Saint John area. – and worked his arse off to get to the U.S. – and worked at Honneywell in the factories in Lawrence working his way up to become a planet manager and working at EMC. He paid his own way through school at Lesley college and Bentley and my mother taught at Vinson Owen School in Winchester for 25-30 years.

    Both of my folks bought our house in Winchester when the house cost around $77,000. Not everyone in Winchester is a snob. Nor are all rich people. I grew up in the high school and your numbers are misleading. Most people who attended colleges and universities from Winchester ended up graduating. I know plenty of people who graduated and work in successful fields. Winchester is a beautiful town with a lot to offer. We have greenway for biking and walking, a nice central business district with outdoor and indoor dining options and a beautiful mill pond.

    The middlesex fells reservation has miles of hiking trails and horn pond is right near by. – its a great place to live. – People may seem snobby, but most people just take time to get to know people as is the case anywhere in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is a more close-knit state, and its tough for newcomers to a town or area to get to know people at first. but the longer you are there the more people open up, and the same is true in Winchester. I have known several good friends who live and grew up in Winchester, and NONE of them are SNOBS. Yes there are a few bad apples who spoil the bunch as with any town, but just because Winchester has a high percentage of rich people these days, it is not fair to categorize the entire community as snobs or snobby. There are a lot of good people in the Winchester area too who do a lot for community organizations and charity organizations in the area such as the Cummings family and Whip Saltmarsh of Saltmarsh Insurance. – I have lived in Winchester my entire life. Yes, I live at home, so I don’t have to pay for housing etc, (I help with the chores and other things for my older folks who are 72 and 80) now. I am 43. going on 44. I graduated from Winchester High School in 1995. and Obtained a B.S. Degree in Geography/Environmental Science from Salem State College (Now Salem State University) in 2004. I have worked 14 seasons going on 15 at the TD garden in Boston as an usher. I love my job. But I am lucky if I make 15,000-20,000 a year salary wise. – I am not rich.

    My folks are upper middle class. We are not however, rich, and we are not snobby. My parents are the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and welcome everyone in no matter what race, sexual orientation , or culture. We had a lesbian couple living next door to us, who had adopted children. My folks had no issue with them and became friends with the family. So I would appreciate it if you don’t lump everyone into one category in the future. Not everyone in Winchester is a snob. I have lived here my whole life and have never come across anyone real snobby person in town. Yeah there’s a few isolationists who want to be left alone, and a few crabby people who may seem snobby but they are probably just grumpy old timers. for the most part, as can be the case in any town. Just because people have money doesn’t mean they are all snobs. And a lot of the people with money do a lot for the community organizations in the area. So stop characterizing everyone in Winchester as snobby. I will always love Winchester and believe it is a great place to raise a family or live in town solo. And if you don’t think so.

  4. I’m not a millionaire or a snob and I live in Winchester. Stop Characterizing everyone in one article. – okay??? – I am lucky if I make 20 K a year.

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