These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New Jersey

We analyzed over 200 places in Jersey to identify the ones that 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.

And of all the places in the U.S., you may not find a higher concentration of all of the above than in the Northeast—New Jersey in particular.

Yes, that’s right; Jersey isn’t all fist pumps, fugazis, and poufs. In fact, in these 10 places, it’s downright snooty:

  1. Princeton
  2. Chatham (Photos)
  3. Mendham (Photos)
  4. Edgewater (Photos)
  5. Glen Ridge (Photos)
  6. Bernardsville (Photos)
  7. Westfield (Photos)
  8. Hoboken (Photos)
  9. Summit (Photos)
  10. Oradell (Photos)

Don’t get up on your high horse (unless you live in one of these 10 places, in which case, you pretty much live up there)—we didn’t just pull these 10 places out of our
hats. We relied strictly on the numbers to come up with this list. More on said numbers, in the next section.

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How We Determined the Snobbiest Places in New Jersey

You think we’d just come up with this list willy nilly? Fuh-get about it!

What we did is, we gathered up all of the places in Jersey with populations of 5,000 people or more. This left us with a total of 236 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
  • 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 236 places in each category with scores from one to 236. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in New Jersey. So let’s all flip a table in honor of Princeton (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? Fuh-get about it! Of course we would!

Now, let’s 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. Princeton

Source: Public Domain

Population: 12,342
Median household income: $106,686
Median home price: $635,300

Well, here’s a real shocker. This community is perhaps best known for Princeton University—but this is not your average college town. Residents here make more money per year than many people will pay for their homes, and speaking of homes, this place has it all, from beautiful, old brick buildings to one of a kind modern mansions. House snobs, rejoice!

Don’t worry arts and culture snobs, there’s a place for you here, too. In fact, Princeton had the most art galleries and theaters per capita out of anywhere else in the state. (Check out the McCarter Theater for a break in the snobbery!)

2. Chatham

Source: wikipedia

Population: 8,978
Median household income: $146,250
Median home price: $715,700

It’s really no wonder why Chatham is just dripping in awards and accolades, from being named one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the United States” by CNN to one of the “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly.

Not only do residents have some of the nicest and most expensive houses in the state (not to mention country), but they’re also some of the most educated—77 percent of people here have college degrees (and they’ll happily tell you all about their various areas of expertise.)

3. Mendham

Source: wikipedia

Population: 5,004
Median household income: $126,597
Median home price: $660,300

Okay, okay, you guys are allowed to be snobby. No, not because you have plenty of art galleries per capita or because almost all of your residents hold college degrees; because you, dear Mendham, were once the home of Peter Dinklage. And any place that brings the world Tyrion Lannister is A-OK.

Plus, you all have a lot of money, so snob away. You’ve earned it.

4. Edgewater

Source: wikipedia

Population: 11,425
Median household income: $103,760
Median home price: $553,600

Sure, the income in Edgewater may not be quite as high as in, say, Upper Saddle, but over $100,000 median is nothing to sneeze at. This community’s real claim to snobbery fame, though, is not in its income or even its home prices, but lies in its academics.

Edgewater has more private schools per capita than anywhere else in the state and a college grad population of 72 percent. Plus, it’s home to the last remaining of 15 Carnegie libraries in New Jersey, the Edgewater Free Library.

And if all that’s not enough for you, just hop on over to Manhattan. If you can’t find fellow snobs there, you’re wearing your Hermes sleep mask too tight.

5. Glen Ridge

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,520
Median household income: $159,511
Median home price: $575,800

Are you a money snob? An education snob? A gaslight snob? (What?) Then you’ll fit right in in Glen Ridge!

Second only to Upper Montclair in its number of college graduates, and with a few different private schools to choose from, Glen Ridge is smart. Flat out.

6. Bernardsville

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,710
Median household income: $130,441
Median home price: $654,500

Sure you guys make a ton of money, certainly you have plenty of art galleries and theaters per capita, and yes, your homes are luxurious and expensive. But that’s not why you’re a bunch of snobs. This is why:

“Bernardsville is often mispronounced as ‘BernARDSville’ as opposed to the correct parochial pronunciation ‘BERNardsville’.”

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

7. Westfield

Source: wikipedia

Population: 30,296
Median household income: $130,913
Median home price: $650,000

If you’re an “adorability snob,” Westfield’s the place for you. It. is. SO. cute.

As a matter of fact, Westfield’s cute factor has actually won it some awards—in 2004, it was the winner of the Great American Main Street Award, and in 2010, the America in Bloom Contest winner.

Even if you don’t make six figures a year, you can at least afford to visit Westfield, as many people do every day for the shopping, dining, and of course, to gawk at the ridiculously expensive houses.

8. Hoboken

Source: wikipedia

Population: 49,898
Median household income: $108,998
Median home price: $563,100

For Hoboken residents it may come as something of a surprise to learn that many people from outside of the state think “New Jersey sticks” when they hear Hoboken. Of course you all know this couldn’t be further from the truth; Hoboken is a community rich in culture, in education, and, well, just plain rich.

Plus it’s the home of baseball, Frank Sinatra, and Yo La Tengo. Not at all snobby things. Just sayin’.

9. Summit

Source: wikipedia

Population: 21,468
Median household income: $115,556
Median home price: $785,900

Home to The Summit Playhouse, the Summit Opera, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, this city of just over 21,000 puts the arts in artsy fartsy.

And with a median home price of nearly $800,000, they put the “OH MY GOD” in “OH MY GOD THESE HOMES ARE EXPENSIVE.” But hey, it’s the price you pay for having the privilege to tell people you live in Summit.

10. Oradell

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,997
Median household income: $148,857
Median home price: $593,800

Last but certainly not least, we’ve got Oradell. This little borough in Bergen County has consistently been well ranked by such prestigious publications as New Jersey Monthly and, well, local bumper stickers.

As if the high income wasn’t enough to brag about (which surely some snobby residents do), Oradell is also home to wonderful cultural staples like the Little Firehouse Theater. No, this place isn’t snobby
but thinking it makes your hometown better than others, well, that is.

Fresh to Death!
Sure, we might have poked a little harmless fun at these 10 snobby places, but hey, it’s only because we’re jealous. High incomes, expensive homes, excellent education, and more culture than the entire cast of Real Housewives of New Jersey combined? Who wouldn’t want that!

So fist pumps all around to our 10 snobbiest places (pinkies out, of course.)

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City Population Rank
Princeton 12342 1
Chatham 8978 2
Mendham 5004 3
Edgewater 11425 4
Glen Ridge 7520 5
Bernardsville 7710 6
Westfield 30296 7
Hoboken 49898 8
Summit 21468 9
Oradell 7997 10
Ridgewood 24999 11
Manasquan 5904 12
Watchung 5776 13
Glen Rock 11631 14
Morris Plains 5586 15
Mountainside 6695 16
Haddonfield 11588 17
Boonton 8403 18
Florham Park 11693 19
Franklin Lakes 10596 20
Englewood Cliffs 5297 21
Allendale 6549 22
Closter 8397 23
Madison 15923 24
Fair Haven 6102 25
Park Ridge 8699 26
Little Silver 5970 27
Montvale 7826 27
Norwood 5729 29
Upper Saddle River 8186 30
Kinnelon 10276 31
Midland Park 7131 32
New Providence 12191 33
Hillsdale 10251 34
Paramus 26301 35
Upper Montclair 11373 36
Waldwick 9693 37
Woodcliff Lake 5750 38
Ramsey 14528 39
Cresskill 8541 40
Caldwell 7806 41
Tenafly 14473 42
Westwood 10936 43
Lincroft 6299 44
Morristown 18461 45
Metuchen 13585 46
North Caldwell 6276 47
East Rutherford 8909 48
Ocean City 11790 49
Belmar 5796 50
Oakland 12763 51
Haddon Heights 7530 52
Old Tappan 5754 53
Margate City 6459 54
Red Bank 12194 55
Hasbrouck Heights 11830 55
Carlstadt 6161 57
Succasunna 8808 58
Yardville 7175 59
Englewood 27205 60
Butler 7547 61
Ringwood 12234 62
North Haledon 8360 63
Highland Park 14074 64
West Long Branch 8238 64
Fort Lee 35420 66
Fanwood 7313 67
Emerson 7471 68
Budd Lake 7992 69
Fair Lawn 32479 70
Linwood 7109 71
Maywood 9547 72
Matawan 8795 73
Martinsville 11595 74
Woodbridge 20125 75
Dayton 7940 76
Forked River 5404 77
Raritan 6968 78
Oceanport 5848 79
Kenilworth 7907 80
Marlton 9980 81
Palisades Park 19561 82
Franklin Park 13397 83
Bradley Gardens 14058 84
Heathcote 5805 85
Milltown 6916 86
Highlands 5009 86
East Freehold 5586 88
Dumont 17505 89
Hawthorne 18753 90
Leonia 8948 91
Kendall Park 9348 92
Bergenfield 26774 93
Springdale 14901 94
Wharton 6531 95
Old Bridge 23397 96
Eatontown 12595 97
Pompton Lakes 11074 98
Lake Mohawk 9834 99
Collingswood 13923 100

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8 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New Jersey

  1. Give Princeton a few more points in the unique pronunciation category. One of the more picturesque streets off Nassau Street across from campus is Van Deventer Street. Only the locals pronounce the name Van Deevender with emphasis on the “Dee.”

  2. Snobbery is a mindset that is driven by socioeconomic forces. This author is clearly disenfranchised from the subject at hand, because they chose to separate Upper Montclair from Montclair when the two compose the same town and the larger tax bracket, larger and older homes and estates are in Montclair! ie- there’s more money in old Montclair than there is in Upper Montclair, which actually contains more middle class colonial housing than the rest of town which features grand old queen anne victorians and set back tudors. All 3 of MKA’s campuses are in Montclair. 2 are South of Bloomfied Ave.. Montclair’s public high school sends more kids to IVY, little and public IVY and international as well as ancient universities than any prep school in the state. Those who know, know. The wealthiest people in town send their kids to the public schools in Montclair. The AGs, the Superintendents of BofE, media icons, politicians, celebrities, scientists, world famous artists, movie directors, television producers and other creatives and intellectuals all intermingle at lacrosse games and attend writer workshops, sponsor film festivals and bike races. Any given day, you can find more movies being filmed in picturesque settings around town than you can in Manhattan. It was both designed and inhabited by the Nation’s greatest architects.

  3. What a joke!! If your town has a high average home price and an educated population then your town is labeled as snobby. Such an evaluation is ridiculous and stupid.

  4. That’s odd, according to the redneck list that’s linked in this listicle, Edgewater is the 17th most redneck place in NJ, while it’s the 4th snobbiest place in this listicle? Likewise, Morris Plains is the 15th snobbiest and 18th most redneck place in NJ? There’s a number of other places on both lists, but how can a place be both snobby and redneck?

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