The 10 Snobbiest Places In New York For 2023

The Snobbiest places in New York are Scarsdale and Larchmont for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

There are all types when it comes to being a snob in New York. 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 New York 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 New York. These are the criteria you’d argue with a friend over a foodie dinner about who’s snobbier.

After analyzing 163 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 New York.

The New Yorker in these places aren’t snobby, they just know they’re better than you.

Don’t freak out.

What’s the snobbiest place in New York? The snobbiest place in New York is Scarsdale 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 Salamanca.

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, New York is the 4th snobbiest in the United States.

For more New York reading, check out:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Snobbiest Places In New York For 2023

Scarsdale, NY

Source: Wikipedia User Msact | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 18,063
% Highly Educated: 91.0%
Median Income: $250,001
Median Home Price: $1,474,000
More on Scarsdale:  Cost Of Living

Larchmont, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,532
% Highly Educated: 82.0%
Median Income: $214,186
Median Home Price: $1,217,400
More on Larchmont:  Cost Of Living

East Hills, NY

Source: Wikipedia User LINYperson615 | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 7,231
% Highly Educated: 80.0%
Median Income: $250,001
Median Home Price: $1,212,000
More on East Hills:  Cost Of Living

Rye, NY

Source: Wikipedia User JayHeritageCenter | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 16,459
% Highly Educated: 80.0%
Median Income: $207,930
Median Home Price: $1,529,400
More on Rye:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pelham Manor, NY

Source: Wikipedia User Sscheinfe | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,698
% Highly Educated: 81.0%
Median Income: $213,056
Median Home Price: $918,500
More on Pelham Manor:  Cost Of Living

Irvington, NY

Source: Wikipedia User Dmadeo; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 19:28, 23 March 2011 (UTC) | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,594
% Highly Educated: 80.0%
Median Income: $184,732
Median Home Price: $801,900
More on Irvington:  Cost Of Living

North Hills, NY

Source: Flickr User Joe Shlabotnik | CC BY 2.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,443
% Highly Educated: 77.0%
Median Income: $166,908
Median Home Price: $1,168,500
More on North Hills:  Cost Of Living

Lawrence, NY

Source: Wikipedia User DanTD | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,793
% Highly Educated: 77.0%
Median Income: $153,668
Median Home Price: $1,125,000
More on Lawrence:  Cost Of Living

Bronxville, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,569
% Highly Educated: 75.0%
Median Income: $168,917
Median Home Price: $1,039,100
More on Bronxville:  Cost Of Living

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 7,587
% Highly Educated: 76.0%
Median Income: $184,286
Median Home Price: $734,700
More on Briarcliff Manor:  Cost Of Living

Methodology: How we determined the snobbiest cities in the Empire 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 New York with populations of 5,000 people or more. This left us with a total of 163 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 163 places in each category with scores from one to 163. We then averaged each places ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in New York. So lets all flip a table in honor of Scarsdale (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 New York 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 New York, according to science:

  1. Salamanca
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Jamestown

For more New York reading, check out:

Table: The Snobbiest Cities In New York For 2023

Rank City Population
1 Scarsdale, NY 18,063
2 Larchmont, NY 6,532
3 East Hills, NY 7,231
4 Rye, NY 16,459
5 Pelham Manor, NY 5,698
6 Irvington, NY 6,594
7 North Hills, NY 5,443
8 Lawrence, NY 6,793
9 Bronxville, NY 6,569
10 Briarcliff Manor, NY 7,587
11 Rye Brook, NY 9,909
12 Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 8,505
13 Pleasantville, NY 7,469
14 Sea Cliff, NY 5,084
15 Kings Point, NY 5,493
16 Harrison, NY 28,635
17 Croton-On-Hudson, NY 8,289
18 Pelham, NY 7,255
19 Rockville Centre, NY 25,768
20 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,511
21 Wesley Hills, NY 6,105
22 Floral Park, NY 16,180
23 Northport, NY 7,360
24 Great Neck, NY 11,034
25 Port Jefferson, NY 7,951
26 Mamaroneck, NY 19,989
27 New Hyde Park, NY 10,262
28 Malverne, NY 8,583
29 Williston Park, NY 7,571
30 Bayville, NY 6,780
31 Massapequa Park, NY 17,149
32 Babylon, NY 12,181
33 Long Beach, NY 34,820
34 Cedarhurst, NY 7,290
35 White Plains, NY 59,452
36 Nyack, NY 7,303
37 Mineola, NY 20,837
38 New Hempstead, NY 5,440
39 Great Neck Plaza, NY 7,429
40 Manorhaven, NY 6,923
41 East Rockaway, NY 10,108
42 Lynbrook, NY 20,325
43 Farmingdale, NY 8,468
44 Westbury, NY 15,772
45 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10,176
46 New Rochelle, NY 80,685
47 Mount Kisco, NY 10,904
48 Lake Grove, NY 11,110
49 Saratoga Springs, NY 28,110
50 Valley Stream, NY 40,304
51 Chestnut Ridge, NY 10,211
52 Elmsford, NY 5,176
53 Airmont, NY 9,964
54 New York, NY 8,736,047
55 Williamsville, NY 5,419
56 East Aurora, NY 6,095
57 Fairport, NY 5,452
58 Amityville, NY 9,542
59 Monroe, NY 9,392
60 Suffern, NY 11,376
61 Beacon, NY 13,713
62 Glen Cove, NY 28,187
63 Hamburg, NY 9,722
64 Patchogue, NY 12,341
65 Warwick, NY 6,686
66 New Paltz, NY 7,378
67 Lindenhurst, NY 27,169
68 Port Chester, NY 31,317
69 Ossining, NY 27,368
70 Freeport, NY 44,328
71 Colonie, NY 7,792
72 Ballston Spa, NY 5,510
73 Yonkers, NY 209,730
74 Goshen, NY 5,705
75 Peekskill, NY 25,304
76 Mount Vernon, NY 72,855
77 Canton, NY 6,994
78 Kenmore, NY 15,207
79 Washingtonville, NY 5,782
80 Ithaca, NY 31,819
81 Oneonta, NY 12,764
82 Albany, NY 99,402
83 Fredonia, NY 10,018
84 Scotia, NY 7,305
85 Rensselaer, NY 9,330
86 Haverstraw, NY 12,292
87 West Haverstraw, NY 10,665
88 Canandaigua, NY 10,563
89 Baldwinsville, NY 7,739
90 Saranac Lake, NY 5,003
91 Glens Falls, NY 14,784
92 Corning, NY 10,708
93 Hempstead, NY 58,532
94 Hilton, NY 6,015
95 Walden, NY 6,841
96 Kingston, NY 23,972
97 Plattsburgh, NY 19,969
98 Geneseo, NY 8,140
99 Poughkeepsie, NY 31,475
100 Cohoes, NY 17,931
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

23 thoughts on “The 10 Snobbiest Places In New York For 2023

  1. I feel like poor Natalie G googled Whit Plains and read about the Westchester Mall or the Ritz Carlton. People living in Westchester County are laughing! Please do your research. I’m embarrassed for you. Perhaps you take a lovely walking tour of the galleria mall, the white plains mall, the numerous housing projects & tough neighborhoods,look at crime statistics, school rankings etc.

  2. Totally wrong. Sands Point, East Hampton, Montauk, Manhasset, Old Westbury, Brookville, just to name a few that aren’t on the list. and how is Manhattan not on here? Places in Queens?

  3. How did Miller Place NOT make this list?! I mean, going on serious superiority complexes, alone, MP should rate the top five! Then add in all the goodies you can find when you search hard enough under that figuratively giant, stained, filthy, mythological, rug. Yes, “THAT” rug that the school district and community “politics” have been sweeping their *oopsies*, *it-never-happened’s*, and *oh. did i do that?’s* under for who knows how long now.

    So you know, no hard feelings, we know now that you’re aware of your mistake of leaving Miller Place off the list. And, of course, we will gladly accept our humble place at #2, smack dab in the middle of the top #3. And we sympathize with the now former #2 and those all that will now trickle down a position, as it’s not your fault that the author is not truly educated in the area they chose to write in. As for former #10, who will now fall from the list to #11, you may have had the snob going but you have to work a bit on your superiority…you see? Like we just did. Miller Place for life, loves it! Later, Bitches!.

    **gives a Paris Hilton like smirk/duck lips, does sexy pose that goes into a great, dramatic flip of her long blond weave asshe turns to walk away, but not before turning back just once with a giggle, a smirk and a twinkle of a goodbye with a wave of her hand and finally walks away, dramatic exit and stolen spot on a list on a random website. because you gotta give it to her, she takes what she wants, simply because, period. end of story. see ya never, bitches.**

  4. I cry foul. NYC is the highest housing cost, highest income, lots of art galleries and theaters, etc. Moreover, their radio stations and my wife boldly boast that it is “the greatest city in the world! If that’s not enough to put it at #1, then consider the snobby borough provincialism of “B&T” and the pecking order of trendy neighborhoods.

  5. I’m sorry but this list is pretty bad. Rockville Centre and Massapequa are not snobby towns at all. The fact that Hewlett (Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Hewlett Bay Park), Woodmere (Woodsburgh), Great Neck, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Roslyn aren’t on here is insane. Garden City is far less snobby than any of these towns and yet it is number 1 on the list? Not sure where you got your research from but there’s no reason to call these towns snobby if you haven’t even visited them before.

  6. As a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs I take offence to your placing Saratoga on this list. As a Veteran I have traveled the globe and although Saratoga is a unique and special place it is not the residents but the guests we have flood in from around the world that give it a stain. I understand you have a rite to your opinion but there is no place else in the world I would rather be.

  7. The criteria used are just as baffling as they are stupid!

    Since when is having a college degree snobbish? Plus, the wealthiest communities are so private and residential, they don’t have a lot of schools, theatres, galleries, etc.

    Why not consider the number of private country clubs per capita? Or better yet, private country club members. At least limit the college degree criteria to like “Ivy League” degrees.

  8. Garden City should make it on a list for the Biggest A’Holes. There is a tremendous sense of entitlement from the residents and a large number of the residents are simply rude and dumb. The properties are so small and the taxes are off the charts. Most of the women have very straight blonde hair no matter how ridiculous it looks on them and the men have yet to give up the preppy look. The mansions are loaded with multiple people, I guess so they can afford the house. The restaurants suck. Stewart Avenue is like the LIE, yet these nuts with young kids live on that street. Also, it is loaded with these hideous McMansions. It seems the younger couples have absolutely no taste and feel the bigger the better. You can keep Garden City!

    1. As the Garden City residents age, hopefully they will get their priorities straight.

      I recently met an older gentleman, who was driving the most beautiful Mercedes I have ever seen. I complimented his car and he replied, very sincerely, if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. This man had his priorities straight.

  9. Wait what? Art galleries? Culture? Im pretty sure Garden City, Kansas has more culture than GC, NY. Medium income 141k and the library is a literally(<pun)a joke. St. Pauls a victorian gothic from 1879 laid to waste because its economically not worth repairing. Yeah, they really care about culture.

  10. Again, whoever wrote this, got it soooo wrong. It’s like the article that said Queens, NY, is the most beautiful place to visit. haha.

  11. While it’s right that Long Island is so strongly represented, the towns listed, order in which they rank, and “reasoning” provided display a complete lack of research or knowledge. Our collective attention and commentary on this “article” indicates that it was a success anyway.

    The exclusion of the Hamptons, however, makes sense as the true snobs that may be encountered there are rarely full-time residents.

  12. What happened to Locust Valley. They talk in Locust Valley lockjaw and are as exclusive a town as ever.

  13. Billy Joel and Mariah Carey are not from Huntington. Joel hails from Massapequa, Carey, like Rosie O’Donnell, from Comack

  14. The photo used to show “New City” is NOT actually New City, NY. It is Westfield NJ. New City is far from snobby. Sorry. You are a poor writer.

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