These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New York


We analyzed over 500 places in New York to identify the ones that probably think they’re better than you.

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There are certain parts of the country where residents and snootiness go together like a snob and a superiority complex. Of course there’s the West Coast snob – a newer creature who perhaps made his or her money in tech or a startup. There’s the southern snob, who takes pride in family money and goes to events like cotillions and coming out parties (yes, really.)

And then there’s the snob of the Northeast – a wealthy, high-class, individual, who, don’t even bother asking, is much smarter, more sophisticated, and learned than you.

Especially in these 10 places in New York:

  1. Garden City
  2. Huntington
  3. Rockville Centre
  4. Massapequa
  5. Melville
  6. White Plains
  7. Syosset
  8. New City
  9. Saratoga Springs
  10. Merrick

Now we’re not so full of ourselves as to just come up with this list from nowhere. We actually analyzed 500 places in the state in order to bring you these places. But keep your Levi Strauss & Co pants on – we’ll get to that in the next section.

And remember, at least these aren’t the worst places to live in New York State.

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How We Determined the Snobbiest Places in New York

Like we said, to come up with this list, we strictly relied on data; not our own opinions or biases.
So we started by making a list of all of the places in New York with 5,000 people or more, and then we looked at each 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)

Then we ranked each place with a score from one to 500 in each category. We averaged these up into one overall score for each place, and the lowest of those scores went to our 10 snobbiest places.

Don’t get your Uwe Koetter panties in a twist though – we’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with any of these places. In fact, if you’re well-educated, well-paid, and highly cultured, good for you!

Now let’s take a look at just what makes you so snobby, and if you’d like to see how more cities in New York ranked, just scroll to the bottom of the post for a more complete list. Or ask the butler to do it.

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1. Garden City

Wikipedia.

Population: 22,349
Median Household Income: $141,239
Median Home Price: $748,300

Let’s take a moment to refresh ourselves on some basic vocab. The word median: it means it’s the middle number, or the number separating the lower from the higher half. So with a median home price of $748,300, of course there are many lower-priced homes… but there are just as many that are at least twice as much.

To put it bluntly, this place is expensive. Not to worry, though – if you live here, you’re likely making pretty good money. You’ll also have the added bonus of more art galleries, theaters, and private schools per capita than almost anywhere else in the state (not to mention country.)

2. Huntington

Wikipedia.

Population: 18,811
Median Household Income: $111,670
Median Home Price: $366,500

This smaller town in Long Island is snobby, sure, but residents here have a lot to feel superior about. Not only do they likely make more money than you do; they’re also from some sort of magical, creative-vortex. This town lays claim to big names like Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Jason Alexander, and Christie Brinkley! (And who’s snobbier than a celebrity?)

Perhaps this has a little something to do with the surplus of creative venues here per capita, or the the excellent education. Or maybe you guys are just putting something in the water. A little Dom Perignon perhaps?

3. Rockville Centre

Wikipedia.

Population: 24,009
Median Household Income: $112,268
Median Home Price: $605,000

Step one in being a snob: spelling “center” like “centre” even though, like it or not, you are in America – not the 1700s, and not Buckingham Palace.

Step two: spending more money on your home than most Americans would spend on three.

Step three: Being better educated and better paid than most anyone in the country.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

If Bethenny Frankel decides your village is good enough for her needs, then it must be a snobby place.

4. Massapequa

Massapegua Patch.

Population: 22,103
Median Household Income: $117,324
Median Home Price: $403,800

This beautiful community has come a long way from being “one of the thirteen tribes of Long Island.” These days it’s home to some of the highest-paid residents in New York, along with some of the best options for education.

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In fact, per capita, it has more private schools than more than 490 places we looked at!

And you know what they say about private schools! Students get a very good education there and will likely do well later in life.

That’s all they say about them, really.

5. Melville

Wikipedia.

Population: 19,043
Median Household Income: $110,125
Median Home Price: $506,300

Melville is actually a lovely little community, filled with lovely, if not slightly snobby residents. But why shouldn’t they be? They make more money per year than many people spend on a home, the residents are well educated, and many of them have more culture in their pinky fingers than many of (us) have in our whole beings.

So bravo, bravo, to Melville.

6. White Plains

Wikipedia.

Population: 56,768
Median Household Income: $75,254
Median Home Price: $477,000

Here’s the thing about White Plains – most residents here don’t make a six-figure salary, and yet, they have some of the most expensive homes in the state. Now if anything, this need to show off your wealth, even when you don’t really have it… I mean, that’s got to make you even snobbier than some of your New York counterparts?

Don’t get bent out of shape, you guys do have plenty going on for you. White Plains has more galleries, theatres, and private schools than most places in our analysis. Plus, it’s just a quick commute to Manhattan, and if you can’t let your snobby flag fly there, well, you can’t do it anywhere.

7. Syosset

Wikipedia.

Population: 18,691
Median Household Income: $130,726
Median Home Price: $545,800

Okay, okay, you guys win. You are allowed to be as snobby as you want to be. Why? Syosset was the town that brought us Natalie Portman, Judd Apatow, and some dude named Leslie Buck.

In more practical terms, this is relatively small community, just like any other. The neighborhoods are safe, the residents are supremely well-educated, homes are beautiful… the only difference is that they’re about four times larger and more expensive than your home.

Does that make them snobby? Only if they’re bragging about it.

8. New City

Wikipedia.

Population:33,807
Median Household Income: $118,363
Median Home Price: $467,100

Here’s a place that, despite its massive growth in recent years, has somehow held onto a little bit of its original charm, its natural beauty, and tranquility (especially in the northern areas.)

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Of course natural beauty and charm don’t mean you can’t still be a snob. And according to our criteria (and Cher Horowitz), these guys are snobs and a half.

Whatever.

9. Saratoga Springs

Wikipedia.

Population: 26,711
Median Household Income: $62,766
Median Home Price:$287,800

You might be looking at this wondering, why would a place where residents make around $63,000 per year and buy homes no more expensive than my own, be considered one of the snobbiest in the state?

Culture, people. That’s why. Saratoga Springs has the third most art galleries per capita, and its theaters per capita are second only to Huntington’s. And it’s not just quantity here; it’s quality. The theaters, like the community, are unique and quirky. Just visit the Criterion Cinema if you don’t believe us.

And no, we’re not saying there’s anything snobby about these little venues – just the people who think they’re better than others because, like it or not, Saratoga Springs is pretty awesome.

10. Merrick

Wikipedia.

Population: 21,222
Median Household Income: $132,611
Median Home Price: $455,400

Last but most certainly not least snobby (for that, you’ll have to check out the list at the bottom of the post) is the community of Merrick. Homes here tend to the expensive side, but the peaceful surroundings might just make it worth it. (After all, the word “Merrick” actually comes from the word “Meroke,” meaning “peaceful.”

And it’s not like residents can’t afford it. With salaries of 100K plus, $455,400 for a home is just pocket change. (Especially for snob-tastic residents like Michael Kors!)

Excelsior!

When it comes to snobbery, these places in New York certainly seem to be 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 the tips of their fingers.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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19 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New York

  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.

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