The 10 Snobbiest Cities In The United States For 2024

The snobbiest cities in the United States are Cambridge and San Buenaventura (Ventura) for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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In certain parts of the country, 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 way more learned than you.

But where are the snobbiest cities in the entire country located? Using Saturday Night Science, we looked at Census, FBI, and Zillow data. We analyzed the 343 largest cities in the nation.

We’re the snob hounds, and we’re on the case.

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It looks like it’s just about a Coastal Elite sweep, doesn’t it?

First off, we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the people in these cities. If we had the money and knowledge a lot of the people in these cities do, we’d probably be a little snobby, too.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data.

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The 10 Snobbiest Cities In America For 2024

Cambridge, MA

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Population: 117,962
Average Income: $169,569
Median Home Value: $946,296
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There are snooty places, there are snobby places, and then there’s Cambridge. If you haven’t spent much time there, know this: They probably think they’re better than you.

When you look at the data it’s hard to disagree. People in Cambridge live in some of the most expensive homes in the country (albeit they are very much overpriced). And Cambridge folks are really smart: 50%+ of its residents have a college degree.

But they’re not just money snobs in the area. They’re culture snobs, too.

Review Of Cambridge by HomeSnacks User

Crime is low, I believe. The school system is exceptional and unique with the “controlled choice” policies that foster diversity. Lots of quirky and trendy places to eat and hangout.

Lots of young adults because of all the colleges. Also the style is very historic with all the brick.

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Population: 110,358
Average Income: $118,804
Median Home Value: $808,405
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Snob Buenaventura’ for nothing (Do they? They should).

When you have the highest number of destination spas per capita, that’s also a sign that you’re slightly above the rest of us when it comes to snobbery.

Ventura ranks highly in the number of museums. It’s home to several prestigious art festivals each year as well.

Plus, Ventura residents make a pretty penny and they’re really smart.

Alexandria, VA

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Population: 157,594
Average Income: $156,780
Median Home Value: $611,500
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Down I95 a days drive is Alexandria, which is also right up there with apparent snobbery.

Whose kids are the most pampered in all the land? Alexandria’s kids, that’s who. There are more private schools in Alexandria than most other cities in the nation.

And they’re culture snobs here, too.

Review Of Alexandria by HomeSnacks User

No crime. At all. Just silly middle school and high school kids pulling pranks. Beautiful, charming city. 7 minutes to DC. Great schools. Great community. Educated people. Diverse.

Old Town is fun and beautiful, especially by the water. Good restaurants. Arlington is right next door, and it’s a pretty awesome city, too.

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Ann Arbor, MI

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Population: 122,216
Average Income: $116,925
Median Home Value: $479,804
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There’s one big reason Ann Arbor is on this list. It starts with an S and ends in MART. These folks are just geniuses. They’re spoiled with culture, too.

Not only do families in Ann Arbor command relatively big salaries, over two-thirds of the residents in Ann Arbor have a college degree.

In fact, Ann Arbor is the 2nd smartest city in the nation. Only 4% of residents don’t have a high school diploma.

While the theater scene has a big following, the museums are where the city stands out.

That’s okay. They can just afford to buy the paintings and look at them in the comfort of their large homes.

Review Of Ann Arbor by ChaseTrill

I live in Ann Arbor… better than any city you been to.

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Pasadena, CA

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Population: 137,554
Average Income: $142,697
Median Home Value: $1,092,011
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Pasadena (aka “Crown City”) isn’t too far behind the cities above when it comes to the number of private schools in the area (3rd in the nation), and theaters per capita (4th). It’s also one of the wealthiest cities in the country, too.

Have you ever watched the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day? That’s in Pasadena. So is Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Norton Simon Museum.

Does that make you snobby? Only when you brag about it

Charleston, SC

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Population: 149,960
Average Income: $123,657
Median Home Value: $530,719
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It’s a little surprising to see a Charleston on the list, but the facts are the facts.

There are art museums and private schools up the wazoo in Charleston. In fact, it should be called “The Private School City of The Arts.”

Though we didn’t measure shopping venues, you could make a case that Charleston has one of the highest concentrations of snobby retail in the nation.

Review Of Charleston by Justin Melton

I was born in Spartanburg, raised in Rock Hill and my wife is from Charleston…Rock Hill will always be my home but Charleston is by far the best city in the entire state.

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Seattle, WA

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Population: 734,603
Average Income: $161,693
Median Home Value: $827,235
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he folks up in the northwest are snobs for sure. Especially in Seattle, home of the snobbiest culinary restaurant on earth, Starbucks. It’s also a huge technology driven city, home to places like Amazon.

And, Nordstrom is headquartered there. That’s so snobtastic.

Seattle has the 5th most theaters in the nation per capita, so there are undoubtedly long lines at the latest Les Miz productions. It also boasts the 8th most art galleries in the country. With places like the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet in town, it’s clear there are some real culture snobs here.

Review Of Seattle by HomeSnacks User

The schools are great, crime is low! There is lots of hiking and nature to explore, in the summer the coast and lakes are beautiful.

The space needle is my favorite in the city, there is a good music scene in seattle. It’s easy to get around by bus, the nearby cities are also very beautiful.

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Boulder, CO

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Population: 106,598
Average Income: $132,934
Median Home Value: $974,246
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Boulder is a very affluent city a short drive from Denver.

And, like some of the other snobby cities, there are lots of private schools in Boulder.

The statistic that really puts Boulder on the snob pedestal are the geniuses that go to museums all the time — they are a really smart bunch here.

If you live in Boulder, you brag about the fact that you live in Boulder. Plain and simple.

Review Of Boulder by HomeSnacks User

Boulder is a very unique place – lots of liberal idealism. People live in a somewhat unrealistic world where everyone is equal, everything will be fair if you just fight hard enough, and a gallon of milk is supposed to cost $5. The crime is relatively low, marijuana and drug use is extremely high, and the public school system is fantastic. Architecture and art are incredible; social scene and activities are plentiful – there is always something to do or something to see.

Pearl Street Mall and all of Downtown Boulder is extremely fun, hip, and fast-paced. However, this is also where almost all of the homeless population resides. The Boulder Reservoir has a great swim beach and is fantastic for killing a few hours during the summer. Hiking trails abound, Chatauqua Park is a great option with trails of varying difficulty for any hiker.

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Daly City, CA

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Population: 103,648
Average Income: $142,547
Median Home Value: $1,122,306
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Berkeley, CA

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Population: 121,385
Average Income: $160,155
Median Home Value: $1,400,497
More on Berkeley: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Review Of Berkeley by HomeSnacks User

Berkeley welcomes all homeless, does nothing to dissuade transient crime, bums are deeply comfortable strewing their trash and feces all over the streets and have taken over downtown.

Berkeley is the perfect college town! There are so many amazing places to eat and hangout, and the weather is usually pretty nice.

Berkeley is a wonderful city full of an interesting, open-minded and intelligent group of people. The city is very culturally diverse and open to accepting anyone from anywhere. The food scene is to die for and if organically grown is what you live by, look no further than Berkeley grocery stores, farmers markets and more.

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How we determined the snobbiest places in The United States for 2024

We started by making a list of every city in America with more than 100,000 people based on the 2018-2022 American Community Survey.

That left us with 343 cities to rank.

We then looked at the following snob-tastic criteria from the Census, FBI, and Zillow for each of the cities on the list using Saturday Night Science.

  • Average 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)
  • Museums per capita (Higher is snobbier)
  • Farmers markets per capita (Higher is snobbier)

Finally, we averaged together the ranks of all the individual scores into a giant “Snobby Index” and the city with the lowest index — Cambridge, MA — ranked as the “Snobbiest City In America.” We updated this article for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the snobbiest cities in the US. This article is an opinion based on facts and meant as infotainment — don’t freak out.

It’s time to put on your monocle and go through these snooty places.

Summing Up The Not So Humble Pie

Well there you have it, the places in America that needed a piece of humble pie, with Cambridge in particular being called out as the snobbiest city in the nation.

The snobbiest cities in the United States are Cambridge, MA, San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA, Alexandria, VA, Ann Arbor, MI, Pasadena, CA, Charleston, SC, Seattle, WA, Boulder, CO, Daly City, CA, and Berkeley, CA.

So sure, we may call you guys a little ‘snobby’. But it’s only because we’re jealous.

If you’re curious, here are the least snobby (or most laid back) cities in America:

  1. Laredo
  2. Brownsville
  3. Warren

Detailed List Of The Snobbiest Cities In America

Rank City Population Home Value Median Income
1 Cambridge, MA 117,962 $946,296 $121,539
2 San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 110,358 $808,405 $96,036
3 Alexandria, VA 157,594 $611,500 $113,179
4 Ann Arbor, MI 122,216 $479,804 $78,546
5 Pasadena, CA 137,554 $1,092,011 $97,818
6 Charleston, SC 149,960 $530,719 $83,891
7 Seattle, WA 734,603 $827,235 $116,068
8 Boulder, CO 106,598 $974,246 $80,243
9 Daly City, CA 103,648 $1,122,306 $114,910
10 Berkeley, CA 121,385 $1,400,497 $104,716
11 San Francisco, CA 851,036 $1,254,436 $136,689
12 Washington, DC 670,587 $615,747 $101,722
13 San Mateo, CA 104,165 $1,510,087 $149,152
14 Allen, TX 105,444 $506,564 $121,259
15 Atlanta, GA 494,838 $379,030 $77,655
16 Bellevue, WA 150,606 $1,314,283 $149,551
17 Portland, OR 646,101 $523,622 $85,876
18 The Woodlands, TX 118,402 $572,271 $142,384
19 Stamford, CT 135,413 $611,989 $100,718
20 Scottsdale, AZ 240,537 $798,175 $104,197
21 Richmond, VA 227,171 $328,655 $59,606
22 Salt Lake City, UT 201,269 $532,894 $72,357
23 Carlsbad, CA 114,745 $1,449,918 $134,139
24 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,672 $617,207 $91,562
25 Miramar, FL 135,158 $506,754 $81,812
26 Arlington, VA 235,845 $761,141 $137,387
27 Westminster, CO 115,502 $521,670 $90,651
28 Denver, CO 710,800 $558,402 $85,853
29 Santa Rosa, CA 178,221 $708,139 $92,604
30 Sugar Land, TX 110,077 $431,661 $132,247
31 Sandy Springs, GA 107,221 $636,700 $93,303
32 Fort Collins, CO 168,758 $545,188 $78,977
33 Plano, TX 284,948 $503,025 $105,679
34 Riverview, FL 102,467 $389,262 $87,383
35 Huntington Beach, CA 197,481 $1,206,669 $114,747
36 Miami, FL 443,665 $569,425 $54,858
37 Santa Clara, CA 128,058 $1,524,900 $165,352
38 Enterprise, NV 225,461 $463,796 $91,165
39 Urban Honolulu, HI 348,547 $775,104 $82,772
40 Oakland, CA 437,825 $790,956 $94,389
41 Columbia, SC 136,754 $222,099 $54,095
42 Boston, MA 665,945 $714,795 $89,212
43 Eugene, OR 176,755 $464,226 $61,481
44 Wilmington, NC 116,933 $390,034 $58,908
45 Centennial, CO 107,702 $630,996 $124,617
46 Madison, WI 268,516 $369,136 $74,895
47 Little Rock, AR 202,218 $201,487 $58,697
48 Tacoma, WA 219,234 $463,801 $79,085
49 Pittsburgh, PA 303,843 $224,210 $60,187
50 Naperville, IL 149,089 $527,805 $143,754
51 Columbia, MO 126,172 $280,111 $60,455
52 Torrance, CA 145,454 $1,140,607 $109,554
53 Burbank, CA 106,389 $1,128,292 $91,455
54 Raleigh, NC 465,517 $431,992 $78,631
55 Chico, CA 102,790 $453,459 $65,932
56 Durham, NC 284,094 $395,610 $74,710
57 Fremont, CA 228,795 $1,413,076 $169,023
58 Providence, RI 189,715 $365,946 $61,365
59 Tampa, FL 388,768 $391,344 $66,802
60 San Jose, CA 1,001,176 $1,330,692 $136,010
61 West Valley City, UT 138,868 $451,255 $81,719
62 Minneapolis, MN 426,877 $318,812 $76,332
63 Cary, NC 174,880 $600,101 $125,317
64 Tallahassee, FL 198,259 $279,088 $52,899
65 Orlando, FL 307,738 $373,263 $66,292
66 Jersey City, NJ 287,899 $591,988 $91,151
67 Metairie, LA 140,046 $288,142 $72,070
68 Columbia, MD 106,600 $473,348 $124,537
69 Huntsville, AL 215,025 $276,878 $67,874
70 Orange, CA 138,728 $991,595 $109,335
71 College Station, TX 120,451 $333,157 $52,397
72 San Diego, CA 1,383,987 $955,846 $98,657
73 Gainesville, FL 142,414 $289,220 $43,783
74 Fullerton, CA 142,280 $936,138 $99,279
75 Cincinnati, OH 308,870 $235,782 $49,191
76 Irvine, CA 304,527 $1,331,528 $122,948
77 Coral Springs, FL 133,801 $536,819 $87,488
78 Highlands Ranch, CO 101,514 $700,098 $148,227
79 Richardson, TX 118,063 $436,131 $94,362
80 Baltimore, MD 584,548 $179,189 $58,349
81 Tempe, AZ 181,005 $474,681 $72,022
82 Davie, FL 105,821 $517,729 $84,346
83 Spring Valley, NV 220,114 $420,533 $69,341
84 Arvada, CO 123,066 $594,157 $106,014
85 Sunnyvale, CA 154,573 $1,875,596 $174,506
86 Fort Lauderdale, FL 182,673 $534,210 $75,376
87 Boise City, ID 234,192 $468,085 $76,402
88 Manchester, NH 115,037 $383,709 $74,040
89 Hillsboro, OR 106,612 $527,280 $98,891
90 Worcester, MA 204,191 $392,447 $63,011
91 Knoxville, TN 191,857 $339,691 $48,309
92 Concord, NC 105,335 $361,879 $83,480
93 Austin, TX 958,202 $533,213 $86,556
94 Grand Rapids, MI 198,096 $262,762 $61,634
95 Murfreesboro, TN 153,487 $400,303 $70,451
96 Oceanside, CA 173,722 $824,796 $86,701
97 Billings, MT 117,093 $376,105 $69,692
98 Anchorage, AK 290,674 $373,986 $95,731
99 Roseville, CA 148,879 $625,711 $112,265
100 Rochester, MN 120,848 $309,298 $83,973

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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.

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