The D.C. area ranks in the top 10 of many lists, some with methodology that’s more questionable than others. The latest ranking calls D.C. the snobbiest city on the East Coast.
In a survey of “the 10 snobbiest cities in America,” San Francisco ranks first, followed by fellow California cities Berkeley and Pasadena.
The ranking was done by roadsnacks.net, a site that says it uses “data to create bite-sized snacks of shareable information about places and cities” in the U.S. The site calls its ranking a look at “science and data to determine which American cities probably think they’re better than you.”
The D.C. area is the only city on the East Coast in the rankings. The other snobby cities are in California, Arizona or Washington state.
Washington, the site notes, has a “large percent of the population that’s struggling here, the wealthy, connected portion of the population more than makes up for it.” They call it a “culture snob’s dream” with hundreds of private art museums, an opera, ballet and symphony house.
“Does being from D.C. automatically make you a snob?” the site asks. “Only when you act like it.”
The survey from roadsnacks.net looked at 250 big cities and analyzed what it calls “snob-tastic criteria” — data that include a variety of factors per capita, including the number of Whole Foods stores, art galleries, private schools, percentage of population with a college degree, housing prices and household income.
Here’s their list of snobby cities:
1.) San Francisco
4.) Scottsdale (Ariz.)
6.) Irvine (Calif.)
7.) Washington, D.C.
8.) Costa Mesa (Calif.)
9.) Santa Clara (Calif.)
10.) San Diego
What do you think? Does D.C. belong on the list?