At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


Small Towns in Bay Area Top List of Snobbiest in US

Scott Lucas | July 29, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Perhaps unsurprisingly, several small cities in the San Francisco Bay Area top a new list of the snobbiest in the United States. The ranking comes from Movato, an online real estate brokerage, which broke down the data in a recent blog post.

The top ten snobbiest cities in the United State are:

1. Palo Alto, CA
2. Bethesda, MD
3. Brookline, MA
4. San Rafael, CA
5. Walnut Creek, CA
6. Hoboken, NJ
7. Oak Park, IL
8. Encinitas, CA (tie)
8. Rockville, MD (tie)
10. Laguna Niguel, CA

Palo Alto topping the list—with San Rafael close behind—sounds, frankly, more or less correct. But don't tell the folks over at Crogans that Walnut Creek ranked so highly.

Movato scored 309 American cities with populations from 45,000 to 65,000 on median home price, median income, percent of population with a college degree, private schools, performing arts, art galleries, and fast food restaurants (the fewer of those, the higher the score). After the rankings were all tabulated, Palo Alto topped the list.

In the top fifty, the Bay Area notched nine cities in total: Palo Alto, San Rafael, Walnut Creek, Santa Cruz, Petaluma, Dublin, Castro Valley, Cupertino, and Novato. In case you were keeping score, that works out to three cities each for the North, South and East Bay. A recent look by Movatao at the snobbiest mid-sized cities put Santa Rosa at number five, Sunnyvale at number eight, and Hayward in the middle of the pack.

Seriously, though, Walnut Creek? Do you mean the city of illegal fireworks, cocaine rings, and our undying love? There's plenty of adjectives to describe it, but snobby doesn't come to mind. Did you mean to say Orinda?

Have feedback? Email us at
Email Scott Lucas at
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Scott Lucas on Twitter @ScottLucas86


Photography by: