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?