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Is Seattle one of America’s snobbiest cities? This survey says yes

Seattle gets a lot of attention these days, and not all of it’s positive. For instance, the real estate website Movato crunched some numbers and came up with a list of the snobbiest cities in the U.S. Unfortunately for us, Seattle ranks pretty high — coming in at Number 3, just behind San Franciso and Washington D.C. Here’s their take on the Emerald City:

Sure, it may have been the birthplace of grunge, but don’t let that fool you, as Seattle is still plenty snobby. It’s just well hidden beneath all the flannel.

Hmm. Grunge? Flannel? Very 1990s. Sounds like they haven’t been around lately. How did they come up with this list?

They looked at the top 100 biggest cities in the country and measured these factors:

  • Median home price (the higher the better)
  • Median household income (the higher the better)
  • Percent of population with a college degree (the higher the better)
  • Private schools per capita (the more the better)
  • Performing arts per capita (the more the better)
  • Art galleries per capita (the more the better)
  • Fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)

From there, we ranked each place in each category from one to 100, with the lower scores being the snobbier places. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one Big Deal Score, where the place with the lowest score was our snobbiest place.

So the truth is that a lot of the things that make us “snobby,” are really not bad qualities: Healthy real estate market, educated population, lots of arts to enjoy . . . Hey, would you rather live in Akron? I don’t think so.

The full story is here, and here are the 10 cities that top the list:

1. San Francisco, CA
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Seattle, WA
4. Scottsdale, AZ
5. Oakland, CA
6. Portland, OR
7. Irvine, CA (tie)
7. Honolulu, HI (tie)
9. Madison, WI
10. Atlanta, GA


About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.