America’s Snobbiest Cities

So what if they’re a little conceited? These snobby cities have plenty of reasons to feel like winners.

To determine which city has the biggest nose in the air, we factored in some traditional staples of snobbery: a reputation for aloof and smarty-pants residents, along with high-end shopping and highbrow cultural offerings like classical music and theater.

But we also considered 21st-century definitions of elitism: tech-savviness, artisanal coffeehouses, and a conspicuous eco-consciousness (say, the kind of city where you get a dirty look for throwing your coffee cup in the wrong bin).

No. 1 San Francisco
No. 2 New York City
No. 3 Boston
No. 4 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Perhaps readers felt intimidated by these bookish, indie-music-loving, craft-beer-drinking hipsters, who also ranked highly for being exceptionally tidy. If these Minnesotans feel self-satisfied, is it any wonder? They also scored well for being fit and outdoorsy; you can join them at the Chain of Lakes, where, depending on the season, folks are hiking, paddling, or even ice-surfing.
No. 5 (tie) Santa Fe, NM
No. 5 (tie) Seattle
No. 7 Chicago
No. 8 Providence, RI
No. 9 Washington, D.C.
No. 10 Charleston, SC

via Travel & Leisure

The company that owns Combos, those little cheese filled cracker/pretzel snacks came out with a list of the fifty “Manliest” cities in America. Here is a list of the top ten cities.

1.Oklahoma City, OK (▲ 2 spots)
2.Columbia, SC (▲3 spots)
3.Memphis, TN (▲ 1 spot)
4.Nashville, TN (▼ 3 spots)
5.Birmingham, AL (▲ 2 spots)
6.Houston, TX (▲ 3 spots)
7.St. Louis, MO (▲ 3 spots)
8.Toledo, OH (▲ 4 spots)
9.Cleveland, OH (▼ 3 spots)
10.Charlotte, NC (▼ 8 spots)

Apparently the criteria for being a “Manly” city, included the amount of professional sports teams, popularity of power tools, number of steak houses, and frequency of monster truck rallies. Cities also lose ranking points for emasculating characteristics like the abundance of home furnishing stores, high minivan sales, nail salons or shopping boutiques, and subscription rates to beauty magazines.

Where did Minneapolis come in on this list? Way down at number forty.

40. Minneapolis, MN (▼ 4 spots)

So, because we don’t go to a lot of monster truck rallies, and have a high number of shopping boutiques, Minneapolis isn’t considered a “Manly” city?

I’m more than ok with this ranking then.

"It’s a great city. In fact, I’ll tell you something I’ve never told anyone before. I’m thinking about buying land there, near a lake. I believe, because of climate changes, the future of America is in Minnesota."
— William Shatner (Star Trek’s “Captain Kirk”) in an interview published today in the Star Tribune.

Shelly Moen of Eden Prairie, MN returning home with her boys (1999)

Photo by the Minnesota Historical Society