Ever meet a real snob? They're out there -- feeling superior for no good reason. Do you know anybody who might be considered a snob? Are you one? Let's hope not, and let’s define our terms.

One definition is that a snob is a person who believes in the existence of an equation between status and human worth. The term also refers to a person who believes that some people are inherently inferior to him or her for any one of a variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, wealth, education, ancestry, power, physical strength, class, taste, beauty, nationality, fame or the extreme success of a family member or friend.

For example, think Thurston Howell III on "Gilligan’s Island," or maybe John Kerry, our Secretary of State.

Now that you have a picture in mind look south, because California is the nation’s snobbiest state, according to a ranking of the snootiest mid-sized cities in the country.

Six of the 10 snobbiest cities in a list compiled by the real estate company Movoto are in the Golden State. The rest are scattered around the country, and some are quite surprising. None are in Washington state. Good old Yakima Valley friendliness wins the day again!

The nationwide online real estate database compiled the list from a variety of factors including median home price, percent of population with a college degree and country clubs per capita. Seems a little cliche, but those are the criteria and so:

Pasadena – home to the Rose Bowl, art galleries, many private schools and its own symphony orchestra – took first place.

The Los Angeles suburb has the fifth-highest median home price, many performing arts venues and several nearby country clubs, according to Movoto.


  1. Pasadena, California
  2. Thousand Oaks, California
  3. Alexandria, Virginia
  4. Naperville, Illinois
  5. Santa Rosa, California
  6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  7. Glendale, California
  8. Sunnyvale, California
  9. Fullerton, California
  10. Eugene, Oregon


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Other factors used to measure how the towns favored by America’s upper crust stack against each other included private schools per capita, performing arts per capita, art galleries per capita and country clubs per capita – the more the better.