Twin Cities is America's 4th-snobbiest metro, study says
If Travel + Leisure's reader survey can be believed, Twin Cities residents have their collective noses higher in the air than just about anybody.
That's because the survey ranked MSP as the fourth-snobbiest city in the country. In fact, the only cities ranking higher are the long-established hotbeds of snobbiness that are San Francisco, New York City, and Boston.
Travel + Leisure came up with the ranking by aggregating various categories of data from the reader surveys.
"[W]e 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," a summary of the findings says. "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)."
Here's what T + L had to say about the Twin Cities specifically:
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.
And here's the full top 10 snobbiest-cities list:
1. San Francisco
2. New York City
5. (tied) Santa Fe
5. (tied) Seattle
9. Washington, D.C.
For what it's worth, Portland ranked 11th, meaning in the eyes of T + L readers, we're snobbier than our Oregon rivals, Miamians, and Los Angelians, in addition to residents of the six cities behind us in the top 10.
Should we be proud, or not? Given the way T + L aggregated the data (with weight given to tech-savviness, good coffeeshops, and "highbrow cultural offerings"), we'd say it's nothing to be ashamed of.
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