Via NY Daily News:
When it comes to snobs per capita, no U.S. city—not even New York—can top San Francisco.
In their latest issue, the editors of Travel + Leisure magazine have put together what some might consider a rather unscientific list that ranks cities across the nation in terms of their snootiness.
Collecting data from its readers, the magazine tabulated that the top five snootiest urban destinations are San Francisco, New York, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Santa Fe, which tied with Seattle.
“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,” the editors explain. “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).”
After crunching the numbers, San Francisco emerged as this years’ winner/loser.
“San Francisco has cultivated its reputation as a serious foodie city, and readers gave it high marks for both fine dining and ethnic cuisine, even if they did also experience some sticker shock. To shop at hip boutiques, browse galleries, and dine among the cognoscenti, check out the Hayes Valley neighborhood and its Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. Any snobbiness didn’t stop San Francisco from being acknowledged for its welcoming attitude: the city also ranked first in the survey for being gay-friendly.”
While New York only managed second place on the list, it did not lack for what Travel + Leisure deemed snobby qualities.
“The fast-paced manners of New Yorkers may put off some visitors, but there’s no denying that the Big Apple has ample reasons to be proud: ranked at the top of the survey for its theater and art scene and for dressing to the nines,” the editors wrote. “Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, with its exclusive clubs and stiletto-heeled crowd, is one see-and-be-seen area, as is Williamsburg. That said, many New Yorkers’ definition of cool has more of a laid-back, off-the-grid feel: an example is Brooklyn’s Greenwood Park, a beer garden with 60 brews on tap and a bocce league.”
Source: NY Daily News