When it comes to being a snob, there are all types. You’ve got your Wine Snobs, your Book Snobs, and of course, your Clothes Snobs. Then there are the Technology Snobs, Car Snobs, and yes, even City Snobs—as in, I’m better than you because I live in (insert snooty city here).
Now, if you’re reading this from Texas, you might think that you’re exempt from living in a snooty city—after all, cowboys can’t be snobs, can they?
Well, this ain’t the Old West anymore, and as the Movoto Real Estate
Blog’s research shows, Texans can most certainly be snobby—in some places they’re downright snoots.
So without further ado, here are the 10 snobbiest places in The Lonestar State, starting with our winner, good ol’ Coppell:
1. City of Coppell
2. CDP of The Woodlands
3. City of Plano
4. City of Austin
5. City of Richardson
6. City of Flower Mound
7. City of Friendswood
8. City of Sugar Land
9. City of Frisco
10. City of Mansfield
We don’t like to point fingers…but c’mon, who didn’t guess that The Woodlands would make the list? And Austin? Puh-lease. This city thinks it is the best city in Texas. (Mostly because it is.)
We didn’t form this list based on our own biases—we relied on the magic of math. For more on said magic, keep reading to find out how we created this analysis. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 snobbiest cities.
If you’re feeling a bit haughty about these rankings, calm down. See, we relied on facts and figures to create this list not just our opinions of those cities. We started by making a list of the 100 largest cities in Texas according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Then, using the Census (2010) and business listings, we looked at each place in terms of the following snob-tastic criteria:
- 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)
Next, we scored each place in each category from one to 100, where the lower the score, the snobbier the place. Finally, we averaged each place’s rankings into one Big Deal Score
, where the place with the lowest score was our snobbiest place. That’s you, Coppell.
Now before we start really making fun—or rather, taking a closer look at our top 10 cities, let’s just be clear: this list may be completely scientifically proven and absolutely irrefutable (hah), but, really, it’s all in good fun. These aren’t bad places to live, so don’t get that idea.
If you’d like to see more than these top 10, feel free to head down to the bottom of the post for a look at our top 50. Otherwise, grab your top hat and cumberbund, because we’re heading to Coppell, where the well moneyed roam and the skies are not cloudy all day.
What could be snobbier than living in Dallas? Apparently, living in one of its suburbs—and we mean this in the nicest possible way.
Not only did Coppell have more college grads than any other Texas city (63.36 percent of residents had a college degree), it also had the 25th most private schools in the state, so you know a good education starts young here.
But that doesn’t necessarily make you a snob. What does make you a snob, though, are your fancy houses (the median home price here is $272,100, where in most places in the state it averages around $135,000), the median household income of $106,887 (again, average for the 100 cities we looked at is $56,984), and of course, the third most artsy theaters (sorry, theatres) per capita.
2. The Woodlands
When most people hear “Master-planned community,” images of cookie-cutter suburban houses with yellowing yards pop into their heads. Well, unless you live in the Woodlands. This community just outside of Houston is filled with beautiful McMansions, sprawling lawns, and if you find a yellowing yard, alert the neighborhood committee, because I am sure this is not allowed.
It was also filled with the fourth most private schools per capita, residents making bank at their jobs (bank, in case you’re wondering, means they make a median salary of $105,000), a whopping 59.3 percent of whom had college degrees.
Really, the only thing you’ll have trouble finding in the Woodlands is fast food, as it had the seventh fewest per capita in the state. Well that and yellow lawns.
It’s interesting—with all of the recent hubbub about our next city (ahem: Austin), it seems like people are forgetting about Plano. I mean, it was recently named the best place to live in the Western United States by CNN Money; it’s been named one of America’s safest cities; and its schools are constantly praised for their high test scores.
All of that is reason enough to feel a little superior about your hometown, but what really made this place a snob-fest was the high number of theatres (yes, I said theatres) per capita, the art galleries simply dotting the streets (paved in gold, of course), and the 53.98 percent of residents with college degrees.
Austin may not have had the high median household income that some of these cities did (here it is a mere $52,431), but it more than made up for this with the highest number of theaters and the fourth most art galleries per capita in the state.
But places like the Paramount, the Hideout, all of the Alamo Drafthouses, and of course the number of galleries and museums aren’t what made Austinites snobs—in fact, they just added to the awesome that is this city.
No, what made Austin snobby is something that wasn’t even included in our analysis, and that is the completely justified attitude that this is the best city in the universe, and please do not move here and ruin it with your newness. Thanks.
This one we’ll start out with a caveat: Not everyone in Richardson is a snob. In fact, there are probably plenty of non-snobby UT Dallas students who are just making ends meet, too busy keeping their heads above all of their assignments to even put in the effort of being a snob.
But if you’re an adult and living in Richardson? Yeah, you’re probably a snob. First of all, your home likely cost something around $200,000, as the median home price here was $183,500. You may even send your kids to one of the 12 private schools in the area or perhaps to an after school program at one of the many theaters in the city.
But that’s not a bad thing. In fact, Richardson had one of the highest percentages of college grads, so really, they’re doing something right. Even if their pinkies are up while they’re doing it.
6. Flower Mound
Out of all of the places we looked at, Flower Mound had the highest median household income, $118,725, along with the fourth highest median home price, $260,600.
Of course this might have just made it a wealthy city, which doesn’t necessarily make a place snobby—if it weren’t for the other factors as well. Said other factors: Flower Mound had the tenth most private schools per capita in the state—which is important, of course, to keep up said factor number two, the high percentage of residents with college degrees.
If cities were people, Friendswood would be like Karen Smith and The Woodlands and Sugar Land would be Regina George and Gretchen Weiners. These snobby communities all hang out together (near Houston
—which might be the Cady of the group), with this slight feeling of superiority and competition underlying it all.
And speaking of high school drama, Friendswood must have plenty. It had the 18th most private schools per capita in the state. Of course it seems like Mom and Dad can afford it, with the median household income of $102,811 and all.
8. Sugar Land
Ah, Sugar Land (a.k.a., Gretchen Weiners. Just go with it.) This city was not only one of the wealthiest, where the median household income was over $107,000, but it was also one of the fastest-growing in the state.
So what’s all the fuss about? Why are people clamouring to live in this city? It certainly wasn’t the low home prices, seeing as though the median home price here was $253,700. Perhaps it had to do with the well-cultured and slightly academic vibe of the place.
After all, 53.84 percent of folks here were college graduates, the city was home to some of the most theaters per capita, and with 17 private schools in the area, it had the second most per capita in the state.
Alright, Frisco, don’t get too big for your britches here. Yeah, we know you’ve been named one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S., one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and even Tree City USA, but did you know that…well, you’ve got a lot of fast food too.
Okay, we admit, you have some good reasons to feel proud of yourselves, if not downright snobby. Aside from the fast food thing, Frisco residents had the third highest median household income in the state ($108,428), had some of the most expensive homes, and an impressive 58.28 percent of them had college degrees.
So, sure maybe you’re a little snobby. But you’ve earned it.
Now, this city may not be as art snobby as, say, Austin, or have quite the number of theaters as…well, Austin—but it is certainly not exempt from from snobbery. Residents in Mansfield had the ninth highest salary in the state, which worked well for them, seeing as their homes were some of the most expensive (the median price here was close to $180,000).
This city also had a pretty high percentage of college grads—39.88 percent. Sure, that wasn’t as high as in Coppell, where it was over 63 percent, but it’s certainly a lot better than Socorro or San Juan, where it was less than 10. So feel free to go ahead and look down your noses at them.
Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That
So you’re from one of these 10 cities. So you’ve got money. Your kids’ education costs more than most peoples’ homes and “Big Mac” to you sounds like a four letter word. Does that make you a snob? Yes, yes it does.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.