Pinkies up: Scottsdale picked as one of America’s snobbiest cities

PHOENIX — Well la-dee-dah. One Valley city apparently thinks it’s simply the place to be.

According to real estate blog Movoto, Scottsdale, Ariz., is the fourth-snobbiest city in the nation.

The idea may be tough to quantify, but Movoto offered this as its reasoning:

Scottsdale comes in high on our list for its tons and tons of galleries per capita, plus some of the most expensive real estate in the nation.

We crunched the numbers. Scottsdale had a population of 223,514 in 2012 and about 125 galleries, yielding an average of one gallery per 1,788 people.

But does a prevalence of art alone really make a city snobby? Apparently not, as Movoto also considered median home price, median income, percent of population with college degree, number of private and performance arts schools, art galleries and, oddly, fast food locations.

The blog also had this to say about Scottsdale:

There’s a reason Scottsdale is (affectionately?) referred to as Snotsdalethis is where Beverly Hills meets the Old West minus the whole dirt and grime thing.

What makes it such a nice place? The people, really. Of the nearly 220,000 residents, 52.69 percent of them have graduated from college.

This has apparently worked out pretty well for them, seeing as the median household income in Scottsdale was the sixth highest in the country at $71,564 and the median home price was the 12th highest at $457,700.

All that seems pretty logical to us, save for the whole “Snotsdale” bit, but there’s more to Scottsdale than that. Let’s not forget the city has the nation’s largest population of those 65 and up. Appreciating the finer things in life after retiring hardly makes one a snob, right?

Also, we shouldn’t leave out the Scottsdale farmer (yes, they have farmers) who is working to turn golf courses into a farm.

Oh, did we also mention it has some of the best public golf courses in the world? Just saying.

At least Scottsdale was fourth. It lost (won?) to San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.

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