Scottsdale ranks fourth on list of 10 snobbiest cities


Scottsdale has joined the ranks of San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu on a list of America’s 10 Snobbiest Big Cities.

But is this an insult or a compliment?

At first, Scottsale’s No. 4 ranking may appear to be a dig against the “West’s Most Western Town.”

But if you look at the criteria the Movoto Real Estate Blog used to compile the list, it turns out to be high praise.

Scottsdale and the other other “snobby” cities share enviable qualities.

Residents are well educated and well paid. Their homes have high median prices. There are more private schools and art galleries and fewer fast-food restaurants.

“Most of these are wealthy communities with many opportunities for work, education, and culture,” the blog says. “Heck, we’d probably be pleased as punch to live in any one of these.”

Rick Kidder, president and CEO of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, said cities on the list share positive attributes.

“It makes us closely related to the most enviable places to live,” Kidder said. “We find ourselves in excellent company.”

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said the city’s excellent attributes don’t equate to a snobby citizenry.

“The criteria used to create this list – property values, income, education, arts and culture – are all signs of a thriving community, and Scottsdale is certainly thriving,” Lane said.

“But I don’t think they automatically equate to the label ‘snob.’ If you ask the 220,000 people who live in Scottsdale, and the millions who choose to visit Scottsdale every year, I think they’ll say that this is a friendly and welcoming community that offers an uncommon quality of life.”

Residents elsewhere have jokingly called Scottsdale such hoity toity names as “Snotsdale” or the “Beverly Hills of the Desert.”

Chandler, the only other Arizona city on a larger list of 50 snobby big cities, came in No. 43.

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It’s people who don’t live in the cities that make fun of them, the Movoto Real Estate Blog says.

“You’re not alone,” the Movoto Real Estate Blog says. “In fact, there are whole cities of people like you who are likely to be called snobby by non-residents.”

Scottsdale’s median household income was the sixth highest in the country at $71,564, according to the blog. The median home price was the 12th highest at $457,700.

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

Using 2010 U.S. Census data, Movoto compiled a list of the top 100 largest cities, then used the following criteria to rank them:

– 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)

Here is the list of the nation’s Top 10 Snobbiest Big Cities:

1. San Francisco

2. Washington, D.C.

3. Seattle

4. Scottsdale

5. Oakland

6. Portland

7. Irvine, Calif. (tie)

7. Honolulu (tie)

9. Madison

10. Atlanta

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2014/09/05/scottsdale-ranks-no-4-on-list-of-10-snobbiest-cities-in-america/15125855/