Snobby Cities: Mill Valley, Palo Alto…
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a snob as one, who “tends to criticize, reject, or ignore people who come from a lower social class, have less education, are less pretty, have fewer degrees, etc.” It’s a chosen state of being, not one you are born with. I bet you know one or two snobs. Have you ever been the victim of snobby behavior? Or, can you possibly be a bit of a snob yourself?
I know a few and sadly, according to a recent report, the city where I live is the snobbiest city in California. Oh my! Not that I am surprised, just saddened. The irony is that Northern California is often touted as the most liberal, progressive, and tolerant part of the entire United States. I would imagine, that assessment was started by someone who lives in the Bay Area. Of the top snobby California cities 6 are in the Bay Area;l 2 are in Marin County; 2 in Los Angeles County, and 2 in Orange County. Mill Valley even beat out Malibu and Beverly Hills in terms of most snobby.
If you happen to live in California, there are 10 cities to avoid if you are bothered by snobbery, according roadsnacks.net, a website that uses “data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine the dirt on places across the country.”
1. Mill Valley
2. Palo Alto
4. Los Gatos
5. Beverly Hills
7. San Carlos
8. San Anselmo
9. Newport Beach
10. Laguna Beach
The website used the following criteria to determine snobbiness. (The higher the number the snobbier!)
• Median home price
• Median household income
• Percent of population with a college degree
• Private schools per capita
• Theaters per capita
• Art galleries per capita
Do you live, work or visit these cities, and if you do, do you agree with the analysis? Are there any other cities you believe should be on this exclusive list?
Of course, snobiness isn’t exclusive to California, there are people everywhere who walk around with their noses in the air. And running into these people is never pleasant. In all seriousness, snobiness is a character flaw and a sign of low self-esteem – definitely not an Esteemable Act!
So, how do you combat snobiness? I would say the best way is to pursue your dreams and begin living the life you truly want. And let me tell you, you don’t need to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to accomplish this, and you sure don’t need the approval of others, especially the snobs.
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