San Francisco Named Snobbiest City in the U.S.

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It's official: we can no longer ride on the flowery coattails of our hippie past. San Francisco is now America's snobbiest city, according to an article by Travel & Leisure ranking the Bay's upper-crustiness above New York, Boston and the "exceptionally tidy" residents of Minneapolis. Seriously?

Well, we guess we saw it coming through the lenses of our Google glasses. Here are some other reasons we've reached the crème de la crème of American egotism:

- We're the second most expensive city to live in, behind Manhattan. That's absurd. When a single studio apartment in SOMA costs $1300 a month without a bathroom, you have to ask yourself if all the positive reinforcement on your new sundress from the homeless guy on your street corner is really worth it. And then hyperventilate when you start looking at costlier digs.

- We avoid tourist spots like the zombie apocalypse. Despite the fact that S.F. is full of legitimately fun places like Fisherman's Wharf and certain historical landmarks, most locals shrink from participating in the fun as soon as the souvenir carts start rolling in. On the bright side of snobbiness, that makes our local cultural hotspots all the hotter -- just take a look at:

- Our boutiques and restaurants. Travel & Leisure also lists us as the fourth best city for independent boutiques and fifth for fine dining establishments (although we're crazy snobby about pretty much everything food-related). Unfortunately, if you look up the "Free Attractions" list you'll find us at a measly number 14.

- We have a booming specialty scent business, and its name is an esoteric pun: "Cognoscenti," a heady blend of the term for "expert" and the smell-related one, obviously. The associates must be a little snub-nosed after so much time sniffing at imperfect customers and scent combos alike.

If you're still curious about the snobbiness of S.F., here's the list proclaiming us number one. Bring your own monocle.

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Snobbishness: A shield against being exposed for who/what you really are. Living in an urban environment doesn't make you cosmopolitan. The past few years has seen a large influx of people from rural America, flyover states and suburbs. Many of those people haven't a clue about interacting with people from different cultures, so they resort to the stony face or hide behind their gadgets. They appear as snobs when in fact they're rubes.

Chase Hoblitzell
Chase Hoblitzell

Travel anywhere in this country- to any city, and people will find something to bitch about. Humans: bitching since 9000BC

Chase Hoblitzell
Chase Hoblitzell

"an article by Travel & Leisure..." Seriously? Who cares? Why do people worry so much about the trivial decisions and judgements other people are making? What a waste of energy...

Juan De Santiago
Juan De Santiago

San Francisco is the snobbiest and most racist area I've ever been to. I'm from Kern County, and people are better there!

Allen Garcia
Allen Garcia

maybe theyre just talking about Berkeley.

Emma Segasture
Emma Segasture

with good reason :) a lovely city full of lovely people and lovely culture :)

Bryan Bibey
Bryan Bibey

i live here and i simply adore the scenery, yet i can't say the same for the people. snobs everywhere.

Quest Henkart
Quest Henkart

has the writer of this article BEEN to LA or Orange County?

Sandra Tasca
Sandra Tasca

Whoever believes that we are the snobbiest city in the country has never traveled to our east coast.

Russell D. Kurson
Russell D. Kurson

As a native, it must reflect the newer arrivals. As an apartment building owner, people that are too self-important, or that wave money around at open houses, are excluded from renting from us.

Emiel Buis
Emiel Buis

Never had that impression the dozen or so visits I had there ... Always kind, friendly and helpful ...

Rene Francois
Rene Francois

hahahahaha damn!! that's why i spend most of my time in the bay area in Oaktown and Berkeley

Carl Tee
Carl Tee

In case you missed it, who cares?

Paul Varga
Paul Varga

What's this WE stuff? I don't make enough money to be a snob. Simple test: If you shop at Mollie Stone's, you're a snob.. and an idiot for paying that much for groceries.

julesP.
julesP.

Travel&Leisure magazine is only talking about specific sections of the city. I'm sure the 'journalists' come to the city with a big wad of money in their pockets and "experience" the city. 

There are so many places in the city to escape this snobbiness. If you don't like hipsters find a neighborhood where you don't have to deal with them. There are many underground communities too. Hippies are dead? Maybe hippies can't exist anymore because we don't live in the 60's but the spirit is definitely still here. You just have to put some effort in finding it.

Also, because some parts of SF are relatively educated some people might feel like people are condescending when they express their knowledge. Does that reveal more about the character of the city or the sense of inferiority that some people can (but should not) feel? 

michiko.mcclure
michiko.mcclure

meh - these are all things that someone who lives in a crappy city would say.

Nick Field
Nick Field

Everyone complains about tech yuppy VC hipsters, but no one complains about the "Human or dog?" game I get to play every day. I'd rather have a snobby self entitled hipster than Mr. Screaming-At-The-Ground-For-No-Reason and "The world is my toilet, spare some change?"

Rabbits Electricavenue
Rabbits Electricavenue

walking around with a sense of entitlement as if it is their street, restaurant, beach, pier usually will receive an entertaining reaction from me =)

Bryan Bibey
Bryan Bibey

i live here and i can say most people are snobbish in sf. :/

Kevin Chang
Kevin Chang

Better to be a snob than to be snubbed.

Saavik Wilcox-Hamilton
Saavik Wilcox-Hamilton

@Jorge P. González: No, this is what happens when beta males from SV get money...revenge of the nerds.

Alex Dierkx
Alex Dierkx

After reading the reasons it has been dubbed "snobby" I'm not sure I see it as derogatory. Sure high rent is awful, but that is because everyone wants to live there. The Bay Area is truly the best place in the world to live.

Fadwa Milad Asaad
Fadwa Milad Asaad

I guess so. Been here for 6 months, I expected more friendiness. But haven't met impolite or disrespectful people on the other hand! So over all people r nice with tendency to snob sometimes & eagerness for money making all the times :)

Raj Dee
Raj Dee

Yes, San Franciscan's are snobby and love money.

Curtis Chiappini
Curtis Chiappini

If I were to describe the majority of the people I come in contact with in the bay area with 1 word, it would be: Pretentious. So this finding comes as no surprise to me >.

Joel Marcos Gallegos
Joel Marcos Gallegos

Not unless you are a working class stiff or immigrant or person of color who lives surrounded by pretentious hipsters, in that case you probably are cool as all hell!

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

To all the start-up, VC, next big app, hipster, über vegan, tree huggin snobby ass, Mission trollin' mother f@#%$ ...GTFO!!!

Dan Verel
Dan Verel

It's a combination of the tech douches and Marin yuppies who work in the city.

Christopher Buttner
Christopher Buttner

It's not called 'America's Favorite City" for no good reason. San Francisco is to America what Amsterdam is to Europe.

Jon Schroeder
Jon Schroeder

It does make perfect sense, they might as well include Marin and just the say the snobbiest area code is the 415

Christopher Buttner
Christopher Buttner

Well, to put it bluntly, every time a friend from out-of-state or the Bay Area asks why I don't visit, I respond, "Because then I will have to reenter the United States."

Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson

Smuggest, maybe. These metrics about "snobbiest" - most coffee shops, realy?

Shelley Kimball
Shelley Kimball

I completely disagree. I have lived in a lot places across the US and San Francisco is the LEAST snobby city I have ever lived in!

Patrick Tiongson
Patrick Tiongson

We're the most gay-friendly city and also the snobbiest... There's gotta be considerable overlap in those two to be weeded out too.

Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson

That's what happens when the Marina people invade the city....

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