Pop Your Collar: San Francisco Ranks First for Preppiest Cities

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Riddle me this: When was the last time you saw someone in San Francisco wearing a pink polo shirt (collar up!), khaki pants held tight by a black leather woven belt and Lacoste penny loafers?

That's what we thought.

Cable-knit vests and all things J. Crew somehow don't register as typical San Francisco, unless they're mixed and matched with over-sized moth-eaten sweaters, discolored skinny jeans and an air of irony. Beanies and hoodies just don't scream polo match.

The folks at Motovo Real Estate don't seem to agree with our observations and rank San Francisco as the preppiest city in the United States, edging out such Oxford-wearing heavyweights like Boston and Scottsdale, AZ.

Wait. Rewind. Did they really rank Scottsdale, AZ number two and Honolulu, HI number three? Forgive the ignorance, but Lilo & Stitch isn't quite The Social Network as far as prep is concerned.

It's time for some clarity. Motovo considered the following when compiling their list:

  • Number of preppy clothing retailers per capita
  • Country clubs per capita
  • Equestrian centers per capita
  • Private schools per capita
  • Presence of boarding/preparatory schools
  • Percentage of college graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Median household income

It all makes a little more sense now. San Francisco is renowned for private school education and many residents do prefer the sockless Tommy Hillfiger-style.

We feel though for our brothers and sisters in Boston -- the only New England city to make the list. We're all too familiar with the sting of not coming in first.

Somewhere in San Francisco, the Lacoste crocodile grins.

The full list of the U.S.'s preppiest cities are on the Movoto site.

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Shelly Taylor
Shelly Taylor

Correct Galser. I went through college and had a working class job while living in many areas of the city, including Dolores Park, Nopa, the Mission. Never once could I not find a nice place to rent on an okay salary. I was surrounded by all types of folks..musicians, artists, drinkers, students, regular folks with regular jobs, for over 15 years. Sad that the only people that can afford to enjoy SF now are the rich. Just depressing..

John Lilly
John Lilly

Preppies are just hipsters with careers.

Sherry Adams Babin
Sherry Adams Babin

Maybe this is just due to all the America's Cup fans being in town!

Galser Marcos
Galser Marcos

Go try to find a place to live anywhere but the sunset and bayview that you can afford.. it's pretty much the whole city now. All vestiges of what san francisco used to be have been bought and repacked for the rich to consume and pretend they are a part of some long dead SF culture.

Galser Marcos
Galser Marcos

or the mission, or hayes valley, or NoPa, or the SoMa.

Kevin Garcia
Kevin Garcia

Riiiiiiight...they must have conducted this "study" in the Marina.

Rich Cairney
Rich Cairney

If I may quote my 10-year-old grandson: "Collar up, bro."

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Where, in the Marina? I don't see it in SF but I avoid the Marina for the most part.

Camera, cup & journal
Camera, cup & journal

not surprised. take a stroll along Embarcadero from AT&T Park up to the Ferry Building between 11 & 2, both sides of the street. not to mention the advertising along the way.

Lou Kief
Lou Kief

If this is indeed true, then it's a fact: The gay people have left the city!

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