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RI and Mass. Ranked Among the "Snobbiest" States

Let’s face it, there are people out there who are just snobs, thinking they are better than everyone else, whether it be because they are smarter, richer, more educated, etc. And it’s no secret there are some parts of the country considered snobbier than others, and now a new report reveals where you’re likely to encounter snobs the most. However, according to a recent survey, we here in New England are among the snobbiest folks in the U.S.

It's important to note that this survey wasn't based on attitudes, it was based on education and refinement. Here's the scoop...

  • The career site Zippia has come out with their picks for the Snobbiest States in the U.S.
  • They determined their list based on four criteria:
    • Percent of population with a bachelor’s degree
    • Percent of degree earners with a degree in arts and humanities
    • Number of Ivy League colleges
    • Gallons of wine consumed yearly (considered the snobbiest drink)
  • Topping the list as the snobbiest state in the U.S. is Massachusetts, which statistically, is also among the most affluent states in the country.
  • Massachusetts also boasts 42.9% of their population holding a college degree, with 24% having arts or humanities degrees.
  • As for wine, the average Mass resident drinks 21 gallons per year. 

Top Ten Snobbiest States in the U.S.

  1. Massachusetts (Home of Harvard)
  2. Vermont
  3. Connecticut (Home of Yale)
  4. New York (Home of Cornell and Columbia)
  5. New Hampshire (Home of Dartmouth College)
  6. Rhode Island (Home of Brown)
  7. California
  8. Oregon
  9. Maine
  10. Virginia

50. West Virginia

Click hereto check out the full survey.

As for the least snobby state, that honor goes to West Virginia, where only 20% of adults have college diplomas and 19% are arts or humanities degrees. Folks in West Virginia also only consume 3 gallons of wine a year. 

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