Somewhere in Beacon Hill a blue-blooded Bostonian with a PhD in cartography is choking on his blueberry bliss rooibos tea, flinging his copy of Travel + Leisure magazine down on his Brazilian Rosewood desk and bellowing, "How dare they!"
That's because Travel + Leisure has named Boston the third snobbiest city in the nation, coming in behind ultra-into-themselves San Francisco and hoity-toity New York City.
The magazine came to the conclusions by asking readers to rank 20 major metropolitan areas across the nation by elitist markers such as arts and culture, fashion sense, tech-savviness, high-end retail shops, eco-consciousness and coffeehouses.
It seems Boston's conceitedness is due to brains and books.
According to the magazine:
"In this college town steeped in history, visitors may detect a certain air of superiority: after all, the locals rank near the top for their Ivy League–worthy brains and for supporting old-school culture, such as the symphony. On Harvard Square, you can tap into that brainpower by browsing high-concept bookstores—from Grolier Poetry Bookshop to Schoenhof’s Foreign Books. But there is one realm where Bostonians falter: their driving, which ranked near the bottom of the survey."
Ahh, beauty and brains - it's good to be a Bostonian.
San Francisco came in first thanks to its fine dining, ethnic cuisine, galleries and expensive boutiques. New York grabbed second place due to its theater and arts scene as well as its fashion sense. Other cities to make the list include Minneapolis, Santa Fe, Seattle, Chicago, Providence and Washington, D.C.