Washington and Harvard Streets in Brookline Village. Photo: John Phelan/Wiki Commons.
Movoto Real Estate Blog has ranked Brookline as the third snobbiest small city in the nation, coming in after Palo Alto, Calif., which ranked first, and Bethesda, Md., which came in second.
The blog compiled a list of places in the US with populations between 45,000 and 65,000 people, then took data from the US Census and business listings, focusing on criteria they considered “snobby.”
Home prices, income, college degrees, performance art, and private schools were among the criteria examined.
Movoto then "ranked each place in each category from one to 309, with scores closer to one being better and more snobby. Once we had that, we averaged each place’s rankings into one Big Deal Score. The place with the number closest to one for that score became our snobbiest place."
With a median home price of $681,900, its boast worthy accomplishment of having one of the oldest country clubs in the world, and its lack of fast food restaurants, Brookline had no trouble earning its place at the top of the list.
The full ranking is as follows:
1. Palo Alto, CA 2. Bethesda, MD 3. Brookline, MA 4. San Rafael, CA 5. Walnut Creek, CA 6. Hoboken, NJ 7. Oak Park, IL 8. Encinitas, CA (tie) 8. Rockville, MD (tie) 10. Laguna Niguel, CA