The dictionary defines a snob as "one who blatantly imitates, fawningly admires, or vulgarly seeks association with those regarded as social superiors."

It goes on to say that a snob tends to avoid and ignore those they perceive as inferior while having offensive air superiority about themselves. That certainly sounds like a far cry from 'Minnesota Nice'.

However, despite Minnesota's jovial reputation, a recent study discovered Minnesota is far from a snob-free state and snobs tend to lurk where you least expect them to be. I was shocked to see this study discovered that a majority of the snobbiest places in Minnesota are small cities.

How Did They Determine Where The Snobbiest Cities Are In Minnesota?

Snobs can come in many variations such as wine snobs, coffee snobs, book snobs, tech snobs, etc. To determine where the snobbiest places are in Minnesota, the study measured what they deemed as 'snobby things'.

Of course, you need real data. You can't just call a place snobby because they made fun of your jeans shorts when you stopped for gas. Besides, I firmly believe that "jorts" are about to make a comeback.

The data they utilized was from Saturday Night Science as they looked at factors such as the number of expensive homes, high incomes, and overly educated populations by city in Minnesota.

They next analyzed 145 of the state’s most populous areas over 5,000 people, to come up with their ranking of the ten snobbiest places in Minnesota.

What Are The 10 Snobbiest Cites In Minnesota

Below are the 10 snobbiest cities in the state, along with some key statistics that help earn their ranking. Please take this list with a grain of salt as it doesn't mean fine people who reside in these cities are all snobby.

10. Chanhassen

  • Population: 25,868
  • % Highly Educated: 64.0%
  • Median Income: $131,633
  • Median Home Price: $509,790

9. Mendota Heights

    • Population: 11,642
    • % Highly Educated: 68.0%
    • Median Income: $129,800
    • Median Home Price: $515,905

8. Edina

  • Population: 53,037
  • % Highly Educated: 71.0%
  • Median Income: $125,506
  • Median Home Price: $598,918

7. Lake Elmo

  • Population: 11,861
  • % Highly Educated: 61.0%
  • Median Income: $158,269
  • Median Home Price: $616,212
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6. Victoria

  • Population: 10,681
  • % Highly Educated: 68.0%
  • Median Income: $179,515
  • Median Home Price: $552,013

5. Minnetrista

  • Population: 8,347
  • % Highly Educated: 71.0%
  • Median Income: $162,474
  • Median Home Price: $660,620

4. Orono

  • Population: 8,223
  • % Highly Educated: 69.0%
  • Median Income: $173,209
  • Median Home Price: $1,019,638

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3. Shorewood

  • Population: 7,722
  • % Highly Educated: 72.0%
  • Median Income: $163,525
  • Median Home Price: $717,403

2. Medina

  • Population: 6,746
  • % Highly Educated: 71.0%
  • Median Income: $202,153
  • Median Home Price: $797,015

1. North Oaks

  • Population: 5,193
  • % Highly Educated: 71.0%
  • Median Income: $235,714
  • Median Home Price: $876,362

There you have it, North Oaks, a city 10 miles north of St. Paul in Ramsey County came out as the snobbiest in this study.

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I'm sure North Oaks and other cities on this list are filled with great people and they're rightfully proud to live in their communities. They just know they're better than you.

Sold! Original Hartley Family Mansion In Duluth Was First Listed At $1,399,900

Duluth has its fair share of historic properties, but it's not very often they are listed for sale. However, one such property, built in 1915, hit the market on March 31, 2023.

An original Hartley Family Mansion, full of history and charm, is situated in a picturesque location offering stunning views of Lake Superior. The mansion features 8,000 square feet of living space offering 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and a detached one-bedroom carriage house above the two-stall garage that is licensed as a rental if so desired.

The seemingly endless impressive list of features includes:

  • A formal dining room is perfect for hosting lavish dinners and entertaining guests.
  • An updated kitchen complete with granite counters, new appliances, a large walkthrough pantry, and a butler's pantry with green onyx counters. A chef's dream!
  • An updated 1100 square foot patio, which provides great views of Lake Superior and is perfect for outdoor entertaining.
  • A second-floor master bedroom suite that features a luxurious master closet and bathroom. This floor also features a recently updated shower room, 4 additional bedrooms, and 3 additional baths.
  • A third floor with 3 more bedrooms, another bath, and ample storage.
This Hartley Family Manion was originally listed for $1,399,900, but it would ultimately sell for less. Take a look through this wonderful property and you'll see the final purchase price.

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