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Massachusetts tops list of snobbiest states in US
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Massachusetts tops list of snobbiest states in US

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Among all 50 states, Massachusetts ranked the snobbiest.

That’s according to a list published by the career website Zippia, placing the Bay State at the top of the snobbiest states in the U.S.

Go here to see Zippia's map showing where each state ranks.

Massachusetts wasn’t the only state in New England to rank high on Zippia’s list, though. Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine were rated the second, third, fifth, sixth and ninth snobbiest states, respectively.

“Looks like the northeast may have a smug problem,” Zippia said.

Zippia, based in San Mateo, Calif., determined its ranking by looking at four areas: the percent of each state’s population with a college diploma, the percent of degree-earners with a degree in the arts and humanities, the number of Ivy League colleges in each state, and the average gallons of wine consumed yearly per resident.

To determine how much wine each state consumes, Zippia took the gallons of table wine drunk in each state according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and converted that number into bottles, since that is the more standard purchase of the beverage.

In Massachusetts, 24% of degree-holders have a degree in the arts and humanities, and the average number of bottles of wine consumed per year is 21.

“How do you tell someone went to Harvard? You don’t, but trust me, they’ll tell you,” Zippia wrote in its description about Massachusetts. “In addition to being home to a prestigiously smug university, Massachusetts is ridiculously more educated than the rest of the country and has a strong appreciation for wine. Sounds like a perfect breeding ground for snobbiness and artisanal cheese stands.”

The site’s list of the top 10 snobbiest states is:




New York

New Hampshire

Rhode Island





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