7th snobbiest? Who, us?

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Frequent Movoto real estate blog? OK, neither do we. But a list published on their site about the country's 10 most snobby small cities caught our eye. Why? Because Oak Park is seventh on the list. 

"If locals aren't catching brunch at Hemmingway's Bistro, you might be able to find them strolling through one of the numerous art galleries in the area, the sixth most per capita on our list," writes blogger Laura Allen.

The town's affinity for fine art along with the number of private schools and the fact that over 60 percent of the village's population has a college degree was enough, according to Allen, to qualify Oak Park for the list. 

Oak Park, however, is just a little less snooty than Hoboken, New Jersey, where the household average income is over $100,000, about $30K more than Oak Park. With numbers like that, how could Allen forget about River Forest? In 2012 the average household income there was $115,000.

But never fear, "California reigns supreme in the elitism department." Palo Alto, California was number one on the list.

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Email: ashley@oakpark.com Twitter: @aadlisenby

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Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 26th, 2014 12:32 AM

Snobbery indicates closed minded hypocrites - how in hell did anyone beat us out?

Brian Slowiak from Westchester  

Posted: July 25th, 2014 9:00 AM

@ JBM: There are still plenty of pigeons in Oak Park.

John Murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 11:13 AM

Snobbery is not about wealth or stature. It is about state of mind. It is diverse. It lacks charm and is boring.

Winter Skye from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 10:55 AM

It's really not just income levels. It's edumacation, too. As well as the demographic that moves into a particular area. RF seems more down-to-earth--at least these days--than OP. There is certainly a pretentious, elitest vibe in OP but it's pretty much fronting. I cannot understand why we don't have a bunch of indie coffee houses and vegetarian restaurants here! It makes no sense that we have a West Loop vibe yet a Berwyn-made-good reality...

John Murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 10:52 AM

OP jumped from 14th place to 7th place when it got rid of all its pigeons.

New2OP  

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 9:40 AM

That article is an outrage!! I would have figured OP for at least 3rd!

Jim Bob from Oak Park  

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 9:00 AM

What a goofy piece. The criterion: Fast food restaurants per capita (the more the better) in the ranking makes absolutely no sense. Here are the other criteria: -Median home price (the higher the better) -Median household income (the higher the better) -Percent of population with a college degree (the higher the better) -Private schools per capita (the more the better) -Performing arts per capita (the more the better) -Art galleries per capita (the more the better) -Fast food restaurants per

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