Iowa City didn't make the list -- it didn't even make the Top 100(!!) --, but neighboring Coralville, IA, earned second place on the list of snobbiest cities in Iowa. Here is how they decided that Coralville is number two:
Just outside of Iowa City is the medium sized city of Coralville. Here, they have just about the largest homes in the state. And if putting your kids in private school is a snobbish action, than Coralville is snob central. They have just about more private schools in the area than anywhere else in Iowa.Frankly, I'm not aware of too many private schools in Coralville. There's the Montessori School of Iowa City (which, interestingly, is actually in Coralville) and there's a private Christian school. I don't know of any other private schools.
Coralville also has its fair share of other snooty activities, including theaters and arts related activities. And don’t even try and get into an academic discussion about ballet with a Coralville resident. See, they’re the 2nd smartest in the entire state. Nearly 6 in 10 of them has a college degree.
It makes sense that the community is well-educated. The University of Iowa in over in Iowa City; not to mention the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Mercy Hospital. All three attract highly educated professionals -- who then move over to Coralville to purchase expensive properties with slightly lower property taxes.
I first learned of this 10 Snobbiest Cities in Iowa chart from KGAN. They went over to the third snobbiest city in Iowa (i.e., Mount Vernon) to get reactions. Nobody agreed with their designation, but this one person tried to shove their collective snob onto Iowa City... Because that's how snobby Mount Vernon can be, I guess:
Gretchen Rhee-Robinson says she recently moved here from Des Moines and questions the criteria for a snobby town. As she sits on a downtown bench with a number of people stopping to chat and scratch the head of her German Shepard Frieda, she says the label just doesn’t fit, “ Well I’m surprised Iowa City isn’t on here. But Mount Vernon, I can’t believe that’s number three. People are really nice here. “Here is the complete Top Ten List of Snobby Cities in Iowa:
1. Windsor Heights
3. Mount Veronon
5. West Des Moines