Being smug or snobby is never considered a good thing. Though people who are smug may beg to differ. A study by Zippia claims to have the worst of the worst when it comes to the snobbiest states. Let us know what you think!

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How They Got These Numbers

The key things this study looked at are as follows:

  • Percent of the population with a bachelor’s degree
  • Percent of degree earners with a degree in arts and humanities
  • Number of Ivy League colleges
  • Gallons of wine consumed yearly

First, Zippia examined education using data from the ACS. They opted to find the overall percentage of the population in each state with a college degree. They went on to say,

While there are a lot of great things with college degrees and the arts, they also do increase the rate of snobbiness, scientifically. We then decided to incorporate the number of ivy league colleges in each state. Once again, an Ivy League education is great, but there is a understandable smug factor.

They really y did look at the wine numbers too.

To determine how much wine each state consumes, we took the gallons of table wine drank in each state according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. From there, we converted gallons into bottles, since that is the more standard purchase of wine. Roughly 1 gallon = 5 bottles of wine. However, since some states are home to a lot of people and others a lot less, we then took into account the number of bottles consumed per capita.


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The Snobbiest states

The top five most uptight, smug, snobbiest, or whatever you want to call it are,

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Vermont
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. New Hampshire

So where does Illinois land?

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Illinois is the 14th Most smug place in America

Just barely in the top 15. You can learn more about Illinois' ranking on this list here. Do you agree? Let us know on our App

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