Now this is a list I can get behind. Iowa gets called a lot of things, but smug and snobby are never really one of them.  A study by Zippia recently looked at the most and least snobby states in America.

I am proud to say Iowa is one of the least Snobby States in the USA.

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The 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 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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Iowa is in the top 10 LEAST Snobbiest States

On a list looking at the snobbiest states, Iowa ranked 43rd. That means we are the 8th least snobby state in America. Way to go Iowa! the state that goth 50th (so the least snobby) was West Virginia.

So What Are The Snobbiest states?

Just in case you want to avoid these states in the future. Here are the top five snobbiest states in the great country of America...

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

All these numbers were gathered by Zippia, so if you live in one of those states... ask to see their manager, not mine.

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