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Charleston ranked one of 'America's Snobbiest Cities'

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Charleston was named one of the "Snobbiest Cities in America." (Courtesy: Emily Landeen) Charleston was named one of the "Snobbiest Cities in America." (Courtesy: Emily Landeen)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- According to the magazine Travel and Leisure, Charleston is one of America's snobbiest cities. Charleston ranked tenth on a list of 20 cities.

According to the magazine's description, "That refined, Old Charleston drawl may have you instinctively calling the locals 'ma'am' and 'sir.' The city seems to be owning its genteel attitude, too: the hot lunch spot these days is Slightly North of Broad, which combines locally sourced southern fare with innovative cuisine, and cheekily goes by the acronym SNOB."

This new ranking certainly has people talking.

"I was born and raised here. I'm actually a little surprised by being a snobbiest city," said Jonathan Kish, Chief Financial Officer of 82 Queen and Lowcountry Bistro. "I like to think it's a nice quaint town."

"I feel like Charleston is the exact opposite of a snobby city," said Josh Bell, who works at M. Dumas & Sons. "We have tourists come in here from all over the country who actually compliment us on how friendly a city Charleston is and how hospitable everyone here is."

High end shopping is one of the reasons why the city made the list. The other is the Southern cuisine.

"We are definitely proud of our food," said Kish. "Downtown can be a very high priced food but you can get some of the best food in the world you know in downtown Charleston."

And it seems to be one of the main things that reel in tourists.

"The food is one of the reasons we came here," said Nora Colangelo, who is visiting from Long Island, NY. "We have had one memorable meal after another and everything has been fabulous."

Suzanne Avena is here on vacation from New York City -- the second snobbiest city in the country.

"Everybody's in a hurry there, including myself, ourselves, when we go to work everyday and there's a lot less eye contact," said Avena. "People say hello to each other on the streets here and that certainly is not going to happen in Manhattan."

But all the tourists we talked to felt like snobby wasn't a good description for the city.

"I can't imagine everybody has been super friendly, super helpful. We like it here," said Gail Cinelli, who is visiting from Long Island.

The list was compiled based on cities that have a reputation for snobbish residents, in addition to high-end shopping and cultural offerings like classical music and theater.

The magazine also looked at modern definition of elitism, citing things like tech-savviness, artisan coffeehouses, and a conspicuous eco-consciousness.

San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Seattle and Chicago also made this list.

To view the complete list of cities, visit Travel and Leisure's website.

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