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Travel magazine readers name Tampa one of the nation's snobbiest cities

Tampa ranks sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
Tampa ranks sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
Published Oct. 14, 2014

Tampa? Snobby?

Readers of Travel + Leisure apparently think so, ranking Tampa sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America.

New York was first, Miami second and Los Angeles third.

Orlando also made the list at No. 20 — because nothing says snobby like Goofy, right?

Travel + Leisure said Tampa was a newcomer to the list this year. Their article almost reads like something from the character Stefon from Saturday Night Live.

"Every sophisticated city needs a SoHo, and in Tampa, it's South of Howard," the article reads. "The upscale Southside delivers good people-watching and dolphin-watching along Bayshore Boulevard. It's also where you'll find the Epicurean Hotel, which has a wine shop and a cheeky dessert shop called Chocolate Pi, and faces local institution Bern's Steak House."

(Ahem, one problem with that description: It's South Howard, not South of Howard, which runs north-south.)

The article continues: "Readers also acknowledged Tampa for its cleanliness, giving locals another reason to feel superior."

Hey, if the fact that we can clean up after ourselves makes us snobs, so be it.