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America's Snobbiest Cities

America’s Snobbiest Cities: Kansas City

Ian Dagnall / Alamy

No. 12 Kansas City

It’s hard to accuse this Missouri city of being hoity-toity when it also ranked No. 1 for affordability. Perhaps readers were just wowed by the City of Fountains’ top-notch museums, the posh shopping around Country Club Plaza, and that certain midwestern reserve. Locals do have an excellent reason to throw their weight around: they won the survey, again, for their barbecue. For the best burnt ends, local purists prefer local BBQ institutions such as Gates Bar-B-Q and Arthur Bryant’s.

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