So much for Midwestern charm. Apparently, Kansas City has its nose stuck up in the air.
At least, thats what Travel + Leisure readers said in the magazines annual survey of Americas snobbiest cities. Kansas City tied for No. 14 on the list, sharing a spot with Philadelphia.
But the ranking doesnt necessarily speak ill for Kansas City. Although readers took into consideration each citys reputation for aloof and smarty-pants residents, they also considered the amount of high-end shopping, the number of cultural opportunities, such as classical music and the theater, how tech-savvy and eco-conscious the residents are and even how many artisanal coffee houses there are.
According to the magazine, Kansas Citys trio of big museums and the Kauffman Centerhome to the citys symphony, ballet, and operaare proof that this city cares about more than just its famed barbecue.
One bonus in Kansas Citys favor is that the cultural attractions are pretty reasonably priced, according to the magazine. In its 2012 survey of Americas favorite cities, Travel + Leisure readers named Kansas City the most affordable city in the U.S. to visit and second-most affordable city to live in. 20 cities were ranked.