the right side of the tracks

the right side of the tracks

A part of a town or city that is wealthier or better off than other parts (and is usually safer or more desirable as a result). "Tracks" refers to railroad tracks, which are sometimes thought of as demarcating different economic areas of a town. Just because you're family grew up on the right side of the tracks doesn't make you better than me! His mother only wanted him dating girls from the right side of the tracks.
See also: of, right, side, track

right side of the tracks

The desirable part of town, as in They were relieved to learn that his fiancée came from the right side of the tracks. This expression alludes to the fact that when a railroad ran through a town, it often divided the prosperous neighborhoods from the poor ones. The latter district was called the wrong side of the tracks, as in The children from the wrong side of the tracks often came to school without having eaten breakfast . Today these terms are considered snobbish. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: of, right, side, track