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A new report finds most live in these 12 cities.

By Erik Sherman
December 6, 2015

The United States is the richest, and most unequal, country in the world. And the money keeps rolling in, according to Capgemini’s new U.S. Wealth Report 2015

Wealth of high net worth individuals (HNWIs)–those with at least $1 million in investible assets–rose more than $1 trillion between 2013 and 2014, the report finds. That represents a growth of 9.4% to a total of $15.2 trillion. There were also more HNWIs than ever, with the total reaching 4.4 million, which was an 8.6% jump between 2013 and 2014. So where do you find America’s wealthiest? Where are they living?

Most —roughly two-thirds—are residing in one of the 12 following metro-area cities. (Update: this story has been updated to clarify that this report looked at metropolitan areas. Each city listed below includes the metro area.)


1. New York (metro area)

Super Moon rising over the Midtown Manhattan skyline on July 12, 2014 as viewed from Weehawken, NJ.
Photograph by Robert Barnes — Moment Editorial/Getty Images

Number of wealthy residents: 963,100
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 7.7%
Total wealth: $3.5 trillion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 8.8%


2. Los Angeles (metro area)

A general view of the skyline of central business district on February 19, 2013 in Beijing, China.
Photograph by Feng Li — Getty Images

Number of wealthy residents: 364,200
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 10.4%
Total wealth: $1.3 trillion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 11.5%


3. Chicago (metro area)

Downtown Chicago
Photograph by Jim Young — Reuters

Number of wealthy residents: 282,000
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 6.7%
Total wealth: $1.2 trillion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 7.8%


4. Washington, D.C. (metro area)

Photograph by Alex Wong — Getty Images

Number of wealthy residents: 236,100
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 7.0%
Total wealth: $957.3 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 8.1%


5. San Francisco (metro area)

San Francisco.
Photograph by Getty Images

Number of wealthy residents: 221,600
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 11.2%
Total wealth: $794.3 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 12.3%


6. Boston (metro area)

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Number of wealthy residents: 162,000
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 9.7%
Total wealth: $618.4 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 10.8%


7. Houston (metro area)

Houston.
Photograph by Gavin Hellier—Getty Images/Robert Harding World Imagery

Number of wealthy residents: 149,700
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 14%
Total wealth: $571.6 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 15.2%


8. Philadelphia (metro area)

Photograph by John Greim — Getty Images

Number of wealthy residents: 146,400
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 7.9%
Total wealth: $599.5 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 9.0%


9. San Jose (metro area)

San Jose, California
Photograph by Photographer Bernd Geh Bernd Geh

Number of wealthy residents: 136,400
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 11.4%
Total wealth: $505.4 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 12.5%


10. Dallas (metro area)

The skyline of Dallas, Texas
Photograph by Dan Huntley Getty Images/Moment RF

Number of wealthy residents: 126,000
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 11.2%
Total wealth: $513.1 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 12.4%


11. Detroit (metro area)

Detroit, Michigan
Spencer Platt—Getty Images

Number of wealthy residents: 116,200
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 7.4%
Total wealth: $468 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 8.5%


12. Seattle (metro area)

Seattle's new law will require all single-stall restrooms to be gender neutral.
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Number of wealthy residents: 98,500
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 12.1%
Total wealth: $348.0 billion
Percent growth from 2013 to 2014: 13.3%

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