Capgemini Announces 2010 U.S. Metro Wealth Index

HNWI Population in the Top Ten U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas Increased by 17.5 Percent - Highest Rate of Growth in Last Four Years

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Capgemini's Edward Merchant explains the U.S. Metro Wealth Index and what it means for wealth management firms.

NEW YORK--()--Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced the results of the Capgemini 2010 U.S. Metro Wealth Index, which monitors populations of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs)1 within the top ten United States metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). According to the Index, the population of HNWIs in the top ten MSAs increased 17.5 percent in 2009, the highest growth rate in the last four years. Those MSAs with the greatest HNWI population gains in 2009 were also those that had the largest drop in HNWI population in 2008.

New York City continued to top the Index and had more HNWIs than the next top three MSAs - Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. - combined. California hosted three of the ten largest MSA populations of HNWIs, including Los Angeles (ranked two), San Francisco (ranked five) and San Jose (ranked ten). In addition, Houston (ranked nine) had the strongest growth rate in its HNWI population.

While many of the MSAs in the Index continued to occupy the same ranking as they did in 2008, Philadelphia moved up to number six in the ranking for 2009, pushing Boston to the number seven position. This change in rankings was due to the fact that Philadelphia was among the least impacted metros in terms of economic factors such as rise in unemployment, decline in real estate prices and per capita income. In addition, Houston moved up to the number nine ranking, pushing San Jose down to number ten.

“In today’s volatile market, the Metro Wealth Index serves as a resource for advisers and wealth management firms who are looking to understand the trends affecting high net worth individuals in specific U.S. markets,” said Edward R. Merchant, Solutions Leader, Capital Markets, for Capgemini Financial Services. “Through Capgemini’s wealth management expertise and sizing capabilities, we allow firms to better understand the opportunities that exist in different regions and help shape their strategy accordingly.”

The Capgemini U.S. Metro Wealth Index leverages Capgemini’s custom market sizing modeling capability and is designed to help wealth management firms understand the scale and potential of different markets in order to identify new growth opportunities or adjust an existing footprint in specific regions. Wealth management firms can benefit from such analysis as it provides details on the dynamics and growth of potential markets and client segments, as well as insights on future trends.

The complete results for the top ten U.S. MSAs are included in the visual below. Capgemini has more than a decade of market sizing experience through client projects and on the industry leading World Wealth Report. For more information on market sizing engagements, please contact

Additional information about the Capgemini U.S. Metro Wealth Index can be found here.

2009 Rank by #HNWIs

(2008 in parentheses)


US Metro Area Adult

Population (k)


2007 HNWI

Population (k)


2008 HNWI

Population (k)


2009 HNWI

Population (k)


2007-08 HNWI

Growth (%)


2008-09 HNWI

Growth (%)

1 (1)   New York
  650.1   561.8   667.2   -13.6%   18.7%
2 (2)   Los Angeles
  253.3   208.2   235.8   -17.8%   13.3%
3 (3)   Chicago
  205.4   172.2   198.1   -16.2%   15.1%
4 (4)   Washington D.C.
  151.9   127.7   152.4   -15.9%   19.3%
5 (5)   San Francisco
  142.6   120.8   138.3   -15.3%   14.5%
6 (7)   Philadelphia
  106.3   86.7   104.1   -18.4%   20.1%
7 (6)   Boston
  107.9   89.4   102.3   -17.1%   14.4%
8 (8)   Detroit
  94.5   79.5   89.1   -15.9%   12.1%
9 (10)   Houston
  86.7   68.4   88.2   -21.1%   28.9%
10 (9)   San Jose
  80.7   69.5   86.5   -13.9%   24.5%

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1 HNWIs are defined as those having investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables, and consumer durables

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Capgemini press:
Lisa Boughner, +1-312-451-8338
Pinar Posluk, +1-212-445-8242