Capgemini Releases the 2011 U.S. Metro Wealth Index

HNWI Population in the Top Ten U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas Increased by 7.3 Percent in 2010

New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago Ranked Highest on the List for Number of HNWIs - Houston Recorded Highest Total Growth in HNWI Population

Table: U.S. Metro Wealth Index 2011 findings (Graphic: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced the results of the Capgemini 2011 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 7.3 percent in 2010, showing modest growth compared to 2009, when growth reached 17.5 percent after a steep decline in 2008. In addition, the HNWI population in nearly all of these MSAs surpassed the respective 2007 pre-crisis levels.

“An important contributor to the increase in HNWI population we saw in these areas was the continued rise in U.S. equity and commodity markets, which led to many investors seeing the value of their investments grow,” said William Sullivan, Head of Global Market Intelligence, Capgemini Financial Services. “We saw many HNWIs – not just in these MSAs, but globally – taking on more calculated investment risks and shifting assets into what we consider more aggressive asset classes in a continued effort to recoup some of the losses they faced as a result of the financial crisis.”

Houston had the highest total growth rate (9.6 percent) in its HNWI population during 2010, allowing it to take over the number eight spot from Detroit. This is the second year in a row Houston has climbed the ranks in the Index, having ranked tenth on the list in 2008.

“Houston has been a strong growth story over the past two years, having been able to recover from the largest percentage fall of HNWIs in 2008,” continued Mr. Sullivan. “In addition to one of the lowest unemployment rates among the ten MSAs, Houston’s economy has significant exposure to the oil and gas industry, which may have contributed to the growth in Houston’s HNWI population.”

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 can be found in the table below or at In addition, 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 the World Wealth Report visit or for market sizing projects and information, please contact

2010 Rank by #HNWIs (2009 in parentheses)  

US Metro Area and Adult Population (rounded)

  2007 HNWI Population (k)   2008 HNWI Population (k)   2009 HNWI Population (k)   2010 HNWI Population (k)   2007-08 HNWI Growth (%)   2008-09 HNWI Growth (%)   2009-10 HNWI Growth (%)
1 (1)   New York
  650.1   561.8   667.2   720.0   -13.6%   18.7%   7.9%
2 (2)   Los Angeles
  253.3   208.2   235.8   256.5   -17.8%   13.3%   8.8%
3 (3)   Chicago
  205.4   172.2   198.1   212.3   -16.2%   15.1%   7.1%
4 (4)   Washington D.C.
  151.9   127.7   152.4   164.4   -15.9%   19.3%   7.9%
5 (5)   San Francisco
  142.6   120.8   138.3   147.4   -15.3%   14.5%   6.6%
6 (6)   Philadelphia
  106.3   86.7   104.1   110.4   -18.4%   20.1%   6.0%
7 (7)   Boston
  107.9   89.4   102.3   109.8   -17.1%   14.4%   7.3%
8 (9)   Houston
  86.7   68.4   88.2   96.7   -21.1%   28.9%   9.6%
9 (8)   Detroit
  94.5   79.5   89.1   92.1   -15.9%   12.1%   3.4%
10 (10)   San Jose
  80.7   69.5   86.5   88.8   -13.9%   24.5%   2.7%

*Note: Growth numbers may not be directly calculable due to rounding in this table

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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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