Even as unemployment numbers remain markedly high, the number of high-net worth individuals in the U.S. continued to increase in 2010, according to Capgemini’s 2011 U.S. Metro Wealth Index.

The index, released on Tuesday, found that the number of high-net worth individuals (HNWI) in the top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas jumped by 7.3% in 2010, with New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago highest on the list and Houston recording the highest total growth rate of 9.6% taking over the No. 8 slot from Detroit.

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