The number of high net worth individuals in the top ten U.S. metropolitan areas jumped 17.5% in 2009, the highest growth rate in the last four years, according to the Capgemini 2010 U.S. Metro Wealth Index.

And New York, Houston, Washington DC and San Jose all had more high net worth individuals-those with investable assets of $1 million or more-in 2009 than they did in 2007 before the financial meltdown hit.

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