5 Things You Didn't Know About America's Millionaires
As the ranks of America's millionaires continue to grow, the question for many becomes: "How can I join the club?" A look at the data may provide some answers. The majority of millionaires have their money in a very ordinary set of investments—not hedge funds and small businesses, but stocks, bonds, and cash.
Keep reading for a snapshot of who America's millionaires are, where they live, what they do, and where their money goes.
Maryland is the state with the highest percentage of millionaires.
After a dip in 2008, the number of America's millionaires has increased steadily every two years, reaching over 10 million in 2016. Western and northeastern states tend to have the greatest concentrations of millionaires.
There are fewer than 2,000 people in the U.S. with more than $500 million.
And even fewer—less than 600—are in the billionaires club.
The greatest chunk of millionaires’ wealth is in stocks.
The rest of their wealth is spread out broadly among bonds, cash, their primary residences, and other assets.
The majority of millionaires spend big money on charity and travel. (We approve.)
America's millionaires are mostly white, largely male—and tend to be married.
Sources: Fidelity; Spectrem Group, *Remainder (57%) includes retired (52%), unemployed (2%) **Remainder (57%) includes retired (52%), unemployed (2%). Graphic by Nicolas Rapp
They also tend to be well-educated, with 83% holding at least a bachelor's degree. Statistically, the top earning professions for millionaires are professional services, education, and medical or health fields.