Everyone's definition of "wealthy" is different, depending on their bank account and values. But a new series of surveys shows that where a person lives can be as important as how when determining the amount of money it would take for them to consider someone "wealthy."
When asked what a person's net worth would need to be for them to earn that designation, a series of studies from Charles Schwab found the average answer was $2.15 million. But the dollar values could be less than half that amount — or more than twice it — depending on the city where the respondent lived.
Five cities — Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and Washington, D.C. — were surveyed separately during different periods over the past year, starting with Chicago in July and wrapping with San Francisco in January. About 1,000 people were surveyed in each city. Charles Schwab plans to continue its study by surveying more cities in the future.
In the San Francisco Bay area study, home to wealthy tech workers and hyper-priced real estate, the average amount needed to be "wealthy" was $6.4 million. Seattle is also expensive when it comes to definitions of wealth, with respondents there saying it takes $3.03 million to be considered wealthy.