In a count of millionaires per capita, Alaska ranks fifth among states, according to a market research firm that tracks affluence.
Phoenix Marketing International estimated investable assets per household, based on commercial surveys, the Census and other data. Alaska has risen from 14th place in 2006, to land just below Hawaii.
The study, though, points to Washington D.C. as the capital of wealth. The District of Columbia and the two states it borders were all in the top 10, with Maryland the state with the most per capita millionaires for the third year in a row. Mississippi was at the bottom of the list.
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