Map: The largest company by revenue in every state
A state economy is nothing without the businesses that call it home. But those businesses are not created equally—bigger businesses naturally have outsized influence, generating more revenue, paying more taxes and employing more people.Here's the map, for the TL/DR crowd:
The map above (larger version) identifies the largest company by revenue in every state, according to a review of data maintained by business research firm Hoover’s conducted by information technology company Broadview Networks, which provides cloud services. The businesses span quite the range: They rake in anywhere from $1 billion to $476 billion and represent various sectors, including energy, banking and retail. Broadview ignored branches or foreign offices in the review and, for consistency, excluded subsidiaries or government entities.
You know what I find fascinating? While some stereotypes are true--the largest business in Texas is oil, frex--others are surprising. Oil is the biggest business in Florida - and California. Insurance companies are represented, as are banks. What's interesting is that retail drives a lot, too - Walmart, Costco, Love's, and Hannaford are all the largest businesses in their respective states.
One thing stands out, though. For the purposes of the exercise, all government influence was taken out of the equation. However, they left in GM in MI. I suppose it's because there's nothing else there any more, but still...
Anyways, I thought it was interesting...
That is all.