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Map: The largest company by revenue in every state

(Broadview Networks, with modifications)

(Correction: Data for Alaska, Iowa, and Kansas have been updated to reflect changes made by Broadview Networks and newly updated Hoover’s data.)

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.

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.

Databases differ on which business is the largest in each state, however. We reviewed the Fortune 1000, as well as a mixture of sources listed on research source Lexis Nexis, and confirmed many, but not all, of the companies on Broadview’s list. This may be explained by differing methodology used by the various sources in identifying a company’s headquarters or revenue. As such, we’re duplicating Broadview’s list below largely as is for consistency. Despite disagreements over methodology, the data offer insight into powerhouse businesses in each state.

Here’s the data from Broadview Networks, culled from Hoover’s:

State City Top company by revenue Revenue (billions)
Alabama Birmingham Regions Bank $5.89
Alaska* Juneau First National Bank Alaska $2.4
Arizona Phoenix Avnet, Inc. $25.45
Arkansas Bentonville Wal-Mart Stores $476.29
California San Ramon Chevron Corporation $228.84
Colorado Englewood Arrow Electronics, Inc. $21.35
Connecticut Fairfield General Electric $146.04
Delaware Wilmington E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company $36.14
Florida Doral World Fuel Services Corporation $41.56
Georgia Atlanta Home Depot International, Inc. $85.53
Hawaii Honolulu Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. $3.23
Idaho Boise Micron Technology, Inc. $9.07
Illinois Decatur Archer Daniels Midland $89.80
Indiana Indianapolis WellPoint $71.02
Iowa Cedar Rapids Transamerica Life Insurance Company $19.64
Kansas Wichita Koch Industries, Inc. $115
Kentucky Louisville Humana, Inc. $41.31
Louisiana Monroe CenturyLink, Inc. $18.09
Maine Scarborough Hannaford Bros. Co. $3.98
Maryland Bethesda Lockheed Martin Corporation $45.35
Massachusetts Boston Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. $38.50
Michigan Detroit General Motors $155.42
Minnesota Wayzata Cargill, Inc. $136.65
Mississippi Laurel Sanderson Farms, Inc. $2.68
Missouri St. Louis Express Scripts Holding $104.09
Montana Billings Stillwater Mining Company $1.03
Nebraska Omaha Berkshire Hathaway $182.15
Nevada Las Vegas Las Vegas Sands Corp. $13.76
New Hampshire Portsmouth Sprague Resources LP $4.60
New Jersey New Brunswick Johnson & Johnson $71.31
New Mexico Albuquerque Presbyterian Healthcare Services $2.05
New York New York Verizon Communications $120.55
North Carolina Charlotte Bank of America $101.69
North Dakota Bismarck MDU Resources Group, Inc. $4.46
Ohio Dublin Cardinal Health $101.09
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. $26.09
Oregon Beaverton Nike, Inc. $25.31
Pennsylvania Chesterbrook AmeriSourceBergen $87.95
Rhode Island Woonsocket CVS Caremark $126.76
South Carolina Hartsville Sonoco Products Company $4.48
South Dakota Sioux Falls Sanford Health $3.10
Tennessee Memphis FedEx Corporation $44.28
Texas Irving Exxon Mobil $438.25
Utah Salt Lake City Huntsman Corporation $11.07
Vermont Waterbury Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. $4.35
Virginia McLean Freddie Mac $81.22
Washington Issaquah CostCo Wholesale $105.15
West Virginia Morgantown West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. $42.73
Wisconsin Milwaukee Johnson Controls, Inc. $42.73
Wyoming Gillette Cloud Peak Energy, Inc. $1.39

(Source: Hoover’s, via Broadview Networks)

* Note: Broadview’s original list included a government-owned entity as Alaska’s largest company. First National Bank Alaska is the state’s largest corporation, according to a review of a compendium of business data on Lexis Nexis.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.



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