The Largest Company in Every State

June 24, 2016 by Steven M. Peters

Skyscrapers
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America’s largest companies tend to be located in major metropolitan areas. New York City alone is home to the headquarters of more than 70 of U.S.’s 1,000 largest public companies, the most of any city in the nation.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual revenues to determine the largest company in every state. All but five states are home to at least one Fortune 1000 company. And the five most populated states account for more than 40% of the Fortune 1000 list.

There can be large differences between the biggest company in one state and the biggest company in another — not just in the industries they operate in but also in their size. Apple, the largest company in California, reported revenue of $233.7 billion in 2015. That is roughly 500 times the revenue of Barnard Construction Company, Montana’s largest company.

Click here to see the largest company in each state.

Unlike most big companies, however, some of America’s largest enterprises are headquartered in small cities. The largest company in the world by revenue, Wal-Mart, is based in Bentonville, Arkansas, a city of around 40,000 residents. With 2.3 million employees, Wal-Mart’s workforce is 50 times the population of its home town.
Most of the largest companies are publicly traded. An initial public offering — the first sale of stock by a private company to the public — can have lucrative benefits. The increase in liquid capital from the IPO helps companies finance further growth and invest in new market opportunities. Because of these advantages, the largest company in all but 10 states is publicly traded.

Still, some of the most successful businesses remain privately owned and often achieve the highest revenue of any company in a state. In Kansas, for example, privately held Koch Industries is substantially larger than Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, the largest public company in the state. The $6.6 billion in annual revenue Spirit reported in 2015 is only a fraction of Koch’s revenue of $123 billion.

A state’s biggest company is often tied to the state’s largest industries. In Nevada, where a large share of the state’s GDP is generated by casino resort companies in Las Vegas, the largest company is Las Vegas Sands — the largest of these casino resorts. Similarly, automobile manufacturing is a large part of Michigan’s economy, and Detroit-based General Motors is the state’s largest company.

To identify the biggest company in each state, 247 Wall St. reviewed the 1,000 largest public U.S. companies by revenue from Fortune. PrivCo provided revenue figures for the largest private companies in the country. When available, more recent figures were obtained from annual SEC filings.

These are the largest companies in each state.

Regions Financial
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1. Alabama
> Largest company:
Regions Financial
> Revenue: $5.7 billion
> Headquarters: Birmingham, AL
> Ownership: Public

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Source: Wikimedia Commons

2. Alaska
> Largest company:
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
> Revenue: $2.7 billion
> Headquarters: Barrow, AK
> Ownership: Private

Avnet
Source: Wikimedia Commons

3. Arizona
> Largest company:
Avnet
> Revenue: $27.9 billion
> Headquarters: Phoenix, AR
> Ownership: Public

4. Arkansas
> Largest company:
Walmart (NYSE: WMT)
> Revenue: $482.1 billion
> Headquarters: Bentonville, AR
> Ownership: Public

Apple Store
Source: Wikimedia Commons

5. California
> Largest company:
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)
> Revenue: $233.7 billion
> Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
> Ownership: Public

Arrow Electronics
Source: Wikimedia Commons

6. Colorado
> Largest company:
Arrow Electronics
> Revenue: $23.3 billion
> Headquarters: Centennial, CO
> Ownership: Public

General Electric offices
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7. Connecticut
> Largest company:
General Electric (NYSE: GE)
> Revenue: $117.4 billion
> Headquarters: Fairfield, CT
> Ownership: Public

DuPont image
Source: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

8. Delaware
> Largest company:
DuPont (NYSE: DD)
> Revenue: $25.1 billion
> Headquarters: Wilmington, DE
> Ownership: Public

Publix Super Market Inc
Source: Wikimedia Commons

9. Florida
> Largest company:
Publix Super Markets
> Revenue: $32.6 billion
> Headquarters: Lakeland, FL
> Ownership: Public

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Home Depot store

10. Georgia
> Largest company:
Home Depot  (NYSE: HD)
> Revenue: $88.5 billion
> Headquarters: Atlanta, GA
> Ownership: Public

Hawaiian Electric Industries
Source: Wikimedia Commons

11. Hawaii
> Largest company:
Hawaiian Electric Industries
> Revenue: $2.6 billion
> Headquarters: Honolulu, HI
> Ownership: Public

Albertsons Companies, Inc.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

12. Idaho
> Largest company:
Albertsons Companies, Inc.
> Revenue: $58.7 billion
> Headquarters: Boise, ID
> Ownership: Private

Walgreens
Source: Wikimedia Commons

13. Illinois
> Largest company:
Walgreens Boots Alliance
> Revenue: $103.4 billion
> Headquarters: Deerfield, IL
> Ownership: Public

Anthem Inc.
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14. Indiana
> Largest company:
Anthem
> Revenue: $79.2 billion
> Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN
> Ownership: Public

Principal Financial Group
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15. Iowa
> Largest company:
Principal Financial
> Revenue: $12.0 billion
> Headquarters: Des Moines, IA
> Ownership: Public

Koch Industries Inc
Source: Wikimedia Commons

16. Kansas
> Largest company:
Koch Industries Inc
> Revenue: $123.0 billion
> Headquarters: Wichita, KS
> Ownership: Private

Humana
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17. Kentucky
> Largest company:
Humana
> Revenue: $54.3 billion
> Headquarters: Louisville, KY
> Ownership: Public

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CenturyLink
Source: Wikimedia Commons

18. Louisiana
> Largest company:
CenturyLink
> Revenue: $17.9 billion
> Headquarters: Monroe, LA
> Ownership: Public

LL Bean
Source: Wikimedia Commons

19. Maine
> Largest company:
LL Bean
> Revenue: $1.7 billion
> Headquarters: Freeport, ME
> Ownership: Private

F-22 Raptor, Lockheed Martin
Source: Wikimedia Commons

20. Maryland
> Largest company:
Lockheed Martin  (NYSE: LMT)
> Revenue: $46.1 billion
> Headquarters: Bethesda, MD
> Ownership: Public

Liberty Mutual Holding Co
Source: Wikimedia Commons

21. Massachusetts
> Largest company:
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
> Revenue: $37.6 billion
> Headquarters: Boston, MA
> Ownership: Public

General Motors (GM) headquarters in Detroit
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22. Michigan
> Largest company:
General Motors  (NYSE: GM)
> Revenue: $152.4 billion
> Headquarters: Detroit, MI
> Ownership: Public

UnitedHealth Group
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23. Minnesota
> Largest company:
UnitedHealth Group
> Revenue: $157.1 billion
> Headquarters: Minnetonka, MN
> Ownership: Public

Sanderson Farms
Source: Wikimedia Commons

24. Mississippi
> Largest company:
Sanderson Farms
> Revenue: $2.8 billion
> Headquarters: Laurel, MS
> Ownership: Public

25. Missouri
> Largest company:
Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ: ESRX)
> Revenue: $101.8 billion
> Headquarters: St. Louis, MO
> Ownership: Public

Barnard Construction

26. Montana
> Largest company:
Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
> Revenue: $467 million
> Headquarters: Bozeman, MT
> Ownership: Private

Berkshire Hathaway Inc
Source: Wikimedia Commons

27. Nebraska
> Largest company:
Berkshire Hathaway  (NYSE: BRK-A)
> Revenue: $210.8 billion
> Headquarters: Omaha, NE
> Ownership: Public

Las Vegas Sands
Source: sands.com

28. Nevada
> Largest company:
Las Vegas Sands  (NYSE: LVS)
> Revenue: $11.7 billion
> Headquarters: Las Vegas, NV
> Ownership: Public

Fruit market, grocery store
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29. New Hampshire
> Largest company:
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
> Revenue: $29.8 billion
> Headquarters: Keene, NH
> Ownership: Private

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Johnson & Johnson
Source: Wikimedia Commons

30. New Jersey
> Largest company:
Johnson & Johnson  (NYSE: JNJ)
> Revenue: $70.1 billion
> Headquarters: New Brunswick, NJ
> Ownership: Public

PNM Resources Inc
Source: Wikimedia Commons

31. New Mexico
> Largest company:
PNM Resources Inc
> Revenue: $1.4 billion
> Headquarters: Albuquerque, NM
> Ownership: Public

verizon logo
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32. New York
> Largest company:
Verizon  (NYSE: VZ)
> Revenue: $131.6 billion
> Headquarters: New York, NY
> Ownership: Public

33. North Carolina
> Largest company:
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC)
> Revenue: $83.4 billion
> Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
> Ownership: Public

MDU Resources Group
Source: Wikimedia Commons

34. North Dakota
> Largest company:
MDU Resources Group
> Revenue: $4.2 billion
> Headquarters: Bismark, ND
> Ownership: Public

Kroger
Source: Wikimedia Commons

35. Ohio
> Largest company:
Kroger
> Revenue: $109.8 billion
> Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH
> Ownership: Public

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

36. Oklahoma
> Largest company:
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
> Revenue: $26.1 billion
> Headquarters: Oklahoma City, OK
> Ownership: Private

37. Oregon
> Largest company:
Nike  (NYSE: NKE)
> Revenue: $30.6 billion
> Headquarters: Beaverton, OR
> Ownership: Public

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38. Pennsylvania
> Largest company:
AmerisourceBergen
> Revenue: $136.0 billion
> Headquarters: Chesterbrook, PA
> Ownership: Public

39. Rhode Island
> Largest company:
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS)
> Revenue: $153.3 billion
> Headquarters: Woonsocket, RI
> Ownership: Public

Domtar
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40. South Carolina
> Largest company:
Domtar
> Revenue: $5.3 billion
> Headquarters: Fort Mill, SC
> Ownership: Public

Poet, LLC
Source: Wikimedia Commons

41. South Dakota
> Largest company:
Poet, LLC
> Revenue: $6.7 billion
> Headquarters: Sioux Falls, SD
> Ownership: Private

FedEx truck
Source: FedEx Corp.

42. Tennessee
> Largest company:
FedEx  (NYSE: FDX)
> Revenue: $47.5 billion
> Headquarters: Memphis, TN
> Ownership: Public

Exxon Mobil
Source: Wikimedia Commons

43. Texas
> Largest company:
Exxon Mobil  (NYSE: XOM)
> Revenue: $268.9 billion
> Headquarters: Irving, TX
> Ownership: Public

SkyWest
Source: Wikimedia Commons

44. Utah
> Largest company:
SkyWest
> Revenue: $3.1 billion
> Headquarters: St. George, UT
> Ownership: Public

Keurig Green Mountain
Source: Wikimedia Commons

45. Vermont
> Largest company:
Keurig Green Mountain
> Revenue: $4.5 billion
> Headquarters: Waterbury, VT
> Ownership: Public

The Long & Foster Companies, Inc.
Source: Thinkstock

46. Virginia
> Largest company:
The Long & Foster Companies, Inc.
> Revenue: $49.5 billion
> Headquarters: Chantilly, VA
> Ownership: Private

Costco
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47. Washington
> Largest company:
Costco  (NASDAQ: COST)
> Revenue: $116.2 billion
> Headquarters: Issaquah, WA
> Ownership: Public

Camcare Inc.
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48. West Virginia
> Largest company:
Camcare Inc.
> Revenue: $480 million
> Headquarters: Charleston, WV
> Ownership: Private

Johnson Controls
Source: Wikimedia Commons

49. Wisconsin
> Largest company:
Johnson Controls
> Revenue: $37.2 billion
> Headquarters: Milwaukee, WI
> Ownership: Public

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Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

50. Wyoming
> Largest company:
Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.
> Revenue: $1.1 billion
> Headquarters: Gilette, WY
> Ownership: Public