The composition of the Forbes Fortune 500 — the annually published list of the largest companies in the United States — has changed a lot over the years. As of October 2017, only 60 of the original 500 companies were even still in business.
While the largest American corporations by revenue have changed a great deal over time, the places they can be found in have changed less so.
Nearly 180 of the nation’s 500 largest companies are headquartered in just six major cities. These cities, on the whole, have been home to the nation’s largest companies for decades, and even centuries in some cases. While the corporations themselves may come and go, the benefits to business offered by major population centers with existing infrastructure, massive talent pools, and other major organizations with which to do business means these cities will continue to be business hubs.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the most recent version of the Forbes Fortune 500 to identify the U.S. metropolitan areas that contain the most Fortune 500 headquarters. Revenue figures listed are not necessarily the most recent annual revenue data, but are the most recent as of the last update of the Forbes list.