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The Biggest Public Company in Every U.S. State

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The Biggest Public Company in Every U.S. State

The Biggest Public Company in Every U.S. State

The range in magnitude between public companies is always humbling. Investors trade billions of dollars in the shares of behemoths like Apple and General Electric in a day. Meanwhile, the majority of companies couldn’t be valued at a billion dollars even in the wildest dreams of their management teams.

When looking at the largest public company in each state, one would think that it would be a collection of roughly 50 behemoths. Surprisingly, this is not the case at all.

Our friends at Blender Media pulled up the market capitalization of the largest pubcos in each state, and they are now beautifully arranged in today’s infographic. The data for all of the companies is below, and it is somewhat staggering.

Yes, Apple is huge as it tries to continue its journey to $1 trillion in value. There are some other big companies as well: Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, and ExxonMobil are all worth over $300 billion. However, the list also really starts to drop off halfway through.

Regions Financial Corp. is the biggest pubco in Alabama ($14 billion), Extra Space Storage is crushing it in Utah ($9.7 billion), IDEXX Laboratories is big in Maine ($7.4 billion), but then things get even more obscure.

Alaska’s largest public company, General Communication, trades at a market capitalization of only $700 million. Meanwhile, Wyoming’s biggest company is technically a smallcap: Cloud Peak Energy is worth only $166 million in value.

StateCompany NameMarket Cap (Billions)Stock Symbol
CaliforniaApple Inc.668.7AAPL
WashingtonMicrosoft Corporation378.62MSFT
NebraskaBerkshire Hathaway Inc.349.11BRK-A
TexasExxon Mobil Corporation323.84XOM
New JerseyJohnson & Johnson275.08JNJ
ConnecticutGeneral Electric263.1GE
New YorkJPMorgan Chase & Co.251.77JPM
ArkansasWalmart224.28WMT
OhioProcter & Gamble Company203.74PG
North CarolinaBank of America Corporation184.76BAC
GeorgiaCoca-Cola Company180.02KO
PennsylvaniaComcast Corporation150.02CMCSK
Rhode IslandCVS Health Corporation121.12CVS
MinnesotaUnitedHealth Group Inc.119.77UNH
IllinoisAbbVie Inc.113.97ABBV
VirginiaAltria Group108.54MO
DelawareWalgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.100.45WBA
OregonNike, Inc.98.04NIKE
IndianaEli Lilly and Company88.28LLY
MassachusettsBiogen Inc.73.29BIIB
MarylandLockheed Martin Corporation66.13LMT
District of ColumbiaDanaher Corporation62.65DHR
MissouriExpress Scripts Holding Company61.13ESRX
MichiganFord Motor Company59.69F
FloridaNextEra Energy, Inc.49.41NEE
TennesseeFedEx Corporation46.96FDX
NevadaLas Vegas Sands Corp.41.31LVS
OklahomaWilliams Companies, Inc.40.34WMB
KentuckyYum! Brands, Inc.36.24YUM
WisconsinJohnson Controls, Inc.29.68JCI
ColoradoChipotle Mexican Grill Inc.23.28CMG
ArizonaSouthern Copper Corporation21.5SCCO
KansasSprint Corporation18.61S
IdahoMicron Technology, Inc.17.68MU
IowaPrincipal Financial Group Inc.16.97PFG
LouisianaCenturyLink, Inc.15.88CTL
AlabamaRegions Financial Corporation13.95RF
UtahExtra Space Storage Inc.9.65EXR
South CarolinaScana Corporation8.14SCG
VermontKeurig Green Mountain, Inc.7.79GMCR
MaineIDEXX Laboratories, Inc.7.35IDXX
New HampshireWhite Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.4.35WTM
North DakotaMDU Resources Group, Inc.3.63MDU
HawaiiHawaiian Electric Industries Inc.3.29HE
West VirginiaUnited Bankshares, Inc.2.76USBI
South DakotaNorthWestern Corporation2.62NW E
MississippiCal-Maine Foods, Inc.2.52CALM
New MexicoPNM Resources, Inc.2.2PNM
MontanaGlacier Bancorp, Inc.2.12CBCI
AlaskaGeneral Communication, Inc.0.697GNCMA
WyomingCloud Peak Energy Inc.0.166CLD

Original graphic by: Blender Media

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Mapped: Second Primary Languages Around the World

This fascinating map highlights the second most commonly spoken primary language in almost nearly every country.

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Mapped: Second Primary Languages Around the World

After the primary language, what second languages are used as native tongues in your country?

The answer reveals a lot about history and location. Whether through immigration, colonization, or local culture, a primary language can either spread around the world or remain rooted in place.

This map from MoveHub shows the second most commonly spoken primary language in most countries, using data from the CIA World Factbook and Wikipedia as of February 2021.

The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Languages

First, it’s important to differentiate between primary languages and secondary languages.

A primary language—also known as a first or native language—is the language we use most frequently to communicate. These are languages we are usually born with, have a lot of exposure to, and use at home.

On the other hand, a secondary language is one we learn or pick up after our primary language. In many countries, English is the most commonly learned, with close to 1 billion speakers.

But a map of common second languages can simply show just how many countries prioritize learning English, the de-facto international language in many organizations. Instead, this map highlights the movement of people by showing the second-most common primary language.

The Second Most Common Primary Languages by Country

Even when filtering by primary language use, however, English and other Indo-European languages dominate the world.

With 55 countries speaking it as the second-most common primary language, English came out on top.

Top 10 Most Popular Second Primary LanguagesNumber of Countries
English55
French14
Russian13
Spanish8
Creole8
Arabic6
Kurdish4
Portugese4
Italian3
Quechua3

The use of English as a second primary language was primarily concentrated in Western Europe, Northern Africa, and Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Similarly to second-place French with 14 countries and third-place Russian with 13 countries, English was most common in proximity to English-speaking countries or where there was a history of immigration.

Other second-most common primary languages highlighted different cultures within countries, such as China’s second-most common language Cantonese. Alternatively, they showed the primary indigenous language before colonization, such as the Quechua languages in South America.

What other interesting or surprising language patterns can you spot in the map above?

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Mapped: Human Impact on the Earth’s Surface

This detailed map looks at where humans have (and haven’t) modified Earth’s terrestrial environment. See human impact in incredible detail.

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Mapped: Human Impact on the Earth’s Surface

With human population on Earth approaching 8 billion (we’ll likely hit that milestone in 2023), our impact on the planet is becoming harder to ignore with each passing year.

Our cities, infrastructure, agriculture, and pollution are all forms of stress we place on the natural world. This map, by David M. Theobald et al., shows just how much of the planet we’ve now modified. The researchers estimate that 14.6% or 18.5 million km² of land area has been modified – an area greater than Russia.

Defining Human Impact

Human impact on the Earth’s surface can take a number of different forms, and researchers took a nuanced approach to classifying the “modifications” we’ve made. In the end, 10 main stressors were used to create this map:

  1. Built-Up Areas: All of our cities and towns
  2. Agriculture: Areas devoted to crops and pastures
  3. Energy and extractive resources: Primarily locations where oil and gas are extracted
  4. Mines and quarries: Other ground-based natural resource extraction, excluding oil and gas
  5. Power plants: Areas where energy is produced – both renewable and non-renewable
  6. Transportation and service corridors: Primarily roads and railways
  7. Logging: This measures commodity-based forest loss (excludes factors like wildfire and urbanization)
  8. Human intrusion: Typically areas adjacent to population centers and roads that humans access
  9. Natural systems modification: Primarily modifications to water flow, including reservoir creation
  10. Pollution: Phenomenon such as acid rain and fog caused by air pollution

The classification descriptions above are simplified. See the methodology for full descriptions and calculations.

A Closer Look at Human Impact on the Earth’s Surface

To help better understand the level of impact humans can have on the planet, we’ll take a closer look three regions, and see how the situation on the ground relates to these maps.

Land Use Contrasts: Egypt

Almost all of Egypt’s population lives along the Nile and its delta, making it an interesting place to examine land use and human impact.

egypt land use impact zone

The towns and high intensity agricultural land following the river stand out clearly on the human modification map, while the nearby desert shows much less impact.

Intensive Modification: Netherlands

The Netherlands has some of the heavily modified landscapes on Earth, so the way it looks on this map will come as no surprise.

netherlands land use impact zone

The area shown above, Rotterdam’s distinctive port and surround area, renders almost entirely in colors at the top of the human modification scale.

Resource Extraction: West Virginia

It isn’t just cities and towns that show up clearly on this map, it’s also the areas we extract our raw materials from as well. This mountainous region of West Virginia, in the United States, offers a very clear visual example.

west virginia land use impact zone

The mountaintop removal method of mining—which involves blasting mountains in order to retrieve seams of bituminous coal—is common in this region, and mine sites show up clearly in the map.

You can explore the interactive version of this map yourself to view any area on the globe. What surprises you about these patterns of human impact?

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