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The Biggest Public Company in Every U.S. State



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
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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Ranked: America’s Best Universities

Evaluated on 19 different metrics, here’s the list of America’s best universities, led by 14 private schools.



Ranked: America’s Best Universities

The latest ranking of America’s best universities is here, perfectly timed for the approaching admissions season.

“Best” is of course subjective, and U.S. News and World Report has compiled 19 metrics on which they evaluated more than 400 national universities. Some of them include:

  • Graduation rates & performance: A four-year rolling average of the proportion of each entering class earning a bachelor’s degree in six years or less. Performance is measured against predictions made by the publishers, and when beaten, the university gains a higher scoring.
  • Peer assessment: A two-year weighted average of ratings from top academics—presidents, provosts and deans of admissions—on academic quality of peer institutions with which they are familiar.
  • Financial resources: The average per student spend on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures in the 2021 fiscal year.
  • Debt: A school’s average accumulated federal loan debt among borrowers only.
  • Pell graduation rates & performance: the same calculation as stated above, but focused only on Pell Grant students, adjusted to give more credit to schools with larger Pell student proportions.

The website’s methodology section details how they sourced their data, the weights assigned to each metric, and their changes over the years.

From the hundreds assessed come the nearly 50 best universities that offer a variety of undergraduate majors, post-graduate programs, emphasize research, or award professional practice doctorates.

Which are the Best Universities in America?

At the top of the list, Princeton University is the best university in the country, known for its physics, economics, and international relations departments. Notably, it’s a rare Ivy league university that does not have a law, medical, or business school.

Here’s the full ranking of America’s best universities, along with annual tuition requirements.

RankSchool NameStateTuition
1Princeton UniversityNew Jersey$59,710
Institute of
3Harvard UniversityMassachusetts$59,076
3Stanford UniversityCalifornia$62,484
5Yale UniversityConnecticut$64,700
6University of
7California Institute
of Technology
7Duke UniversityNorth Carolina$66,172
9Brown UniversityRhode Island$68,230
9Johns Hopkins
9Northwestern UniversityIllinois$65,997
12Columbia UniversityNew York$65,524
12Cornell UniversityNew York$66,014
12University of ChicagoIllinois$65,619
15University of
California, Berkeley
California$48,465 (out-state)
$15,891 (in-state)
15University of
California, LA
California$46,326 (out-state)
$13,752 (in-state)
17Rice UniversityTexas$58,128
18Dartmouth CollegeNew Hampshire$65,511
18Vanderbilt UniversityTennessee$63,946
20University of Notre DameIndiana$62,693
21University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor
Michigan$57,273 (out-state)
$17,786 (in-state)
22Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC$65,082
22University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina$39,338 (out-state)
$8,998 (in-state)
24Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvania$63,829
24Emory UniversityGeorgia$60,774
24University of VirginiaVirginia$58,950 (out-state)
$22,323 (in-state)
University, St. Louis
28University of
California, Davis
California$46,043 (out-state)
$15,266 (in-state)
28University of
California, San Diego
California$48,630 (out-state)
$16,056 (in-state)
28University of FloridaFlorida$28,658 (out-state)
$6,381 (in-state)
28University of
Southern California
32University of
Texas, Austin
Texas$41,070 (out-state)
$11,698 (in-state)
33Georgia Institute
of Technology
Georgia$32,876 (out-state)
$11,764 (in-state)
33University of
California, Irvine
California$47,759 (out-state)
$15,185 (in-state)
35New York UniversityNew York$60,438
35University of
California, Santa
California$45,658 (out-state)
$14,881 (in-state)
35University of Illinois
Illinois$36,068 (out-state)
$17,572 (in-state)
35University of
Wisconsin, Madison
Wisconsin$40,603 (out-state)
$11,205 (in-state)
39Boston CollegeMassachusetts$67,680
40Rutgers University,
New Brunswick
New Jersey$36,001 (out-state)
$17,239 (in-state)
40Tufts UniversityMassachusetts$67,844
40University of WashingtonWashington$41,997 (out-state)
$12,643 (in-state)
43Boston UniversityMassachusetts$65,168
43The Ohio State UniversityOhio$36,722 (out-state)
$12,485 (in-state)
43Purdue University,
Main Campus
Indiana$28,794 (out-state)
$9,992 (in-state)
46University of
Maryland, College
Maryland$40,306 (out-state)
$11,505 (in-state)
47Lehigh UniversityPennsylvania$62,180
47Texas A&M UniversityTexas$40,607 (out-state)
$12,413 (in-state)
47University of GeorgiaGeorgia$30,220 (out-state)
$11,180 (in-state)
47University of RochesterNew York$64,384
47Virginia TechVirginia$36,090 (out-state)
$15,478 (in-state)
47Wake Forest UniversityNorth Carolina$64,758
53Case Western
Reserve University
53Florida State UniversityFlorida$21,683 (out-state)
$6,517 (in-state)
53Northeastern UniversityMassachusetts$63,141
53University of
Minnesota, Twin
Minnesota$36,402 (out-state)
$16,488 (in-state)
53William & MaryVirginia$48,841 (out-state)
$25,041 (in-state)

MIT places second, and Harvard and Stanford tie for third. Yale rounds out the top five.

Private universities, including seven Ivy League colleges, dominate the top of the rankings. Meanwhile, the highest-ranked public schools are tied at 15th, both state schools in California.

For affordability, since the higher ranks are populated by private universities, there tends to be a broad correlation of better universities being more expensive. That said, the most expensive school in the top 50 ranks is actually the University of Southern California, tied at 28th, for $68,237/year.

As it happens, also tied at 28th, the University of Florida is the most affordable public school for in-state students ($6,381/year) and Florida State University tied at 53rd, is the most affordable for out-of-staters at $21,683/year.

However these costs are tuition-only, and don’t account for other necessary expenses: accommodation, food, and textbooks.

Best University versus Best “Fit”

Finding the best university for prospective students is more than just perusing a long ranking list.

Aside from the numerous schools present within each university—which can often be the best for specific majors—factors like location, proximity to family, campus culture, the non-academic pursuits (sports, extracurriculars, internships) are also taken into consideration.

In fact, research has found that just attaining a university degree improves future earnings potential and employability.

Furthermore, individual engagement at college (irrespective of the rank of the school in question) plays a far bigger role in learning and general well-being than simply attending a highly-ranked school.

However, for low income and minority students, attending a top-ranked school does improve future earnings considerably. For women, it also often results in delaying marriage and kids, which results in more work-hours and as a result, more pay.

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