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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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The 44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to our Sun

This graphic visualizes the 44 closest stars, revealing key facts such as distance from Earth, brightness, and whether potential planets are in orbit.

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44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to our Sun

Humans have been fascinated by the stars in the night sky since the dawn of time.

We’ve been decoding the mysteries of celestial bodies for many centuries, but it is only in the last 200 years or so that we’ve been able to glean more detailed information on the lights that dot the night sky. Friedrich Bessel’s method of stellar parallax was a breakthrough in accurately measuring the positions of stars, and opened new doors in the effort to map our universe. Today, high-powered telescopes offer even more granular data on our cosmic neighborhood.

The infographic above, from Alan’s Factory Outlet, categorizes the 44 closest stars to Earth, examining the size, luminosity, constellations, systems, and potential planets of each star.

Our Nearest Stellar Neighbors

Our closest neighboring stars are all part of the same solar system: Alpha Centauri. This triple star system – consisting of Proxima Centauri, Alpha Centauri A, and Alpha Centauri B – attracts a lot of interest because it hosts planets, including one that may be similar to Earth.

The planet, Proxima Centauri b, is a lot closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun. However, because Proxima Centauri is a smaller and cooler red dwarf type star, the planet’s orbit is within the habitable zone. It’s thought that Proxima Centauri b receives approximately the same amount of solar energy as Earth does from our Sun.

Here’s a full list of the 44 of the closest stars to Earth:

Star NameDistance (light years)MoE
Sun0.000016±0.0011
Proxima Centauri4.37±0.0068
α Centauri A4.37±0.0068
α Centauri B4.37±0.0068
Barnard's Star5.96±0.0032
Wolf 3597.86±0.031
Lalande 211858.31±0.014
Sirius A8.66±0.010
Sirius B8.66±0.010
Luyten 726-8 A8.79±0.012
Luyten 726-8 B8.79±0.012
Ross 1549.70±0.0019
Ross 24810.29±0.0041
Epsilon Eridani10.45±0.016
Lacaille 935210.72±0.0016
Ross 12811.01±0.0026
EZ Aquarii A11.11±0.034
61 Cygni A11.40±0.0012
61 Cygni B11.40±0.0012
Procyon A11.40±0.032
Procyon B11.40±0.032
Struve 2398 A11.49±0.0012
Struve 2398 B11.49±0.0012
Groombridge 34 A11.62±0.0008
Groombridge 34 B11.62±0.0008
DX Cancri11.68±0.0056
Tau Ceti11.75±0.022
Epsilon Indi11.87±0.011
Gliese 106111.98±0.0029
YZ Ceti12.11±0.0035
Luyten's Star12.20±0.036
Teegarden's Star12.50±0.013
SCR 1845-635713.05±0.008
Kapteyn's Star12.83±0.0013
Lacaille 876012.95±0.0029
Kruger 60 A13.07±0.0052
Kruger 60 B13.07±0.0052
Wolf 106114.05±0.0038
Wolf 424 A14.05±0.26
Van Maanen's star14.07±0.0023
Gliese 114.17±0.0037
TZ Arietis14.58±0.0070
Gliese 67414.84±0.0033
Gliese 68714.84±0.0022

Even though we see many of these stars in the night sky, humans aren’t likely to see them in person any time soon. To put these vast distances into perspective, if the Voyager spacecraft were to travel to Proxima Centauri, it would take over 73,000 years to finally arrive.

The Brightest Stars in the Sky

The closest stars aren’t necessarily the ones most visible to us here on Earth. Here are the top 10 stars in terms of visual brightness from Earth:

RankProper nameConstellationVisual magnitude (mV)Distance (light years)
1SunN/A−26.740.000016
2SiriusCanis Major−1.468.6
3CanopusCarina−0.74310.0
4Rigil Kentaurus & TolimanCentaurus−0.27 (0.01 + 1.33)4.4
5ArcturusBoötes−0.0537.0
6VegaLyra0.03 (−0.02–0.07var)25.0
7CapellaAuriga0.08 (0.03–0.16var)43.0
8RigelOrion0.13 (0.05–0.18var)860.0
9ProcyonCanis Minor0.3411.0
10AchernarEridanus0.46 (0.40–0.46var)139.0

Excluding our Sun, the brightest star visible from Earth is Sirius, or the Dog Star. Sirius, which is about 25 times more luminous than the sun, visually punctuates the constellation Canis Major.

Filling in the Gaps

The next step in learning more about our surroundings in the cosmos will be seeing which of the stars listed above have planets orbiting them. So far, the 44 stars in the infographic have over 40 planets scattered among them, though new discoveries are made all the time.

With each new mission and discovery, we learn a little bit more about our pocket of the universe.

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Visualizing the True Size of Land Masses from Largest to Smallest

Maps can distort the size and shape of countries. This visualization puts the true size of land masses together from biggest to smallest.

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The True Size of Land Masses from Largest to Smallest

Is Greenland the size of the entire African continent?

No…

But looking at a map based on the Mercator projection, you would think so.

Today’s infographic comes from the design studio Art.Lebedev and shows the true size of the world’s land masses in order from largest to smallest using data from NASA and Google.

Check out the actual shape and size of each land mass without any distortions.

Distorting Reality: Mercator Misconceptions

Maps can deceive your eyes but they are still powerful tools for specific purposes. In 1569, the legendary cartographer, Gerardus Mercator, created a new map based on a cylindrical projection of sections of the Earth. These types of maps were suited for nautical navigation since every line on the sphere is a constant course, or loxodrome.

Despite the map’s nautical utility, the Mercator projection has an unwanted downside. The map type increases the sizes of land masses close to the poles (such as in North America, Europe, or North Asia) as a side effect. As a result, Canada and Russia appear to take up approximately 25% of the Earth’s surface, when in reality these nations only occupy 5%.

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” – Phaedrus

This collection of images above represents the world’s land masses in their correct proportions. Measurements are based on Google Maps 2016 and NASA Earth Observatory maps, with calculations based on the WGS84 reference ellipsoid, or more simply, a specific model of the Earth’s shape in two dimensions.

We take for granted Google Maps and satellite imaging. Making these accurate representations is no small task – the designers went through six steps and many different iterations of the graphic.

Countries are arranged by descending size and shown without external or dependent territories. For example, the total area for the contiguous United States shown does not include Hawaii, Alaska, or overseas territories.

Top 10 Largest Land Masses

Although Mercator maps distort the size of land masses in the Northern Hemisphere, many of these countries still cover massive territories.

JurisdictionArea (km²)
Russia16,440,626
Antarctica12,269,609
China9,258,246
Canada8,908,366
Brazil8,399,858
United States (contiguous)7,654,643
Australia7,602,329
India3,103,770
Argentina2,712,060
Kazakhstan2,653,464

The top 10 land masses by size account for 55% of the Earth’s total land. The remainder is split by the world’s 195 or so other countries.

Top 10 Smallest Land Masses

Here are the 10 tiniest jurisdictions highlighted on the map:

JurisdictionArea (km²)
Sealand0.001
Kingman Reef0.002
Vatican City0.5
Kure Atoll0.9
Tromelin Island1
Johnston Atoll1
Baker Island1
Howland Island2
Monaco2
Palmyra Atoll3

While the Earth’s land surface has been claimed by many authorities, the actual impact of human activity is less than one would think.

Human Impact: Humbled by Nature

Political borders have claimed virtually every piece of land available. Despite this, only 20% of land on the planet has been visibly impacted by human activity, and only 15% of Earth’s land surface is formally under protection.

The remaining 80% of the land hosts natural ecosystems that help to purify air and water, recycle nutrients, enhance soil fertility, pollinate plants, and break down waste products. The value of maintaining these services to the human economy is worth trillions of U.S. dollars each year.

While some nations are not as big as they look on the map, every piece of land counts.

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