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.
|State||Company Name||Market Cap (Billions)||Stock Symbol|
|Nebraska||Berkshire Hathaway Inc.||349.11||BRK-A|
|Texas||Exxon Mobil Corporation||323.84||XOM|
|New Jersey||Johnson & Johnson||275.08||JNJ|
|New York||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||251.77||JPM|
|Ohio||Procter & Gamble Company||203.74||PG|
|North Carolina||Bank of America Corporation||184.76||BAC|
|Rhode Island||CVS Health Corporation||121.12||CVS|
|Minnesota||UnitedHealth Group Inc.||119.77||UNH|
|Delaware||Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.||100.45||WBA|
|Indiana||Eli Lilly and Company||88.28||LLY|
|Maryland||Lockheed Martin Corporation||66.13||LMT|
|District of Columbia||Danaher Corporation||62.65||DHR|
|Missouri||Express Scripts Holding Company||61.13||ESRX|
|Michigan||Ford Motor Company||59.69||F|
|Florida||NextEra Energy, Inc.||49.41||NEE|
|Nevada||Las Vegas Sands Corp.||41.31||LVS|
|Oklahoma||Williams Companies, Inc.||40.34||WMB|
|Kentucky||Yum! Brands, Inc.||36.24||YUM|
|Wisconsin||Johnson Controls, Inc.||29.68||JCI|
|Colorado||Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.||23.28||CMG|
|Arizona||Southern Copper Corporation||21.5||SCCO|
|Idaho||Micron Technology, Inc.||17.68||MU|
|Iowa||Principal Financial Group Inc.||16.97||PFG|
|Alabama||Regions Financial Corporation||13.95||RF|
|Utah||Extra Space Storage Inc.||9.65||EXR|
|South Carolina||Scana Corporation||8.14||SCG|
|Vermont||Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.||7.79||GMCR|
|Maine||IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.||7.35||IDXX|
|New Hampshire||White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.||4.35||WTM|
|North Dakota||MDU Resources Group, Inc.||3.63||MDU|
|Hawaii||Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.||3.29||HE|
|West Virginia||United Bankshares, Inc.||2.76||USBI|
|South Dakota||NorthWestern Corporation||2.62||NW E|
|Mississippi||Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.||2.52||CALM|
|New Mexico||PNM Resources, Inc.||2.2||PNM|
|Montana||Glacier Bancorp, Inc.||2.12||CBCI|
|Alaska||General Communication, Inc.||0.697||GNCMA|
|Wyoming||Cloud Peak Energy Inc.||0.166||CLD|
Original graphic by: Blender Media
Watching the Sky Fall: Visualizing a Century of Meteorites
This data visualization depicts every meteorite that was observed hitting the Earth over a 100-year period, between 1913-2012.
Watching the Sky Fall: Visualizing a Century of Meteorites
Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson once said “The chances that your tombstone will read ‘Killed by an Asteroid’ are about the same as they’d be for ‘Killed in Airplane Crash’.”
Part of the reason for this is the Earth’s atmospheric ability to burn up inbound space rocks before they reach the surface, a process that ensures that most meteors never become meteorites.
Of the 33,162 meteorites found in the past 100 years, only 625 were seen. Today’s visualization from data designer Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez groups these 625 observed meteorites by the year they fell, classification, mass, and landing location on Earth.
Asteroid, Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites
Not all flying space rocks are the same. Their origins and trajectories define its type.
Asteroid: A large rocky body in space, in orbit around the Sun.
Meteoroid: Much smaller rocks or particles in orbit around the Sun.
Meteor: If a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporizes, it becomes a meteor, or a shooting star.
Meteorite: If a small asteroid or large meteoroid survives its fiery passage through the Earth’s atmosphere and lands on Earth’s surface.
Bolide: A very bright meteor that often explodes in the atmosphere, also known as a fireball.
This graphic classifies meteorites into four types based on their composition: stony, stony-iron, iron and other.
Non-magmatic or Primitive
Top 5 Meteorites by Size
While half of all observed meteorites weighed less than 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs), there are a few exceptional ones that stand out. The graphic highlights the five largest meteorites ever observed, and when they fell:
|Sikhote-Alin, Russia||23 MT||1947||Iron|
|Jilin, China||4 MT||1976||Stony|
|Allende, Mexico||2 MT||1969||Stony|
|Norton County, USA||1.1 MT||1948||Stony|
|Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan||1.1 MT||1998||Stony|
Each category differs in their amount of iron-nickel metal and what they reveal about the early solar system.
Fireballs in the Sky: Bolides
Small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere randomly around the globe, creating fireballs known as bolides. NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program mapped data gathered by U.S. government sensors from 1994 to 2013.
The data indicates that small asteroids impacted Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a bolide (or fireball), on 556 separate occasions over a 20-year period. Almost all asteroids of this size disintegrate in the atmosphere and are harmless.
A notable exception was the Chelyabinsk event in 2013, which was the largest known natural object to have entered Earth’s atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska event. A house-sized asteroid entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk at over 11 miles per second, and blew apart 14 miles above the ground.
The explosion released an energy equivalent to ~440,000 tons of TNT, generating a shock wave that shattered windows over 200 square miles—damaging several buildings and injuring over 1,600 people.
Look Out Above
While the night sky appears to be a beautiful tableau of the cosmos, these two visualizations paint a dramatic galactic battle. Rocks inundate our planet as it moves through the darkness of space. The resiliency of Earth’s atmosphere to erode these invaders has allowed life to flourish—until the next big one comes through.
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Mapped: Top Countries by Tourist Spending
How much do your vacations contribute to your destination of choice? This visualization shows the countries that receive the most tourist spending.
Mapped: Top Countries by Tourist Spending
Many people spend their days looking forward to their next getaway. But do you know exactly how much these vacation plans contribute economically to your chosen destination?
Today’s visualization from HowMuch.net highlights the countries in which tourists spend the most money. Locations have been resized based on spending amounts, which come from the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Oh, The Places Tourists Will Go
Across the different regions, Europe’s combined tourist spending dominates at $570 billion. Easy access to closely-located countries, both via rail networks and a shared currency, may be a reason why almost 710 million visitors toured the region in 2018.
Asia-Pacific, which includes Australia and numerous smaller islands, saw the greatest growth in tourism expenditures. Total spending reached $435 billion in 2018—a 7% year-over-year increase, from 348 million visitors. Not surprisingly, some areas such as Macao (SAR) tend to rely heavily on tourists as a primary economic driver.
Here’s how other continental regions fared, in terms of tourist spending and visitors:
Total expenditures: $333 billion
Total visitors: 216 million
Expenses per visitor: $1,542
- Middle East
Total expenditures: $73 billion
Total visitors: 60 million
Expenses per visitor: $1,216
Total expenditures: $38 billion
Total visitors: 67 million
Expenses per visitor: $567
Of course, these numbers only paint a rudimentary picture of global tourism, as they vary greatly even within these regions. Let’s look closer at the individual country data for 2018, compared to previous years.
The Top Tourist Hotspots, By Country
It seems that many tourists are gravitating towards the same destinations, as evidenced by both the number of arrivals and overall expenditures for 2017 and 2018 alike.
|Country||2018 Spending||2018 Arrivals||Country||2017 Spending||2017 Arrivals|
|1. U.S. 🇺🇸||$214.5B||79.6M||1. U.S. 🇺🇸||$210.7B||74.8M|
|2. Spain 🇪🇸||$73.8B||82.8M||2. Spain 🇪🇸||$68B||81.8M|
|2. France 🇫🇷||$67.4B||89.4M||3. France 🇫🇷||$60.7B||86.9M|
|4. Thailand 🇹🇭||$63B||38.3M||4. Thailand 🇹🇭||$57.5B||35.4M|
|5. UK 🇬🇧||$51.9B||36.3M||5. UK 🇬🇧||51.2B||37.7M|
|6. Italy 🇮🇹||$49.3B||62.1M||6. Italy 🇮🇹||$44.2B||58.3M|
|7. Australia 🇦🇺||$45B||9.2M||7. Australia 🇦🇺||$41.7B||8.8M|
|8. Germany 🇩🇪||$43B||38.9M||8. Germany 🇩🇪||$39.8B||37.5M|
|9. Japan 🇯🇵||$41.1B||31.2M||9. Macao (SAR) 🇲🇴||$35.6B||17M|
|10. China 🇨🇳||$40.4B||62.9M||10. Japan 🇯🇵||$34.1B||28.6M|
Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Note that data is for international tourism only and does not include domestic tourism.
The top contenders have remained fairly consistent, as each country brings something unique to the table—from natural wonders to historic and man-made structures.
Where Highest-Spending Tourists Come From
The nationality of tourists also seems to be a factor in these total expenditures. Chinese tourists spent $277 billion internationally in 2018, likely thanks to the increasing consumption of an emerging, affluent middle class.
Interestingly, this amount is almost twice the combined $144 billion that American tourists spent overseas in the same year.
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