The database used in this article was compiled and edited by Charlie Ragland. Information was gathered from the Fortune web site. As rankings change throughout the year, this data was current through March of 2000.
For more a current analysis, visit the Geography of Fortune 1000 Companies in 2014 article.
Special notes of interest from Charlie include:
The number 1 company is General Motors, with $189 BILLION in revenue.
Number 500 is ReliaStar Financial with $3.04 billion, and number 1000 is
Chesapeake Corp. with $1.16 billion. Fortune contains all the
financial data if you are interested. The site also has the classifications
of the companies, such as retail, electronics, financial, etc.
Lots of companies and brand names we may be familiar with are not
included, because (a) they are a subsidiary company to one already on the
list, (b) they are a foreign corporation, or (c) they are privately held.
Data gathered from two thousand year Fortune 1000 Company ranking was mapped in order to look at any spatial patterns in their locations. The headquarters of each Fortune 1000 ranked company was mapped out for the entire United States.
The date was first geocoded by zipcode to see the spatial distribution. The locations of Fortune 1000 Companies are mostly distributed in the Eastern and Midwest portions of the United States. Most of the Western locations are along the coastline. There is a definite paucity of locations in the Central portion of the United States.
The image above shows the lower portion of California and the neighboring states of Arizona and Nevada. The green dots represent population clusters in the form of cities and designated census areas. The red dots are the locations of Fortune 1000 Companies. We can see clusters of Fortune 1000 Companies near the Los Angeles/San Diego, Las Vegas and Scottsdale/Phoenix areas.
Higher GIS analysis can be performed to determine any correlation with population clusters and routes. For example, a NEAR function can be performed in ArcInfo to calculate the distance each company is located from the nearest route. Regression analysis could then be run to determine if there is a statistical correlation between company location and major routes.
California and New York State were tied for first place with ninety-eight Fortune 1000 Companies apiece. Texas ran a close third with eighty companies. Five states had no Fortune 1000 Companies located in their area. These were: Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The full listing of Fortune 1000 companies by state: Fortune 1000 Companies By State. The count of listings by state: Number of Fortune 1000 Companies by State.
Thematic Map of Fortune 1000 Companies
Puerto Rico which had one company is not shown on this map. States shaded in gray have no Fortune 1000 companies headquartered.