Houston #2 with the Fortune 500
Just got the 2005 Fortune 500
issue. A few facts of potential interest:
- Houston has 20 Fortune 500 companies, #2 behind New York (43) and ahead of #3 Atlanta (14) and #4 Chicago (10). This is based on city limits, though. If it were metro areas, the numbers would be significantly different. Houston only lost one to the city limits problem: Anadarko in The Woodlands.
- Texas has 48 Fortune 500 companies, #3 behind New York (54) and California (52), and substantially ahead of #4 Illinois (33) and #5 Ohio (30). That means Houston has almost half of the Texas Fortune 500 headquarters.
- Interestingly, the four largest companies in Texas outline the four largest Texas metros that form the"Texas Triangle": Exxon Mobil in Irving/DFW, ConocoPhillips in Houston, Valero Energy in San Antonio, and Dell in Round Rock/Austin. They're even in the same size order from largest company/metro to smallest company/metro.