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Old 03-06-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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So I was looking up something for the Boston+Houston+Bay Area thread and came across the Financial Times(UK) ranking of Top 500 US Companies.

The Fortune 500 is based on annual revenue. The Financial Times ranking is based on market capitalization, in other words, what the companies are worth on the stock market.

I ranked them by Combined Statistical Area or uncombined Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Here is the FT500's 2011 ranking of US Companies:

Number of Financial Times(UK) Top 500 US Companies, 2011
New York 79
San Francisco 50
Chicago 32
Houston 30
Boston 20
Los Angeles 17
Dallas 16
Washington DC 16
Minneapolis 13
Denver 12
Philadelphia 11
Seattle 10
Atlanta 9
Cleveland 9
Pittsburgh 9
Milwaukee 8
Charlotte 7
St Louis 7
Detroit 6
Hartford 6
Miami 6
Phoenix 5
San Diego 5
Winston-Salem 5
Cincinnati 4
Columbus 4
Omaha 4
Richmond 4
Birmingham 3
Indianapolis 3
Louisville 3
Memphis 3
Oklahoma City 3
Tulsa 3
Las Vegas 2
Portland 2
Raleigh 2

Financial Times(UK) Top 500 US companies
Combined Market Capitalization, 2011
New York $2.796 Trillion
San Francisco $1.893 Trillion
Dallas $810.7 Billion
Houston $706.6 Billion
Chicago $685.7 Billion
Seattle $421.8 Billion
Los Angeles $407.6 Billion
Minneapolis $379.9 Billion
Boston $354.5 Billion
Atlanta $345.3 Billion
Omaha $277.0 Billion
Charlotte $241.3 Billion
Washington DC $218.6 Billion
Philadelphia $216.2 Billion
Cincinnati $210.3 Billion
Denver $137.0 Billion
Detroit $135.3 Billion
Hartford $129.7 Billion
St Louis $128.1 Billion
San Diego $127.5 Billion
Pittsburgh $126.5 Billion
Phoenix $119.3 Billion
Cleveland $108.7 Billion
Milwaukee $100.7 Billion
Indianapolis $98.2 Billion
Miami $87.8 Billion
Oklahoma City $79.3 Billion
Winston-Salem $73.5 Billion
Memphis $54.2 Billion
Portland $50.5 Billion
Columbus $47.4 Billion
Richmond $46.6 Billion
Las Vegas $46.4 Billion
Louisville $41.7 Billion
Tulsa $32.6 Billion
Raleigh $22.2 Billion
Birmingham $22.1 Billion

New York: 79 companies $2.796 Trillion
5 General Electric $212.9 Billion
7 IBM $198.8 Billion
8 JP Morgan Chase $183.6 Billion
14 Johnson & Johnson $162.3 Billion
15 Pfizer $162.3 Billion
19 Citigroup $128.7 Billion
24 Verizon $107.9 Billion
25 PepsiCo $103.0 Billion
26 Merck $101.7 Billion
31 Goldman Sachs $82.5 Billion
40 AIG $63.0 Billion
47 Altria Group $ 54.4 Billion
48 American Express $54.3 Billion
58 MetLife $47.1 Billion
59 News Corp $46.9 Billion
61 Honeywell International $46.8 Billion
63 Bristol Myers Squibb $45.0 Billion
66 Morgan Stanley $42.2 Billion
73 Colgate-Palmolive $39.6 Billion
75 Time Warner $39.0 Billion
77 Blackrock $38.5 Billion
79 Bank of New York Mellon $37.0 Billion
98 Mastercard $31.1 Billion
100 Praxair $30.8 Billion
102 Prudential Financial $30.0 Billion
107 Hess $28.9 Billion
118 Celgene $26.7 Billion
124 Travelers Cos. $25.6 Billion
125 ADP $25.4 Billion
126 Priceline.com $24.8 Billion
128 Cognizant Technology Solutions $24.7 Billion
129 Time Warner Cable $24.4 Billion
138 Medco Health Solutions $22.7 Billion
148 Tyco International $21.2 Billion
171 Chubb $17.9 Billion
172 Loews $17.7 Billion
179 Becton Dickinson $17.6 Billion
185 CBS $16.8 Billion
191 Marsh & Mclennan $16.2 Billion
193 Vornado Realty Trust $16.2 Billion
195 Public Services Enterprise $15.9 Billion
204 Coach $15.3 Billion
212 Xerox $14.9 Billion
214 Consolidated Edison $14.8 Billion
216 Aetna $14.3 Billion
221 Annaly Capital Management $14.0 Billion
224 Omnicom $13.9 Billion
251 Computer Associates $12.2 Billion
252 Bed Bath & Beyond $12.2 Billion
261 McGraw Hill $11.9 Billion
268 Avon Products $11.8 Billion
273 Estee Lauder $11.6 Billion
283 Starwood Hotels & Resorts $11.3 Billion
286 ITT $11.0 Billion
300 Bunge $10.6 Billion
319 Quest Diagnostics $9.8 Billion
328 Amphenol $9.5 Billion
337 Forest Laboratories $9.2 Billion
340 NYSE Euronext $9.1 Billion
342 Leucadia National $9.1 Billion
347 L3 Communications $9.0 Billion
355 Virgin Media $8.9 Billion
371 CIT Group $8.5 Billion
372 Cablevision Systems $8.5 Billion
386 Frontier Communications $8.1 Billion
390 Polo Ralph Lauren $8.0 Billion
393 Waters $7.9 Billion
395 Tiffany & Co. $7.8 Billion
409 NY Community Bancorp $7.5 Billion
414 Kimco Realty $7.4 Billion
436 Watson Pharmaceuticals $7.0 Billion
448 Pall $6.6 Billion
460 Hertz Global $6.4 Billion
462 Henry Schein $6.4 Billion
472 Interpublic $6.1 Billion
480 Crown Industries $6.0 Billion
485 SL Green Realty $5.9 Billion
489 Warner Chilcott $5.8 Billion
491 Nuance Communications $5.8 Billion

San Francisco: 50 companies $1.893 Trillion
2 Apple $321.0 Billion
3 Chevron $215.7 Billion
12 Oracle $169.8 Billion
13 Wells Fargo $167.4 Billion
17 Google $147.1 Billion
23 Intel $110.7 Billion
27 Cisco Systems $94.8 Billion
29 Hewlett Packard $88.6 Billion
72 eBay $40.2 Billion
82 Visa $36.4 Billion
89 Gilead Sciences $33.6 Billion
112 Franklin Resources $27.9 Billion
140 Juniper Networks $22.5 Billion
142 Yahoo $21.8 Billion
143 Charles Schwab $21.7 Billion
151 Applied Materials $20.6 Billion
154 McKesson $20.0 Billion
172 Salesforce.com $17.7 Billion
180 PG&E $17.5 Billion
187 Adobe Systems $16.7 Billion
194 Intuit $16.0 Billion
201 Agilent Technologies $15.4 Billion
219 Altera $14.1 Billion
220 Symantec $14.1 Billion
237 Gap $13.2 Billion
241 Intuitive Surgical $13.0 Billion
249 Netflix $12.5 Billion
289 Nvidia $10.9 Billion
290 Sandisk $10.9 Billion
297 Check Point Software Technologies $10.6 Billion
321 Marvell Technology $9.8 Billion
326 vMWare $9.6 Billion
327 Clorox $9.6 Billion
345 Prologis $9.1 Billion
369 Xilinx $8.5 Billion
377 Ross Stores $8.3 Billion
388 Varian Medical Systems $8.1 Billion
394 KLA Tencor $7.9 Billion
399 Linear Technology $7.6 Billion
400 Avago Technologies $7.6 Billion
404 Maxim Integrated Products $7.5 Billion
411 NXP Semiconductors $7.5 Billion
438 Lam Research $7.0 Billion
453 Electronic Arts $6.5 Billion
454 Seagate Technology $6.5 Billion
469 Atmel $6.2 Billion
471 Trimble Navigation $6.1 Billion
474 AMB Property $6.0 Billion
487 Advanced Micro Devices $5.9 Billion
496 Rovi $5.7 Billion

Chicago: 32 companies $685.7 Billion
34 McDonald's $79.3 Billion
36 Abbott Laboratories $75.9 Billion
43 Kraft Foods $54.8 Billion
46 Boeing $54.4 Billion
81 Walgreen $37.0 Billion
83 Accenture $35.6 Billion
99 Baxter International $30.8 Billion
115 Exelon $27.3 Billion
117 Illinois Tool Works $26.7 Billion
153 CME Group $20.2 Billion
156 Kellogg $19.7 Billion
178 Aon $17.6 Billion
186 Allstate $16.8 Billion
190 Equity Residential Trust $16.5 Billion
208 Motorola Solutions $15.0 Billion
211 General Growth Properties $14.9 Billion
239 Discover Financial Services $13.1 Billion
253 Northern Trust $12.2 Billion
254 Dover $12.2 Billion
266 Mead Johnson Nutrition $11.8 Billion
287 Sarah Lee $10.9 Billion
325 CF Industries $9.7 Billion
329 WW Grainger $9.5 Billion
331 Fortune Brands $9.5 Billion
338 Hospira $9.2 Billion
353 Sears Holdings $8.9 Billion
359 Ventas $8.8 Billion
392 CNA Financial $7.9 Billion
405 Stericycle $7.5 Billion
408 United Continental $7.5 Billion
422 Motorola Mobility $7.1 Billion
440 Willis Group $6.9 Billion

Houston: 30 companies $706.6 Billion
20 Schlumberger $126.8 Billion
22 ConocoPhillips $114.1 Billion
52 Apache $50.1 Billion
68 Anadarko Petroleum $41.2 Billion
78 Marathon Oil $37.8 Billion
91 National Oilwell Varco $33.3 Billion
95 Baker Hughes $31.8 Billion
96 EOG Resources $31.7 Billion
174 Waste Management $17.7 Billion
177 Spectra Energy $17.6 Billion
182 Noble Energy $17.0 Billion
188 Weatherford International $16.7 Billion
192 Sysco $16.1 Billion
210 Southwestern Energy $14.9 Billion
222 Cameron International $13.9 Billion
230 El Paso Corporation $13.7 Billion
250 Crown Castle International $12.3 Billion
278 Noble $11.4 Billion
292 Diamond Offshore Drilling $10.8 Billion
296 Cooper Industries $10.7 Billion
311 Newfield Exploration $10.2 Billion
357 BMC Software $8.8 Billion
402 Pride International $7.6 Billion
410 Ultra Petroleum $7.5 Billion
412 Centerpoint Energy $7.4 Billion
417 Petrohawk Energy $7.4 Billion
430 Calpine $7.0 Billion
441 Linn Energy $6.8 Billion
483 Cobalt International Energy $5.9 Billion
484 McDermott International $5.9 Billion

Boston: 20 companies $354.5 Billion
44 EMC $54.7 Billion
60 CVS Caremark $46.8 Billion
123 Covidien $25.6 Billion
139 State Street $22.5 Billion
146 Thermo Fisher Scientific $21.6 Billion
152 American Tower $20.6 Billion
155 Genzyme $20.0 Billion
160 TJX Cos $19.3 Billion
167 Raytheon $18.2 Billion
176 Biogen Idec $17.6 Billion
223 Staples $13.9 Billion
233 Boston Properties $13.4 Billion
269 Analog Devices $11.7 Billion
322 Vertex Pharmaceuticals $9.7 Billion
406 Textron $7.5 Billion
429 Akamai Technologies $7.1 Billion
464 Hasbro $6.4 Billion
468 Iron Mountain $6.2 Billion
481 Skyworks Solution $6.0 Billion
495 Hologic $5.7 Billion

Los Angeles: 17 companies $407.6 Billion
30 Occidental Petroleum $84.9 Billion
32 Walt Disney $81.8 Billion
54 Amgen $49.8 Billion
80 DirecTV $37.0 Billion
144 Allergan $21.7 Billion
162 Broadcom $19.1 Billion
164 Public Storage $18.9 Billion
207 HCP $15.2 Billion
243 Activision Blizzard $12.9 Billion
264 Edison International $11.9 Billion
314 Edwads Lifesciences $9.9 Billion
364 Mattel $8.6 Billion
365 CB Richard Ellis $8.6 Billion
366 Western Digital $8.6 Billion
456 Jacobs Engineering $6.4 Billion
461 Macerich $6.4 Billion
486 Beckman Coulter $5.9 Billion

Dallas: 16 companies $810.7 Billion
1 Exxon Mobil $417.1 Billion
10 AT&T $180.9 Billion
53 Alcon $50.0 Billion
71 Texas Instruments $40.4 Billion
119 Kimberly-Clark $26.3 Billion
242 Fluor $13.0 Billion
265 Pioneer Natural Resources $11.8 Billion
324 Denbury Resources $9.7 Billion
333 Southwest Airlines $9.4 Billion
335 Range Resources $9.3 Billion
381 JC Penney $8.2 Billion
383 Dr Pepper-Snapple Group $8.2 Billion
423 Flowserve $7.1 Billion
439 Celanese $6.9 Billion
455 Comerica $6.5 Billion
482 Fossil $5.9 Billion


Washington DC: 16 companies $218.6 Billion
88 Danaher $34.2 Billion
108 General Dynamics $28.5 Billion
132 Capital One Financial $23.8 Billion
169 Northrop Grumman $18.2 Billion
181 T Rowe Price $17.2 Billion
240 Marriott International $13.0 Billion
272 Host Hotels & Resorts $11.7 Billion
302 Discovery Communications $10.5 Billion
305 Avalonbay Communications $10.4 Billion
310 AES $10.2 Billion
391 SLM $8.0 Billion
407 Computer Sciences $7.5 Billion
431 NII $7.0 Billion
467 Verisign $6.2 Billion
470 Constellation Energy $6.2 Billion
479 SAIC $6.0 Billion

Minneapolis: 13 companies $379.9 Billion
39 3M $66.5 Billion
51 US Bancorp $50.8 Billion
55 UnitedHealth Group $49.4 Billion
67 Medtronic $42.0 Billion
84 Mosaic $35.1 Billion
86 Target $34.6 Billion
134 General Mills $23.3 Billion
189 St Jude Medical $16.6 Billion
209 Ameriprise Financial $15.0 Billion
257 CH Robinson Worldwide $12.0 Billion
267 Ecolab $11.8 Billion
277 Xcel Energy $11.5 Million
284 Best Buy $11.3 Billion

Denver: 12 companies $137.0 Billion
116 Newmont Mining $26.9 Billion
157 Libety Media $19.6 Billion
234 Western Union $13.4 Billion
258 Qwest Communications $12.0 Billion
318 Liberty Global $9.8 Billion
320 Cimarex Energy $9.8 Billion
362 Whiting Petroleum $8.6 Billion
374 Chipotle Mexican Grill $8.4 Billion
384 Davita $8.2 Billion
403 Molson Coors Brewing $7.5 Billion
427 Qep Resources $7.1 Billion
499 IHS $5.7 Billion

Philadelphia: 11 companies $216.2 Billion
38 Comcast $67.3 Billion
50 EI Du Pont de Nemours $50.9 Billion
145 Ace $21.7 Billion
199 TE Connectivity $15.5 Billion
282 FMC Technologies $11.3 Billion
291 Amerisourcebergen $10.8 Billion
301 Campbell Soup $10.6 Billion
332 Lincoln National $9.4 Billion
434 Ametek $7.0 Billion
476 FMC $6.0 Billion
497 Cephalon $5.7 Billion

Seattle: 10 companies $421.8 Billion
4 Microsoft $213.3 Billion
33 Amazon.com $81.2 Billion
94 Costco Wholesale $32.0 Billion
114 Starbucks $27.5 Billion
161 Paccar $19.1 Billion
238 Weyerhauser $13.2 Billion
299 Expeditor International $10.6 Billion
323 Nordstrom $9.7 Billion
379 F5 Networks $8.2 Billion
433 Plum Creek Timber $7.0 Billion

Atlanta: 9 companies $345.3 Billion
16 Coca Cola $152.2 Billion
41 Home Depot $60.1 Billion
45 UPS $54.6 Billion
92 Southern $32.2 Billion
271 Invesco $11.7 Billion
346 Intercontinental Exchange $9.0 Billion
350 Coca Cola Entertainments $9.0 Billion
373 Genuine Parts $8.4 Billion
385 Delta Airlines $8.1 Billion

Cleveland: 9 companies $108.7 Billion
165 Eaton $18.8 Billion
200 Firstenergy $15.5 Billion
206 Parker-Hannifin $15.3 Billion
225 Progressive Ohio $13.9 Billion
235 Cliffs Natural Resources $13.3 Billion
352 Sherwin-Williams $9.0 Billion
368 Lubrizol $8.5 Billion
375 Keycorp $8.4 Billion
477 Ball $6.0 Billion

Pittsburgh: 9 companies $126.5 Billion
91 PNC Financial Services $33.1 Billion
166 Alcoa $18.7 Billion
198 HJ Heinz $15.7 Billion
205 PPG Industries $15.3 Billion
256 Consol Energy $12.1 Billion
316 Mylan $9.9 Billion
396 US Steel $7.7 Billion
413 EQT $7.4 Billion
447 Allegheny Technologies $6.6 Billion

Milwaukee: 8 companies $100.7 Billion
110 Johnson Controls $28.1 Billion
203 Kohl's $15.4 Billion
232 Rockwell Animation $13.4 Billion
306 Joy Global $10.3 Billion
315 Harley-Davidson $9.9 Billion
341 Fiserv $9.1 Billion
415 Bucyrus International $7.4 Billion
428 Wisconsin Energy $7.1 Billion

Charlotte: 7 companies $241.3 Billion
18 Bank of America $134.9 Billion
85 Lowe's Companies $34.8 Billion
130 Duke Energy $24.1 Billion
196 Ingersoll-Rand $15.9 Billion
215 Nucor $14.5 Billion
295 Goodrich $10.7 Billion
459 Family Dollar Stores $6.4 Billion

St Louis: 7 companies $128.1 Billion
65 Emerson Electric $44.0 Billion
76 Monsanto $38.7 Billion
158 Peabody Energy $19.4 Billion
397 Sigma Aldrich $7.7 Billion
445 Ameren $6.7 Billion
492 Arch Coal $5.8 Billion
493 Charter Communications $5.8 Billion

Detroit: 6 companies $135.3 Billion
42 Ford Motor $56.4 Billion
56 General Motors $48.4 Billion
357 Borgwarner $8.9 Billion
378 DTE Energy $8.2 Billion
442 TRW Automotive $6.8 Billion
450 Autoliv $6.6 Billion

Hartford: 6 companies $129.7 Billion
35 United Technologies $77.9 Billion
246 Stanley Black & Decker $12.8 Billion
260 Cigna $12.0 Billion
262 Hartford Financial Services $11.9 Billion
351 Alexion Pharmaceuticals $9.0 Billion
473 Northeast Utilities $6.1 Billion

Miami: 6 $87.8 Billion
135 Carnival $23.3 Billion
136 FPL Group $23.2 Billion
229 Citrix Systems $13.7 Billion
304 Millicom International Cellular $10.4 Billion
356 Royal Caribbean Cruises $8.9 Billion
376 Credicorp $8.3 Billion

Phoenix: 5 companies $119.3 Billion
49 Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold $52.7 Billion
87 Southern Copper $34.2 Billion
228 First Solar $13.8 Billion
276 Republic Services $11.5 Billion
424 Microchip Technology $7.1 Billion

San Diego: 5 companies $127.5 Billion
28 Qualcomm $90.1 Billion
244 Sempra Energy $12.9 Billion
334 Life Technologies $9.4 Billion
354 Illumina $8.9 Billion
466 Carefusion $6.2 Billion

Winston-Salem: 5 companies $73.5 Billion
150 Reynolds American $20.7 Billion
163 BB&T $19.1 Billion
227 Lorillard $13.8 Billion
293 VF $10.7 Billion
339 Laboratory Corp $9.2 Billion

Cincinnati: 4 companies $210.3 Billion
11 Proctor & Gamble $172.5 Billion
213 Kroger $14.8 Billion
247 Fifth Third Bancorp $12.7 Billion
308 Macy's $10.3 Billion

Columbus: 4 companies $47.4 Billion
184 American Electric Power $16.9 Billion
217 Cardinal Health $14.3 Billion
303 Limited Brands $10.5 Billion
500 Huntington Bancshares $5.7 Billion

Omaha: 4 companies $277.0 Billion
6 Berkshire Hathaway $206.6 Billion
57 Union Pacific $48.2 Billion
263 TD Ameritrade $11.9 Billion
307 Conagra Foods $10.3 Billion

Richmond: 4 companies $46.6 Billion
122 Dominion Resources $25.9 Billion
420 Carmax $7.2 Billion
432 Massey Energy $7.0 Billion
451 Genworth Financial $6.5 Billion

Birmingham: 3 companies $22.1 Billion
344 Regions Financial $9.1 Billion
421 Walter Energy $7.2 Billion
490 Vulcan Materials $5.8 Billion

Indianapolis: 3 companies $98.2 Billion
70 Ely Lilly $40.7 Billion
97 Simon Property Group $31.3 Billion
120 Wellpoint $26.2 Billion

Louisville: 3 companies $41.7 Billion
131 Yum! Brands $24.0 Billion
270 Humana $11.7 Billion
478 Brown-Forman $6.0 Billion

Memphis: 3 companies $54.2 Billion
103 Fedex $29.5 Billion
236 International Paper $13.2 Billion
275 Autozone $11.5 Billion

Oklahoma City: 3 companies $73.9 Billion
74 Devon Energy $39.1 Billion
141 Chesapeake Energy $22.0 Billion
245 Continental Resources $12.8 Billion

Tulsa: 3 companies $32.6 Billion
168 Williams Cos. $18.2 Billion
419 Helmerich & Payne $7.3 Billion
425 Oneok $7.1 Billion

Las Vegas: 2 companies $46.4 Billion
101 Las Vegas Sands $30.6 Billion
197 Wynn Resorts $15.8 Billion

Portland: 2 companies $50.5 Billion
105 Nike $29.4 Billion
149 Precision Castparts $21.1 Billion

Raleigh: 2 companies $22.2 Billion
231 Progressive Energy $13.5 Billion
360 Red Hat $8.7 Billion

Source: FT.com / FT 500 The world's largest companies

Last edited by 18Montclair; 03-06-2012 at 03:23 PM.. Reason: Added Allergan to Los Angeles
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:04 PM
 
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Great info my dude! I'm taking notes on this one for work!
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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Nice post, interesting stuff.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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So I was looking up something for the Boston+Houston+Bay Area thread and came across the Financial Times(UK) ranking of Top 500 US Companies.

The Fortune 500 is based on annual revenue. The Financial Times ranking is based on market capitalization, in other words, what the companies are worth on the stock market.

I ranked them by Combined Statistical Area or uncombined Metropolitan Statistical Area.

...

Source: FT.com / FT 500 The world's largest companies
I appreciate the effort put into this list, but I'm calling it bogus. Why?

Because, for my money, it doesn't matter if your next door neighbor has a pool, and a grill, and a patio, and a petting zoo.

What matters, for me, is that those things are on/in your property if you tell me you have them.

McDonald's is not based in Chicago, and should not be considered part of Chicago because it does not pay taxes to "Chicago". It pays taxes to Oak Brook and Illinois. Not Chicago.

For me (opinion) claiming a metro is a lot like wearing a padded bra/underwear. Looking bigger on "paper" than reality. I would much rather judge a place on what is truly there, not something to boost stats.

And it is also a lot like saying (to me), "I'm Michael Jordan's cousin."

Great! But being "close" to Michael Jordan doesn't make you as great or as significant as the person himself.

He may have given you money to start a paper plate factory, but if he wasn't who he is, then you would be absolutely nowhere. It's kinda like saying Kukoc had the same influence as Jordan did during their championship years.

I'm assuming this list would be a lot less "impressive" numbers wise if the real cities of operations were given their dues.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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I appreciate the effort put into this list, but I'm calling it bogus. Why?

Because, for my money, it doesn't matter if your next door neighbor has a pool, and a grill, and a patio, and a petting zoo.

What matters, for me, is that those things are on/in your property if you tell me you have them.

McDonald's is not based in Chicago, and should not be considered part of Chicago because it does not pay taxes to "Chicago". It pays taxes to Oak Brook and Illinois. Not Chicago.

For me (opinion) claiming a metro is a lot like wearing a padded bra/underwear. Looking bigger on "paper" than reality. I would much rather judge a place on what is truly there, not something to boost stats.

And it is also a lot like saying (to me), "I'm Michael Jordan's cousin."

Great! But being "close" to Michael Jordan doesn't make you as great or as significant as the person himself.

He may have given you money to start a paper plate factory, but if he wasn't who he is, then you would be absolutely nowhere. It's kinda like saying Kukoc had the same influence as Jordan did during their championship years.

I'm assuming this list would be a lot less "impressive" numbers wise if the real cities of operations were given their dues.
Ugh. Did you really have to quote that entire post.

Anyway, your opinion is duly noted. Thanks.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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Ugh. Did you really have to quote that entire post.

Anyway, your opinion is duly noted. Thanks.
My bad. I fixed it.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Impressive find, Montclair!


I like how its broken down into real world regions/metros. Because in the real world, and city-data for the most part, there is a implicit understanding that when we talk of cities, we include the metros (unless specifically requested). For example, Anaheim is greater LA, Newark is greater NYC, and Oakland is greater SF. Artificial borders hold absolutely no bearing in the real world as hundreds of thousands, and for some metros millions of people criss cross between them every single day.

Any complaining about this sounds like sour grapes from one of the "lesser" region/metros.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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Very interesting!

But I think you missed some for L.A. like Allergan and Wellpoint...

Edit: Not Wellpoint, I was thinking of Health Net
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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N/M... I am typing before I am thinking.
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