Source: US Census Bureau and Fortune.
Headquarters of Fortune 1000 Companies and Population of Major Metropolitan
Areas in the United States
Corporate headquarters tend to be located in metropolitan areas that
are well-integrated into air transport networks, or inversely airlines
tend to select their hubs based on the level of corporate activity.
This graph relates the number of Fortune 1000 headquarters to the metro
population for 2006. In general, more populous metropolitan areas have
more headquarters. The blue line is the regression line-of-best-fit.
Points above the line (positive residuals) have more headquarters than
we would expect based on their population. Cities that have a large
hub operation for one of the big six US carriers (American, United,
Delta, Northwest, Continental, and US Airways) tend have a sizable population
and number of headquarters.