Federal spending again propels companies from Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland onto the Inc. 500. California remains home to the most companies, although the state has 11 fewer businesses than it did on last year's list. The Los Angeles area accounts for seven of these losses. New York City, meanwhile, is the big gainer, adding 17 companies to its total. As a result, New York State moves from 10th on the state list to a tie for second.
*Includes metro areas
*Includes metro areas with more than three companies