The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Ten Metro Areas
No. 9 (tie): Houston, 14 companies
Houston has held up well in the recession, thanks to its position as a power hub for Texas’s energy industry: 5 of the state’s 6 Inc. 500 companies in the category are based in the metropolitan area, including the Houston area’s two fastest-growing companies, StarTex Power (No. 30) and Oil Chem Technologies (No. 38).