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No. 2 (tie): Los Angeles, 36 companies
Despite its home state struggling fiscally, Los Angeles has managed to increase its share of bright spots in the economy. The area’s roster of Inc. 500 honorees includes the top financial services and human resources companies (National Retirement Partners, No. 2, and Workway No. 64, respectively). While Los Angeles itself contributes seven companies to the list, adjacent Irvine bests the city with eight of its own.