The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Ten Metro Areas
No. 1: Washington, D.C., 42 companies
In tough times, the government keeps spending. That has helped keep the D.C. area atop this list: more than half of the area’s companies work primarily for the government. All but 6 of them are located in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, however. But despite the predominance of government services companies in the area, Washington's highest-ranked company overall is Harley Stanfield (No. 3), a real-estate development business.