The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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6. Illinois, 234 companies

Illinois offers a bit of everything right now. As of 2008, 11.3 percent of the state’s six million workers were employed in manufacturing. Chicago remains a transportation and shipping hub. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity points out that one fifth of the Gross National Product comes from the Midwest, and that nearly half of America’s goods and services are produced within a short trip of the Illinois state line. Other companies, like Illinois’ top entry on this year’s Inc. 5000 list, server and cloud computing company SingleHop, could locate anywhere, but choose to stay in Illinois.