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How is Apple more famous than McDonalds or Disney?
Starbucks better known than Amazon or Microsoft?
Even Verizon instead of Pepsi seems a little iffy.
I don’t think this map is measuring brand recognition, but brand value.
found the artists’ site: http://steve-lovelace.com/the-corporate-states-of-america/
>I encountered several challenges while making this map. Major corporations are not evenly distributed across the country. Some states, such New Mexico, Alaska, Montana and West Virginia, simply do not host many big corporations. Others host so many that choosing one was difficult. In these cases, I went with the company that I though best represented the state, rather than the biggest or most notorious. Hence, I used Dr Pepper for Texas instead of ExxonMobil. I used Apple for California instead of Google or Facebook. I also had a problem with some of the smaller states like Vermont and Delaware.
tl;dr: It’s subjective and just represents major corporations from each state that the artist happened to choose.