While many of the world’s largest companies are based in major metropolitan areas, others have made their homes in small cities and towns, particularly those in which they were founded. Livability’s Emily Handy has highlighted nine of these companies– all Fortune 500 rated except for Kohler – for the unexpected places they call home.

Many of these cities and towns, all with a population under 60,000, are recognized for their quality of life. Bentonville, Ark. (Walmart) was named one of Livability’s Best Cities for Families, while Austin, Minn. (Hormel Foods) made Nerdwallet’s Best Small Cities in America list in 2015, and Findlay, Ohio (Marathon Petroleum) has four consecutive Top Micropolitan Community titles.

Four towns on this list are described as having good schools. Three are described as having low crime, and four as having a low cost of living. 

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