The recent post about the fragmented state of the translation business on Adam Wooten's excellent T&I Business Blog did a good job driving home the point that there are lots and lots of small translation companies. Adam's data was pulled from recent U.S. Census reports yet it mirrors some of the findings in the recent EC-backed study Size of the language industry in the EU.
Interesting stuff, for sure, but inquiring minds wanted to know more, namely where the "centers" of the translation industry are. Because neither data set included information regarding the geographic distribution of translation companies, we turned to LinkedIn's company directory for help.
Reflecting the fact LinkedIn's users are primarily based in North America and Europe, the locales listed are limited to those geographies. Nonetheless, the 250 cities and regions that are included range from Aberdeen, Scotland to Zurich, Switzerland.
Here are the locales with the largest number of translation companies listed:
|Rank||City/region||Number of translation companies|
|tied||San Francisco Bay||26|
It's interesting to note that the northeast corridor from Washington to Boston is home to 50% more translation companies than California. Similarly, who would have thought that Spain would rank so high?
Clearly there are advantages as well as disadvantages to all of these locales. However, if you are looking be in the center of our industry, it sure helps to be located in one of these areas!
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