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DENVER — A report by 24/7 Wall Street listed the largest employer in each state.

The report found hospital, university systems and Walmart are frequently among the largest employers.

It’s a little different in Colorado, where hospitals, universities and retail chains are competing with an airport that is larger than some major cities.

“Encompassing 53 square miles of land, (Denver International Airport) is twice the size of Manhattan Island, and is larger than the city boundaries of Boston, Miami, or San Francisco,” the airport website states.

Altogether, it takes 35,000 people to keep the airport up and running.

Walmart is the largest employer in three of Colorado’s border neighbors: Arizona, Wyoming and Kansas.

In Utah, Intermountain Healthcare takes the top spot.

In Nebraska, it’s the University of Nebraska and in New Mexico, the University of New Mexico is the largest employer.