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The most admired company in each state

Best Life Logo By Alex Daniel of Best Life | Slide 1 of 51: Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

These companies are highly respected in their home states

Some companies are more than companies — they're local heroes and cornerstones of the community. Don’t believe us? Try traveling to Beaverton, Oregon — home of the Nike Swoosh — and mention how much you love Adidas in a local coffee shop. (Yeah, that won’t go over well.)

With that in mind, we pulled together the complete list of beloved companies based in every state, drawn from interviews, local business trade magazines, major outlets like Forbes and Fortune, and other statistics.

So click ahead and learn all about the companies all but guaranteed to stay profitable in their home states.

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