The United States of Ad Agencies

Our picks for the top shop in each state. Do you agree?

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Every state has "that agency." The one you can't help but admire, or envy. The one where you'd like to work—or if you're lucky, where you do work. The one that's hard to beat. The one that critics moan is overrated. The one that, more often than not, just gets it right.

This map reveals our picks for "that agency" in each of the 50 states. The methodology was a combination of head count, notable clients, legacy and reputation. Contenders were limited to agencies that were actually founded in their respective states, giving homegrown shops an advantage over the satellite offices of the big networks. (This is also why Crispin Porter + Bogusky wins Florida, not Colorado.)

In some cases, the choice was easy. In others, it was anything but. What do you think of the list? Tell us in the comments. Our picks are also listed below.

Alabama – Luckie & Co.

Alaska – Spawn

Arizona – Moses Anshell

Arkansas – Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods

California – TBWA\Chiat\Day

Colorado – TDA

Connecticut – Cronin & Co.

Delaware – AB+C

Florida – Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Georgia – 22squared

Hawaii – MVNP

Idaho – Drake Cooper

Illinois – Leo Burnett

Indiana – Young & Laramore

Iowa – Lessing-Flynn

Kansas – Callahan Creek

Kentucky – Doe-Anderson

Louisiana – Peter Mayer Advertising

Maine – The VIA Agency

Maryland – TBC

Massachusetts – Hill Holliday

Michigan – Doner

Minnesota – Fallon

Mississippi – GodwinGroup

Missouri – Bernstein-Rein

Montana – MercuryCSC

Nebraska – Bailey Lauerman

Nevada – R&R Partners

New Hampshire – GY&K

New Jersey – Sigma Group

New Mexico – McKee Wallwork & Company

New York – BBDO

North Carolina – McKinney

North Dakota – Odney

Ohio – Northlich

Oklahoma – Ackerman McQueen

Oregon – Wieden + Kennedy

Pennsylvania – Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners

Rhode Island – RDW Group

South Carolina – Erwin Penland

South Dakota – Lawrence & Schiller

Tennessee – The Buntin Group

Texas – GSD&M

Utah – Struck

Vermont – KSV

Virginia – The Martin Agency

Washington – Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener

West Virginia – Charles Ryan Associates

Wisconsin – Cramer-Krasselt

Wyoming – AdBay