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Wyo plate named best in nation
Jan 13, 2014 - From staff reports
License plates from Wyoming and Hawaii are America's favorites, says survey.
America's most attractive license plate comes from Wyoming, a new CarInsurance.com survey finds. Wyoming's top-scoring plate features a silhouetted cowboy on a bucking bronco.
CarInsurance.com asked 2,000 licensed drivers from all corners of the country which standard-issue license plates they liked most and least, choosing five of each. Voting continues at http://www.carinsurance.com/best-and-worst-license-plates.aspx.
Nearly a third of all respondents named the Cowboy State's plate one of their favorites, and very few ranked it as unattractive. The top 10 plates were:
7. South Carolina
Delaware led the least-attractive license plates category in a landslide, with almost half of all respondents naming it one of their least favorite. The Delaware plate features gold lettering on a field of blue, but no images. The bottom 10 were:
44. District of Columbia
46: New York
Women overwhelmingly liked Hawaii's rainbow design. Men did, too, but not as much as they liked Wyoming's cowboy.
"These plates are unique and uncommon, and their bright colors and graphic images are easily distinguished at a distance," said CarInsurance.com Managing Editor Des Toups. "Great if anyone still plays The License Plate Game."
Cheap, fast printing on vinyl has largely replaced prison-stamped metal in most states, leading to a profusion of options that states and organizations use to raise money for colleges and causes.
While those affinity plates have become much more numerous, it's still the no-cost, standard state plate that winds up on most rear bumpers.
"License plates used to be a calling card for your home state," Toups said. "The best ones still are."
In fact, 13 percent of respondents said a plate had inspired a vacation or relocation, citing Florida most often. The other plates that successfully encouraged vacations or relocations were Georgia, California, Hawaii and Alaska.