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 survey finds. Wyoming's top-scoring plate features a silhouetted cowboy on a bucking bronco. 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

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:

1. Wyoming

2. Hawaii

3. Utah

4. Alabama

5. Oregon

6. Maine

7. South Carolina

8. Florida

9. Georgia

10. Oklahoma

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:

42. Vermont

43. Massachusetts

44. District of Columbia

45. Montana

46: New York

47. Virginia

48. Alaska

49. Michigan

50. Arkansas

51. Delaware

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 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.

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