Virginia Has the Most Vanity Plates of all 50 States

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is for lovers. And for vain drivers, too, apparently.

A nationwide survey of vanity plates finds Virginia has the highest percentage of drivers who have them, 16 percent.

Of the more than nine million personalized plates on the road, about one in 10 are in Virginia.

The rankings come from the Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

New Hampshire is in second place, with nearly 14 percent of drivers having vanity plates. A little over 13 percent of the drivers in Illinois have them. That's 1.3 million vanity plates, which is the most of any state.

Some say the plates are so popular because drivers want to share their personalities. Others say they're simply cheap. Vanity plates in Virginia cost just ten dollars.

Still, some people say they're indicative of a generation that's, well, vain. One sociology professor says, "Most people buy personalized plates simply because they want to tell the world they are special." He says they've written "an ode to themselves and they want to share it with everybody on the highway."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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