Slogans

Note: On this page I use the terms “slogan,” “nickname,” and other similar terms interchangeably. States have multiple slogans but I have tried to indicate in italics the most common or traditional one, which may not correspond to the one most often used on a state’s license plates.

States draw tourism and exhibit state pride by placing slogans on their license plates. Here’s a look at some from every state that have appeared on general issue passenger plates.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming District of Columbia

Alabama

Heart of Dixie

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Alaska

The Last Frontier

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Arizona

Grand Canyon State

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Arkansas

The Natural State

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California

The Golden State

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Colorado

The Centennial State / Colorful

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Connecticut

Constitution State

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Delaware

The First State

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Florida

Sunshine State

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Georgia

Peach State

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Hawaii

Aloha State

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Idaho

Famous Potatoes

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Illinois

Land of Lincoln

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Indiana

Hoosier State

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Iowa

Hawkeye State

To date, Iowa has used a slogan on a regular issue passenger plate just once, when it used “The Corn State” for the 1953 base (which lasted through 1955).

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Kansas

The Sunflower State

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Kentucky

Bluegrass State

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Louisiana

Sportsman’s Paradise

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Maine

Vacationland

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Maryland

Old Line State

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Massachusetts

The Bay State

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Michigan

Great Lake State

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Minnesota

Land of 10,000 Lakes

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Mississippi

The Magnolia State

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Missouri

Show-Me State

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Montana

Big Sky Country

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Nebraska

Cornhusker State

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Nevada

The Silver State

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New Hampshire

The Granite State

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New Jersey

Garden State

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New Mexico

Land of Enchantment

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New York

Empire State

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North Carolina

Tar Heel State

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North Dakota

Peace Garden State

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Ohio

The Buckeye State

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Oklahoma

Sooner State

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Oregon

The Beaver State

Oregon featured a slogan only once, with the catchy “Pacific Wonderland” on the 1959 base which ran through 1963.

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Pennsylvania

Keystone State

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Rhode Island

Ocean State

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South Carolina

Palmetto State

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South Dakota

Mount Rushmore State

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Tennessee

Volunteer State

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Texas

The Lone Star State

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Utah

The Beehive State

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Vermont

Green Mountain State

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Virginia

Old Dominion

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Washington

Evergreen State

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West Virginia

Mountain State

West Virginia used to have “Mountain State” (the official nickname) on its plates; since 1976 it’s opted for “Wild, Wonderful”.

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Wisconsin

America’s Dairyland

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Wyoming

Equality State

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District of Columbia

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