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If You Drive an Orange Car, You Probably Live in This State

Where you live could determine whether you drive a black or white (or even purple) car. CarMax recently released data showing the states where each car color is the most popular... and the results are surprising. Click through to find out if your state made the list.

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Drone shot of Nebraska State Capitol and Downtown LincolnMark Dahmke/Shutterstock

Orange: Nebraska

Citrus-hued cars could make your commute more pleasant, according to Janis Ambrose Shard, manager of color at Toyota, Lexus, and Scion. She told TODAY, “Everyday, we’re outside and watching the cars pass by. When we see joyful, bright colors, we naturally feel better.” Don’t miss these safe driving tips for scary driving situations.

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Providence, Rhode Island, USA downtown skyline on the river. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Blue: Rhode Island

Rhode Islanders are apparently on-trend with their automobile aesthetics. Car coatings company BASF, which supplies exteriors for GM, predicts blue to be one of the top car colors of 2019 (along with gray). The reason why? Experts at BASF believe it’s because blue is associated with “digital gadgets and technology.”

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This image was captured on a bright June day at the famous Portland Headlight, also called the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.Arlene Waller/Shutterstock

Brown: Maine

If you see a woman driving a brown car (or any color, for that matter), you can bet that it was her first choice. Studies have repeatedly found that women are much more likely than men to hold out for their preferred hue—meaning, chances are good that if a man wants a brown car but there isn’t one available, he’ll settle for a white one rather than wait for a brown one.

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City of trees Boise Idaho with fall colorsCharles Knowles/Shutterstock

Gold: Idaho

Yikes, gold car owners in Idaho may want to be careful about where they park their cars. According to a recent survey, gold cars were one of the top five cars most likely to be stolen (along with silver, white, black, and dark green).

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Colorful sunrise on Coronado Island. San Diego, California USA.Dancestrokes/Shutterstock

Gray: California

Gray is not only a common car color in California but it also describes the mood of its daily commuters. A WalletHub study found that the West Coast state has the highest percentage of traffic congestion during rush hour in the country. If you deal with the bumper-to-bumper bummer every day, too, here are tips to make your commute stress-free.

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White Cloud Wilderness near Sun Valley, IdahoCSNafzger/Shutterstock

Green: Idaho

Idaho may be one of the few places where you’ll spot a green car, which is the least common color for cars in the entire world. But while the unique shade may not be for everyone, there are other ways to “go green,” like choosing to drive an electric car instead.

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Manchester, New Hampshire, USA skyline.Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Black: New Hampshire

Black cars are sleek, stylish, and sophisticated—but they’re also notoriously difficult to keep clean, as most people in New Hampshire likely know. Darker car colors tend to show dirt, scratches, and salt and sand used to treat snowy roads, more easily than lighter colors. Tired of going to the car wash every single week? Try these 13 weird ways to keep your car cleaner for longer.

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Aerial view of downtown Detroit at twilight in Michigan USAf11photo/Shutterstock

Purple: Michigan

A throwback to the muscle cars of the 1950s and 1960s, purple is a bold choice for a car on today’s streets And while it may be unique and eye-catching, it may not bode well for future resale. Kelley Blue Book explains that less popular colors (like purple) “depreciate your vehicle’s value… from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the vehicle.”

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Salt Lake City skyline Utah at nightf11photo/Shutterstock

Red: Utah

Good news for Utah drivers: the old adage that red cars get pulled over more often is an urban myth. According to one study, red cars were actually the second most likely to be stopped for speeding. And the color that gets targeted by cops the most? White. If you do happen to be pulled over, try one of these 10 tricks to talk your way out of a ticket.

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Sun Valley, IdahoCSNafzger/Shutterstock

Silver: Idaho

People in Idaho must know that silver is the coolest car color… literally. An Applied Energy report compared two Honda Civics (one in silver and one in black) and discovered that the metallic shade kept the automobile’s interior nearly ten degrees cooler than its darker counterpart. Here are warm-weather driving tips to help you handle the heat in any color car.

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Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota at night time as seen from the famous stone arch

Tan: Minnesota

The color car you own can say a lot about your personality. If you own a beige car (which many Minnesotans do, based on Carmax’s study), you’re probably “easygoing and fiscally responsible, not to be enticed by bright colors or flashy gadgets,” explains NerdWallet. Which means you’ll appreciate these 34 secrets to car buying that dealers know but won’t tell you.

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Golden Gate Bridge at sunset seen from San Francisco beach, California.Lucky-photographer/Shutterstock

White: California

Safety first might as well be the state motto in California. Many residents choose to drive white cars which, according to research done by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, are 12 percent less likely to get in an accident than black cars. On the other side of the spectrum, this car color is the most dangerous.

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Fall colours in Franconia Notch State Park | White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, USAWinston Tan/Shutterstock

Yellow: New Hampshire

Yellow is the color that’s most visible during cloudy or snowy conditions. So it makes sense that it’s frequently found in New Hampshire, which is not only ranked seventh in the United States in terms of annual snowfall but which is also home to the country’s cloudiest place, Mt. Washington. Check out these winter weather driving tips to stay safe in snow and ice.