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Which state school has the most specialty license plates in Tampa Bay?

[Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles]

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February

Because I'm still interested in which state schools have the largest following, I wanted to find out which program has the most specialty license plates in the Tampa Bay area.

The answer was surprisingly easy to find: Florida.

Our four local counties (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando) had 36,722 specialty plates in January for either UF, Florida State, USF, Miami and UCF. Here's the breakdown, thanks to the state's really easy-to-use database:

UF: 14,416 plates (39 percent)
USF: 9,935 plates (27 percent)
FSU: 9,718 plates (26 percent)
Miami: 1,403 plates (4 percent)
UCF: 1,250 plates (3 percent)

And just for fun, here's how those numbers compare to five years ago:

UF: 14,878
USF: 10,198
FSU: 8,779
Miami: 1,364
UCF: 1,095

9 a.m. Update: In the comments, David Prater points out that I missed a biggie - Florida A&M, which tops Miami and UCF. Alas, I only looked at the major Division I-A programs (sorry, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, FAMU, Bethune, Flagler and so on....). Anyway, the FAMU numbers: 1,852 this year, down from 2,051 in 2012. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:59am]

    

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