We may love all the colors under the rainbow overall, but when it comes to the color of our cars here in the Rockford area, throughout Illinois and the entire Midwest, we're a lot more boring about colors than we might think.

To be really honest about things, it's not just here in Rockford or the Midwest. As a nation, we love a wide open color palette for clothing and many other things, but we don't seem to feel the same way about the color of our vehicles.

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When I Was 16, My Dad, Knowing I'd Want To Borrow His Car A Lot, Bought Himself A Horribly Ugly 1978 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon--In Yellow

Smart guy, the old man. He cut my asking to borrow the car in half with one swift move. Here's what the car looked like (except this one below is a Volare). Maybe it was this print ad that hooked him:

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I will go to my grave believing that he did it to keep me from wanting to borrow it. My mom's car was off-limits, so if I wanted to drive, it was the Aspen. Oh, and and the yellow color seemed to strongly remind everyone in my peer group of urine, so I had that going for me when out for a night on the town.

Sorry, the long-term scarring of that ugly, smelly, pee-colored testament to the parent company's financial problems has caused me to digress. Let's get back to the topic at hand.

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According To A Study By ISeeCars.com, The Most Popular Color For Vehicles In The Rockford Area Is Black

That preference carries over to the entire state of Illinois. The same goes for Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Michigan.

It's not an overwhelming victory, as vehicles that fall under the umbrella description of "grayscale," meaning black, white, or gray, are the top picks in all 50 states. When it comes to non grayscale colors, red is the most popular color in 38 states, while blue is the top non-grayscale pick in 12.

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LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.