Best U.S. State Flags

The Top Ten Best U.S. State Flags

1 Maryland Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

My life began in Maryland, very proud of this states flag. Even though I don't live there I'm still proud of the beauty and design of this flag. Always thought it was unique, the colors and the history of the states all brought together, and it made me proud to display my hometown flag at the different Army post I've lived at. Oh, and to be sure, it makes a pretty neat looking bow tie too.

To be honest, not a big fan of it. Like, howw? How do people like it? It looks horrible.

With the amount of taxes I pay it BETTER be the best flag. It sure is the most expensive. *evil grin*

Most don't realize it because of the color combination throws people off but the flag is steeped in history from combining the founding families of MD as well as sympathizing both the North and the South during the Civil War.

2 Texas Texas is a state in the Southern USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.

A perfect example of clean lines and a simple design being used to make something beautiful.

There is a lot of history behind this flag. We were our own country for a decade before becoming a state. No other states can say that.

We were a country and our flag actually represents something

Wrong! Move it 3 places higher, and then you might not be thought of as a retard.

3 South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

It's always looked the best to me. It's subtle in design, yet shows all that it needs to. It's classy and looks good on a t-shirt. How many other flags have that quality?

For those who think this is a palm tree, it is not. This is a PALMETTO tree (this the nickname The Palmetto State) and they are native to our state. The wood of the tree is very soft and makes for good defensive structures because it absorbs cannon shot instead of shattering. This is the simplest and most aesthetically pleasing flag of all.

The flag by itself looks good, but not for an American state. It looks like a middle-eastern flag. Palms grow in tropical climates and the sickle moon is reminiscent of Islam. This may as well be the flag of the United Arab Emirates.

Our flag has history, how is maryland number one, it flag looks like it makes no sense at all

4 Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

Many state flags are simply an existing seal slapped onto a monochrome background. Arizona's flag is technically simpler than many, but contains far more depth.

The stripes emanating from the star represent both the climate of the state and the Spanish legacy. Their number also ties back to the thirteen original states. The star's copper color reflects its history in mining as well as standing out from the other colors. The blue bottom of the flag represents the Colorado River, a dominant geographic feature, and also serves as a counterpart to the warm colors emanating from the star.

What you end up with is a flag with only four colors, simple to draw from memory and recognize from a distance, but also one impossible to disconnect from the state it represents.

Simple without being simplistic, meaningful without being complex

It's simple enough that a 1st grader can draw it from heart, and iconic enough that even a foreigner would invoke the image of Arizona based on the design, without any words on the flag itself. I'm looking at you, California. KEEPING THE BEAR WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH

It shows that it's the sunset capital, Spanish history, warm colors for a warm stat, copper for its mines etc... )

5 New Mexico

The simple, to the point design, while easily distinguishable, with a culturally relevant symbol makes this flag an absolute win!

I'm a Air Force brat and have personally seen a lot of flags, Both from the U. S and other countries as well. I've lived in New Mexico for 22 years and I feel the New Mexico flag is beautiful, unique and awesome and I'm glad it made #2 even though it should be #1! Most people think New Mexico is a whole different country, but of course it's the 38th state as of 1912. Americans need to know we are a STATE! Haven't they heard of Billy the kid' Smokey the Bear or even the Manhattan project! Haven't they seen the old footage of the mushroom cloud from the first A bomb tested at Whitesands trinity site. Its only in a heck of a lot of movies! Any way New Mexico ROCKS and we have one of the best flags in the world!

This flag is the most pleasing to the eye no doubt. The symbolism of the rising sun, as well as the call back to spanish conquistadors with the colour combine to make this the best flag.

Should be #1 for several contributing factors:
*A different, popping color scheme
*Simplicity (I'm looking at you, Maryland)
*Cultural relevance
*A nod to "The Sunshine State", a secondary nickname to "The Land of Enchantment"

6 Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

Easily recognizable then flying or hanging. Simple and well conceived.

It's elegant and finest.

Simple and beautiful.

Great colors and a nice design.

7 California California is a state in the Southwestern United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 square kilometers), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento, and the largest city is Los Angeles. ...read more.

I didn't know much about the States (I'm not from America, I have never been) but I have only just learnt about the flags and that the states have capitals. Nice flag and tells you which state it is.

Well balanced, without clashing colors or extraneous details, and actually has the state name on it. Not to mention California is the most beautiful, powerful, populous, and productive state in the Union by a landslide margin.

The California flag is awesome! It has a cool bear on it and it has a lot of color! I especially like that it says "California" on it so you don't have to guess what state it is! I was surprised that California was so low on the list though... Oklahoma has a really cool flag too!

Not even up for debate the California has the best flag considering it is the best state in the country. Bears are super epic and we have LA and san fran lets go!

8 Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

The flag is plain, simple and frank; just the way a flag should be. Colorado will be the best state, besides, Denver has the highest quality of life in the US.

Simple and distinct, you see this design everywhere in the state. Everyone wants to wear it or have some article of clothing with it.

Love the mix of warm and cool colors.

Colorado has the best flag

9 Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

Best flag ever not just cause of its shape but because of its colors

Ohio is the only U.S. state flag that isn't rectangular. Also, it has a lot of symbolism in it. The stars that are on the left side of the flag represent the original 13 colonies, as there are 13 stars. The 4 stars to the right, when added to the other 13 stars makes 17 because Ohio is the 17th state. The red and white circle on the flag is to make the O in Ohio (I have also heard that the O in the flag represents a buckeye, but that one may not be true). Finally, because of the way the flag is shaped, it is folded 17 times, as again, it is the 17th state. Ohio's flag is very unique and has a lot more symbolism in its flag than most of the other flags on this list. - Eeeee

This flag has a unique shape, a lot of symbolism, and is still patriotic. Everything anyone should want on a flag.

I think it's one of only 2 flags in the world that are not shaped like a rectangle - Ajkloth

10 Mississippi Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

This is my home state and the people of Mississippi (white and black) like their state flag. The rabble-rousing around the nation over the Rebel flag is a media launched campaign attempting to capitalize on a tragedy to advance a political cause. Those advocating it should be ashamed of themselves.

I don't like this one because it has the confederate flag on it. I feel as though it is unfair that because the flag had the confederate flag on it before it had meaning I dislike it but I can't bring myself to get past the awful things that have been said under the confederate flag.

Wow controversial what would we do without you history - RawIsgore

Mississippi is awesome

The Contenders

11 North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Lots of patriotism and history in this flag - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

12 Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

The Great Dipper and North Star represent the strength and northern orientation of Alaska - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

Stars with a dark blue background there is something about this flag that amazes me - RawIsgore

13 Alabama Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

Represents the cross that St. Andrew was crucified on - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

What? This is the Norther Ireland Flag copied - Niall Ashraf, flag enthusiast

Actually Alabama had it first.
Alabama 1819
Northern Ireland 1921

14 Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.

By far the least creative, and maybe even worst flag in America, EVER. A lot of people forgot Hawaii's past, so Hawaii may be sued one day.

American State. Supporter of the Queen. Great combination.

It has a Union Jack - TheChipotleAnt

15 Indiana

Indiana's flag is really good, and would be even better without the name. For sure one of the best.

I agree, the name is not necessary. The design came from a contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Paul Hadley of Mooresville won the contest without having the name on it. The General Assembly added it.

Indiana's flag is the only flag I like on this list, other than PA.

Simply gorgeous - but it does not need the state's name on it.

16 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Yeah might not be number one, but still pretty cool. Some look so poorly drawn (Illinois), and why do some have their found dates, that doesn't belong on a flag. Also I agree it so underrated.

The most underrated flag. The colors and designs together create perfection. Of the older state flags that are similar, this one is the best. - GhostBird

Seriously? Not even on the list yet? PA's flag is old-fashioned, but is extremely pretty. I rate it in at least top 5.

I love this flag and this state!

17 Louisiana

This flag has a seal on it, but this is a simple seal so the flag is meh

Nice flag - catlvr

18 Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

Easily identifiable when flying without having to read some funky emblem on a blue background.

It's the only green flag, and is pretty basic and well designed.

19 Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Every detail symbolizes Nevada perfectly: a silver star (Nevada's the silver state), battle born banner (it gained statehood during the civil war), and sagebrush (national flower) - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

Battle born and ready

In my opinion Nevada has the worst flag. Not only does it have a seal with a blue background on it, but it’s in the corner.

20 Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

By accident, I put Virginia a second time.

We are going there in 8 days. Dec. 16

Virginia beach is my hometown and I'm here right now and its insulting that you give our flag a number14 for a grade... SERIOUSLY! UNCOOL PEOPLE!

Simple and classic. Also kind of badass

21 Oklahoma

My grandmother designed this flag. I don't think she approved of the addition of "Oklahoma". It looked much nicer without. It's the best in my book!

If you've never seen the Oklahoma flag, take this time. Check it out and tell me it's not the coolest.

Would look better and be a cool flag without "Oklahoma" in there.

22 Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.

This is just the confederate flag with the seal of Georgia in it.

If you are a southerner and know your history and also do not want to offend anyone, you will LOVE this flag

23 Wyoming Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, but the least populous and the second least densely populated of the 50 United States.

It looks like the louisiana flag but a buffalo instead of a pelican

Yup, easily recognizable when flying. Maybe not so much when hanging but at least it's not a big round seal in the middle of a blue field like far too many others.

B I S O MM

24 Iowa Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

Its clean and not bland with a message on the ribbon. I would much rather have this flag the colorado one or the california flag over the national flag.

Like France but American

Iowa is better than you

Aw sweet... 35th... - codydoestuff

25 Florida Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

A beautiful state with a great culture and history, however, its flag is one of the most least attractive of the state flags. They should make it zigzag to look similar to the Spanish flag of the 1700s.

A logo with the Spanish flag in the background not bad - RawIsgore

Best flag ever

26 Delaware Delaware is one of the Mid-Atlantic states located in the Northeast megalopolis region of the United States.

Woo hoo! We're #11! I can honestly think of some below us that shouldn't be.

First state right? Or am I wrong well I’m saying it’s the first state so if I’m wrong I’m going to pretend I never got a reply - RawIsgore

27 West Virginia West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, ...read more.
28 North Dakota North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889.

The eagle and the stars are my favorite part of the flag.

Just another badly drawn flag.

Actually I like it - RawIsgore

29 Utah Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

I feel sad for Utah, it was the #5 worst state flag for Thanksgiving 2013.

2 flags inside a flag yay - RawIsgore

This one is good. - Swellow

30 Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.

Overrated!
Massachusetts < Maryland
Maryland has the most iconic and greatest flag.

Can you not make your background white - RawIsgore

I live there

31 Rhode Island Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States.

I've always thought the Rhode Island flag looked so pretty. California is a close second though

As a truly nautical state, this is most suitable.

Funny how the tiniest state has one of the BEST flags!

Underrated - Niall Ashraf, Flag enthusiast

32 Missouri Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.

The colors are pleasing, the stars look nice, and the wording is much more badass than other state flags. The seal design is a bit outdated, but it was designed over a century ago which brings a classic feel without it being too stale.

Dope Grizzle Bears enough said.

Got some European colors and some California - RawIsgore

33 Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.

The fact that the two sides of the flag are different make it really cool. - VGCI_Plays

Yellow - RawIsgore

34 Nebraska Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln.

Pretty mountains - RawIsgore

35 New Jersey New Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware.

Looks like Maine but yellow - RawIsgore

36 Wisconsin Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

What is this flag - RawIsgore

37 Michigan

A lil hunter dude throwing up the deuces and some dope animals. if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you - a little specific but its not wrong

Looks like the upper peninsula but ok - RawIsgore

38 Illinois Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.

Maybe it's just because I lived there for a while, but, it's easily recognizable on a white background and a reliable test for checking your eyesight if you can read the letters at the bottom from various distances.

So pretty and represents much!

Looks good but that sun - RawIsgore

It just looks so cool :D! - Co0lk1d25

39 Kansas

So amazing that we don’t even show the flag - RawIsgore

40 Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña.
41 New Hampshire

This flag is awesome! Why is it number 50th (last) just why. Look at the details the meanings the ship the everything. Each thing on it stands for something. It's shape is also good and it's even a rich state. It was a colonie and I truly love colonies

Agreed! Even though it is just a seal pasted on a flag I still really like it. - VGCI_Plays

Love this flag! So classic and detailed oriented.

Actually good logo can be a little bigger - RawIsgore

42 Connecticut

Plants - RawIsgore

Fine, pretty.

43 Maine

To much blue background - RawIsgore

Whats Up Maine

I love maine

44 Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

Nice

45 Arkansas Arkansas is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Its name is of Siouan derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians.

A little boring. - VGCI_Plays

Looks like it was designed by Evel Knievel, or a 1st grader.

46 South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore state built only to have a place to go in South Dakota - RawIsgore

47 New York New York is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic Region. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is ...read more.

WORST STATE EVER!
Massachusetts > New York

48 Minnesota Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.

Wow we are almost last I mean is it really that hard to make the logo bigger you have plenty of room - RawIsgore

49 Vermont

VT's seal includes lots of design and makes a great flag. - VGCI_Plays

50 Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Its cool bois