Best U.S. State Flags

The Top Ten
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.

The Maryland flag has even greater symbolism than it may appear. The black and yellow part was used by Union sympathizers, and the red and white by the Confederate sympathizers. After the Civil War, the current flag combined both to represent the reconciliation of both sides.

As someone who has lived in MD for nearly ten years, I can say that no other place is more proud of their flag. You see it flying EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere. It's such an interesting flag compared to many that are just a logo in the middle. It's striking and nice to look at.

Maryland's flag bears the arms of the Calvert and Crossland families. Calvert was the family name of the Lords Baltimore who founded Maryland, and their colors of gold and black appear in the first and fourth quarters of the flag. Crossland was the family of the mother of George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore.

2 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.

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 cool thing to do is go to any of our beaches and find a palmetto tree and take a picture. That's what are flag is it's what you see at the beach.

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.

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?

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

Texas's flag is the best! Out of all the flags here, this flag is the most American. It's only colors are red, white, and blue! And finally, it has a star on it that represents the state. It might not be the American flag, but it is the best and most American flag of all 50 us states!

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.

They stole it from Chile!,30 years after Chile's flag. Chile's flag is known as "La Estrella Solitaria" (The Long Star). Another Texas name.

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

4 New Mexico

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!

Growing up in New Mexico I could tell you that we are proud of our flag. Most people in the state who have tattoos can be found having a Zia symbol somewhere on their body. Also I want to make a correction I saw down below.. New Mexico was the 47th state to be introduced into the Union in 1912 not the 38th state, the 38th state is Colorado. Also if you don't know anything about the symbol "The Zia" you should Google it because that simple symbol has a very big meaning.

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.

This flag just perfectly captures the feel of new mexico,it looks something from the past but yet it is still beautiful,simple and stands out from the rest.unlike other state flags in other states which you only see in state buildings and the people of the state don't care about,this flag is where the people of the state just love it! They wear it on their clothes and some have it on tattoos,that symbol is amazing and the colors,I don't know another state where the people of the state just love their flag not even Texas.the flag shows new mexico just using a symbol and some colors.I wish it was number one.

5 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.

The 2nd best State flag, after New Mexico and before South Carolina. Simple, striking, beautiful.

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

Everything in this flag is representative of something of the state.

6 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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

7 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.

Great colors and a nice design.

It's elegant and finest.

Simple and beautiful.

8 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.

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.

Boy, it's a pennant. How can you get any better? The rest are boring rectangles. We got them pennants in our home state.

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

Only one of two pennatnt shaped flags IN THE WORLD representing a nation or state/province. Just a damned cool flag.

9 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.

Beautifully simple, includes civil war history (begin the race flame-out in one...two...thr) I like the civil war aspects maybe because Mississippi black voted overwhelmingly to keep it. And with our current history purge it's nice to see. As they said in the USSR " the future is secure it's the past that keeps on changing"

RIP Mississippi flag - your day is over.

The new flag from 2020 looks great.

10 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.

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!

The Contenders
11 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.

I like it! Anyways, the C is red for the Earth, the golden disc for the sun, the blue stripes for the sky, and the white for the snowy mountains.

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

It's one of the five state flags (not counting those that are offensive) that can be used in other formats (e.g., t-shirts, hats, bumper stickers, socks, etc...) and still be recognized as representing Colorado. The flag is clean while still being creative. Honestly, it's just a darn cool flag!

12 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.
13 Louisiana
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.

A beautiful flag, but completely out of character with the state it represents. Why isn't it green and pink?

American State. Supporter of the Queen. Great combination.

It has a Union Jack

15 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.

Simple and classic. Also kind of badass

Its cool and unique, in a gladiator way.

I love Virginia! Virginia is awesome!

16 Indiana

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 really good, and would be even better without the name. For sure one of the best.

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.

17 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.

Good looking flag. Like the stars. 8/10

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

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

18 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.

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

19 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.

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

The bison represents the fauna, while the seal symbolizes the custom of branding

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

Restrained and elegant, incorporates state history but doesn't offend.

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

24 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.

A bald eagle symbolizes war. The sego lily represents peace. The beehive represents hard work. The date 1847 represents the year the Mormon pioneers entered Salt Lake.

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

This one is good.

25 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.

Iowa is better than you

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