Best U.S. State Flags

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The Top Ten

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

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.

I mean, come on. This flag isn't just some logo slapped onto a blue background, it isn't some stupidly drawn image, it's a geometric pattern, and who doesn't like that?

Not because I was born into the rich history of the state of Maryland but compared to the rest, it's a good looking flag especially when it's flying along the U.S. Flag it really stands out and is a eye catcher

Toughest flag hands down!

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2 New Mexico 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.

It is definitely one of the most beautiful state flags of the United States. It represents such a beautiful state (culturally and in beauty) well.

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.

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3 South Carolina 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 state flag symbol has a reason behind it, Maryland state flag looks like a little kid drew it

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4 Texas Texas Texas is a state in the 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. - eventer51314

We were a country and our flag actually represents something

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. - westofohio

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5 Arizona Arizona

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.

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... )

Really cool flag, design is pretty creative.

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6 California California

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!

Coolest looking flag by far.

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7 Ohio 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.

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

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

Only flag in the US that is not rectangular shape. - Connor360

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8 Colorado 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.

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.

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.

Is this a flag for a business, or a state. Ew.

9 Tennessee 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.

Simple and beautiful.

10 Indiana 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 the only flag I like on this list, other than PA.

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

The Contenders

11 Delaware 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.

12 Louisiana Louisiana V 1 Comment
13 Alaska 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.
14 Pennsylvania 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!

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15 Alabama 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

Actually Alabama had it first.
Alabama 1819
Northern Ireland 1921

16 Wyoming 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.

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

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

18 Nevada Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America. V 1 Comment
19 Rhode Island 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.

Underrated - Niall Ashraf, Flag enthusiast

20 Illinois 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!

It just looks so cool :D! - Co0lk1d25

Looks so poorly drawn. What's with the sun.

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