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, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

My life began in Maryland, and I am very proud of this state's flag. Even though I don't live there, I'm still proud of the beauty and design of this flag. I always thought it was unique, with the colors and the history of the state all brought together. It made me proud to display my hometown flag at the different Army posts 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.

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.

This flag, unlike most of the other state flags, actually shows something that South Carolina is well known for! This flag is in my top 10. (It's literally nicknamed "The Palmetto State.") I wish more states would make their flag have an image of something their state is well known for.

For those who think this is a palm tree, it is not. This is a palmetto tree (hence 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.

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. Its only colors are red, white, and blue. 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 U.S. 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.

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

4 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!

Very detailed and impressive, nice to represent the state and a good symbol overall. I like the style of the flag and just the general presence of it. Noting that it says California Republic, there is no confusion about which state it is (I am looking at you, Hawaii).

5 New Mexico

I'm an 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. 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 47th 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 White Sands' Trinity site? It's in a heck of a lot of movies!

Anyway, New Mexico ROCKS, and we have one of the best flags in the world!

6 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 it 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.

7 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. It has a lot of symbolism in it. The stars on the left side of the flag represent the original 13 colonies. The four stars to the right, when added to the other 13 stars, make 17 because Ohio is the 17th state.

The red and white circle on the flag makes 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, Ohio is the 17th state. Ohio's flag is very unique and has a lot more symbolism than most of the other flags on this list.

8 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 when flying or hanging. Simple and well conceived.

Great colors and a nice design.

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

The most incredible flag ever. It should be in the top 3, not number 9. And what is with the founding dates? Take them off and we will have 49 perfect flags (not Illinois).

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

10 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 U.S.

I like it! Anyway, 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.

The Contenders
11 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.

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

Good looking flag. Like the stars. 8/10.

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

12 Louisiana
13 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.

It's cool and unique, in a gladiator way.

14 Indiana

If it didn't have its name on it (small, I admit), and a brighter yellow and different design, this would've been a perfect flag! As it is now, though, it's a good 7.8/10 (by the way, I'm biased since I live here).

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 including the name. 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.

15 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.
16 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.

Mississippi, I'm so glad you changed your flag. Utah also did this, but you started states redesigning their flags. I love the flag as well. 8.98/10

It's a very new flag and I think it's one of the most beautiful flags there is.

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

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

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 Oklahoma

My grandmother designed this flag. I don't think she approved of the addition of "Oklahoma." It looked much nicer without it. 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.

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

20 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 with a buffalo instead of a pelican.

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

21 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.

If you are a Southerner and know your history and also do not want to offend anyone, you will love this flag.

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

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.

23 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. Iowa is a strong Republican state with Constitutional Carry. Masks have never been mandatory and Iowa was never locked down.

It's clean and not bland, with a message on the ribbon. I would much rather have this flag than the Colorado one or the California flag over the national flag.

I love both the state and the flag. It gives me a sense of both patriotism and liberty.

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.

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 least attractive of the state flags. They should make it zigzag to look similar to the Spanish flag of the 1700s.

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