Santa Ana, California, City Flag

Mar 10th, 2018


Santa Ana is the seat of Orange County in southern California. It is located along the banks of the Santa Ana River and is a part of the Great Los Angeles Area. The city was founded in 1869, and incorporated in 1886. The city was named in honor of Saint Anne.


The city of Santa Ana adopted an official flag in 1984. There is no information available about how the flag was chosen or who designed the flag. The flag is diagonally divided with gold at the top and blue at the bottom and features the city seal in the center.


The meanings assigned to the city seal include the following:


*     Blue and Gold: The city’s official colors

*     County Building: Reflects the city’s status as the seat of Orange County

*     Sun: Reflective of the city’s abundant sunshine

*     “The Golden City”: The city’s nickname


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Santa Ana’s flag ranked 92nd out of 150 flags. Most city’s that use a city coat of arms or seal ranked low in the survey. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


A city flag design contest was held in 1976 by the city council. The mayor, John Garthe, and the public information officer, Frank Blaszcak, were tasked with choosing the top three designs and present them to the city council for a final decision. It appears that the designs did not meet with council approval since a flag was not officially adopted until 1984.


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