Tacoma, Washington, City Flag

Dec 22nd, 2017


Tacoma is located in the northwest region of the state of Washington. The city was incorporated in 1875 and expanded in 1884 when it merged with New Tacoma.


The city of Tacoma’s current flag was officially adopted in 1991 as a part of its Corporate Identity Program, CIP. It has a blue field and features the city seal in the center. It was felt that the seal and its historical significance would reinforce the city flag’s status. The seal features a scene that includes the local landmark, Mount Rainier.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Tacoma’s flag ranked 132nd out of 150 flags. Almost all flags that contain a solid field and a city seal or coat of arms ranked quite low in the survey. In addition, the flag does not follow the Vexillologist the rules of simple flag design.


Tacoma adopted its second official flag in 1972. That flag had a white field and featured a semicircle of red, orange and yellow stripes arched over a round blue emblem containing an image of Mount Rainier, open water, and a blue seagull. Below the ends of the colored stripes the “City of Tacoma” was printed in blue and curved around the emblem. It was designed by area residents Larry Lawson and John Wallerich. The Tacoma-Pierce County Civil Arts Commission recommended the flag to the city council.


The city’s first official flag was adopted in 1931. The top half of the field was crimson and the bottom half gold. This flag featured the city seal in the center. It was designed by a member of the Chamber of Commerce Military and Naval Affairs Committee, C.A. Darmer.


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