Nine Best Designed State Flags in the U.S.

Dec 22nd, 2016

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted a survey of U.S. state and territories and Canadian provinces flags. NAVA members of the public in 20 countries rated the flag design qualities of 72 Canadian provinces and U.S. states and territories. Over 29,000 votes were recorded.

 

Nine U.S. states and territories and one Canadian flag ranked in the top ten. They are listed the order they were ranked.

 

1. New Mexico       

 

   New Mexico

 

New Mexico became the 47th state admitted to the Union on January 6, 1912. It adopted an official state flag in 1925. Read about the history of New Mexico's flag on our blog.

 

2. Texas

 

Texas

 

Texas was the 28th state admitted into the Union on December 29, 1845. The state flag, called the “Lone Star Flag”, was adopted by the Congress of the Republic of Texas on January 25, 1839. Read about the history of Texas' flag on our blog.

 

3. Quebec

 

Quebec

 

Quebec officially adopted its flag on January 21, 1948. Each year on that date celebrations are held to commemorate the day.

 

4. Maryland

 

Maryland

 

Maryland was the 7th state admitted into the Union on April 28, 1788. It officially adopted its flag in 1904. Read about the history of Maryland's flag on our blog.

 

5. Alaska

 

Alaska

 

Alaska became the 49th state admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959. It officially adopted a state flag that same year. Read about the history of Alaska's flag on our blog.

 

6. Arizona

 

Arizona

 

Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the Union on February 12, 1912. An official state flag was adopted by the Arizona Legislature in 1917. Read about the history of Arizona's flag on our blog.

 

7. Puerto Rico

 

Puerto Rico

 

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico officially adopted its flag in 1952. Read about the history of Puerto Rico's flag on our blog.

 

8. District of Columbia

 

DC

 

The District of Columbia, D.C., is a special independent federal district; it is not a state and is not a part of any state. Its creation as the permanent national capital was approved by the United States Congress in 1790. It adopted an official flag in 1938. Read about the history of the District of Columbia's flag on our blog.

 

9. Marshall Island

 

Marshall Island

 

Marshall Island is a U.S. territory located in the Pacific Ocean near the quator. It adopted its flag in 1979 when it became self-governing.

 

10. South Carolina

 

South Carolina

 

South Carolina was the 8th state admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788. It adopted an official flag in 1861. Read about the history of South Carolina's flag on our blog.

 

NAVA members and the public preferred distinctive flags with simple, strong designs. The “seal on a bedsheet” design was the least favorite, and flags that used a state seal were ranked among the worst flags.

 

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