Ten Worst U.S. State Flag Designs

Dec 23rd, 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.

 

Ten U.S. states were rated the worst of all the flags surveyed. They are listed the order they were ranked.

 

63. New Hampshire

 

New Hampshire

 

New Hampshire was the 9th state admitted to the Union on June 21, 1788. It was one of the original 13 colonies. A state flag was not officially adopted until 1909. Read about New Hampshire's state flag history on our blog.

 

64. Idaho

 

Idaho

 

Idaho was the 43rd state admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. An official state flag was not adopted by the state legislature until 1907. Read about Idaho's state flag history on our blog.

 

65. Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin was admitted as a state in 1848. Its first state flag was not designed until 1863 when Wisconsin regiments of the Civil War requested an official flag that they could fly on the battlefield. The current flag design was adopted in 1981. Read about Wisconsin's state flag history on our blog.

 

66. Kentucky

 

Kentucky

 

Kentucky was the 15th state admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792. It was not until March, 1918, that Kentucky adopted its own state flag. Read about Kentucky's state flag history on our blog.

 

67. Minnesota

 

Minnesota

 

Minnesota was the 32nd state admitted to the Union on May 11, 1858. It adopted its first official flag 35 years later, in 1893. The current flag design was adopted through an amendment to the state flag statute in 1957. Many efforts have been made in the 2000s to pass legislation to adopt a redesign of the Minnesota flag, but all have failed. Read about Minnesota's state flag history on our blog.

 

68. South Dakota

 

South Dakota

 

South Dakota was the 40th state admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889. The state adopted its first official flag in 1909. A bill was introduced in 2012 to adopt a new state flag design. After introduction, the bill was amended so that, rather than adopting a revised flag, a State Flag Commission would be created that would seek new designs from the public for consideration in the 2013 legislative session. After the amended bill was submitted, it was deferred and effectively stalled out in the legislature. Read about South Dakota's state flag history on our blog.

 

69. Kansas

 

Kansas

 

Kansas became the 34th state to join the Union on January 23, 1861. It did not adopt its first official state flag until 1927. Read about Kansas' state flag history on our blog.

 

70. Montana

 

Montana

 

Montana was the 41st state admitted to the Union on November 3, 1889. The state adopted an official state flag in 1905, only six years after it became a state. Read about Montana's state flag history on our blog.

 

71. Nebraska

 

Nebraska

 

Nebraska was the 37th state admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867. The state did not adopt an official flag until 1963. Nebraska was one of the last states in the Union to adopt an official state flag. Read about Nebraska's state flag history on our blog.

 

72. Georgia

 

Georgia

 

Georgia became the 4th of the original 13 colonies to become a state in the Union on January 2, 1788. In 1879, the state adopted its first official flag, 91 years after it became a state. The current official state flag was adopted in 2003. Read about Georgia's state flag history 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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