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U.S. State Flags

50 state flags. Can you match each flag to the state to which it belongs?
Some flags altered to remove text and/or blank space
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
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Last updated: January 16, 2024
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First submittedJune 10, 2016
Times taken102,504
Average score36.0%
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+10
Level 83
Jun 11, 2016
I didn't know that Mississippi still used the flag of the Confederacy.
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Level 60
Jun 13, 2016
Tecnically, the battle flag of the Confederacy
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Level 89
Mar 24, 2020
Well, the war flag of the Confederates certainly makes it sound a lot better.
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2020
Not anymore they don't. Mississippi hasn't had an official flag since June.
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Level 71
Nov 21, 2020
And now they have a new flag! An actually nice one too.
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Level 60
Aug 4, 2016
Still...well they reinstated the rebel flag when schools were forced to integrate during the civil rights movement. Prior to then, the rebel flag was not part of the state flag.
+15
Level 92
Jun 13, 2016
We are clearly too fond of blue fields.
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Level 77
Jun 13, 2016
I was cruising along thinking this was pretty easy...then the wheels started to come off...
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Level 60
Jun 13, 2016
Finally this quiz is created!
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Level 60
Jun 13, 2016
Surprised backside of the flag of Oregon isn't included.
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Level 33
May 29, 2022
i mean the Paraguay flag on the country flags quiz only had the obverse
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Level 48
Dec 25, 2022
Would be a dead giveaway, but still
+12
Level 69
Jun 19, 2016
I had no idea Maryland's flag was so off the reservation. It looks like it should be the standard of the royal family of Luxembourg or something.
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Level 51
Aug 3, 2016
You're not too far off, it is representative of the family shield of Lord Baltimore if I'm not mistaken.
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Level 43
Sep 15, 2023
Maryland has the best flag...it incorporates both the coats of arms used by George Calvert. You will find the Marylanders use the flag in many ways, including on their vehicles, as articles of clothing, household decorations. We love our flag :-)
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Level 45
Oct 2, 2023
I am a marylander, in comparison to other state flags, its great. but I personally dislike the flag. I think NM is the best
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Level 69
Jun 19, 2016
For a fun, silly read, check out this totally tongue-in-cheek ranking of all the US state flags (plus the District of Columbia, which I wish would have been included here, because it's actually a very nice, striking design).

http://archives.bluenationreview.com/ranked-all-50-state-flags/

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Level 68
Sep 5, 2016
Who on Earth designed the Maryland flag?
+15
Level 68
Sep 5, 2016
At least it's recognizable, I guess... I can barely tell all those blue flags with little seals on them apart when they're sitting right next to each other
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Level 24
Nov 21, 2017
First, best state flag

Second, i think it was a combination of the flags of two primary land owners (Lord Baltimore and someone else)

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Level 79
Aug 7, 2022
It's one of the few that's actually decent imo. Most of the others are so incredibly boring and similar. It was the first one I recognized because it at least has some character and distinguishing features. New mexico and S. Carolina are kinda cool and different, too. The rest are ugly as sin.
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Level 46
Apr 18, 2024
lord baltimore
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Level 12
Sep 9, 2017
Why is Idaho last tho
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Level 56
Oct 21, 2022
They hate us
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Level 82
Mar 29, 2018
I'd put Arizona's flag as a top 10er world wide. Not sure about any of the others. Washington looks like a cheap toothpaste brand.
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Level 39
May 12, 2019
After seeing the QM's ranking of the flags, on the jetpunk blog, That flag will always make me think of the glorious empire of Arizona.
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Level 55
May 13, 2018
Need more time!
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Level 73
Jun 15, 2018
Took me three times but helped me learn some of the flags I didn't really know.

The dates and pictures on the flags really help with guessing.

The best flag is New Mexico by a mile, although I suppose the Zia could be a little bigger.

I also really like Arizona. I think underrated flags are Hawaii, Ohio and Rhode Island, even Wyoming. You need something big, bold, easily recognizable, can be seen from a distance.

I do kind of like Virginia, because it's so gonzo.

The absolute worst flags? Wisconsin (1848!!!), South Dakota, North Dakota (not very good artistry at all), Nevada (so many lost opportunities, why isn't their flag the oro y plata one? Also, why does Idaho need to say "Idaho" two times on its flag?

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Level 51
Jun 4, 2019
Yep, New Mexico's is the best! Easily.
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Level 89
Mar 23, 2020
The blue one with the state seal is far better.
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2020
Maryland's is pretty cool. Ohio's is distinctive. Texas and North Carolina copied each other and Chile. New Mexico is pretty cool. South Carolina's is good but would be better if the blue was a couple shades lighter. I would guess Idaho's says 'Idaho' twice because it is so boring that they need to remind people who it belongs to.
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Level 55
Aug 19, 2018
I've taken this quiz several times and just now was able to get to the end. I've repeatedly said that this quiz needs to be at least twice as long.
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Level 72
Oct 24, 2018
Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Alaska are cool. All the others are kind of awful. "Let's just take a Royal Blue background and put a children's drawing seal on it" :)
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2020
Ohio and Maryland are very unique. North Carolina and Texas are very similar.
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Level 68
Feb 7, 2021
Tennessee is good too
+7
Level 70
Oct 24, 2018
Why do the Kansas and Nebraska flags have mountains on them?
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2018
And West Virginia doesn't???
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Level 82
Oct 24, 2018
I looked up Kansas and apparently the original Kansas territory included part of the Rocky Mountains. The land currently incorporated into the state is, however, flatter than a pancake. Literally.
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Level 45
Oct 24, 2018
Seeing all of these flags together makes it quite clear why Texans so proudly wave their flag! #allflagsareuglyexceptTEXAS
+3
Level 76
Apr 27, 2019
Chilenos dig.
+2
Level 78
Nov 21, 2020
North Carolina has a very similar flag.
+4
Level 49
Oct 24, 2018
I only got 5, but I really enjoyed the lesson in how not to design flags! So bad!

if you have to put the name of what you are representing on the flag, you have failed

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Level 56
Oct 25, 2018
I got 18. I expected to get 5 but okay
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Level 72
Jan 30, 2019
Only four states are called commonwealth. Yet only 18% get the one which has "Commonwealth of _________" on it.
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Level 93
Aug 18, 2023
To be fair, that state is easily the one least referred to as "The Commonwealth of _____." Virginia is definitely the most proud of that title.
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Level 51
Jun 4, 2019
Best flag of all--New Mexico, hands down. Great job putting their flag at the top left to introduce this quiz properly! Jamaica has the best national flag; New Mexico best state flag.
+4
Level 67
Nov 21, 2020
I think Canada has the best national flag. Everyone else is all stars and shields and suns, but there is nothing like that bright red maple leaf on a white field. So distinct and iconic.
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2020
I think the dragon on Bhutan's and the bird of paradise on PNG's are the best. Canada is very distinctive, though.
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Level 24
Feb 20, 2020
Mad respect for Quizmaster... They had to find every flag one by one on Wiki, copy the link, paste it, and repeat fifty times.
+4
Level 24
Feb 20, 2020
The bear on the California flag looks tripped out, man.
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Level 89
Mar 23, 2020
I can't believe I sat through a TED talk, let alone a guy getting emotionally fragile over flags, but it was worth 18 minutes of my life.

https://youtu.be/pnv5iKB2hl4

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Level 56
Apr 2, 2020
I really like it! Maybe consider randomizing the order each time?
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Level 83
Apr 20, 2020
New Mexico best flag on here.great design.
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Level 35
May 21, 2020
bruh half of these look the exact same. they're just blue with a bunch of complicated stuff in the midle. props to the states that actually have original state flags.
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Level 43
Jun 29, 2020
How to delete answers on pictures?
+2
Level 43
Jun 30, 2020
Only QM and Stewart can do this?
+2
Level 56
Sep 29, 2020
Yes
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Level 43
Nov 23, 2020
Oh, thanks.
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Level 61
Oct 1, 2020
can you update this when mississippi's new flag comes out soon?
+4
Level 55
Nov 4, 2020
Mississippi officially changed its flag yesterday.
+8
Level ∞
Nov 5, 2020
Thank you. Updated the quiz.
+5
Level 37
Nov 14, 2020
Bet you had this comment lined up for months.
+1
Level 69
Nov 18, 2020
One thing I learned from this quiz: the flags of the states are about as coordinated as a rhino on ice skates
+3
Level 78
Nov 21, 2020
The West Virginia flag has a blue border that isn't shown on this quiz.
+3
Level 88
Nov 22, 2020
Man, those Seal On Blue flags are real SOBs! ;)
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Level 56
Nov 23, 2020
Well I didn't know very many of these but I would say it looks like Ohio is having the most fun.
+1
Level 57
Feb 7, 2021
The West Virginia flag needs to have the blue border
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Level 17
Sep 16, 2021
Yeah that's what confused me for a second but I eventually got it
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Level 44
Apr 8, 2021
Argh! How to edit pictures??
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Level 57
Aug 4, 2021
I am wondering that also.
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2021
All the blue flags are really confusing.
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Level 89
Jun 14, 2022
Too much blue, plenty of red and white.
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Level 56
Mar 23, 2022
YESS I FINALLY DID IT THIS WAS SO HARD WiTH ALL THE BLUE FLAGS OMG
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Level 60
Apr 21, 2022
Whether you can name them all or not, I think we can all agree that many of these flags are truly awful.
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Level 65
Jun 14, 2022
Is this the flag designers' way to show that they don't get payed enough?
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Level 93
Dec 1, 2023
A lot of these states didn't have flags until the late 1800's, and I think they made them quickly to put them on official stamps or something like that? So a lot of states haven't felt the need to change theirs in decades, as doing so takes time, effort and money.
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Level 49
Jun 14, 2022
Very original flags some of these. I can't say a lot about the majority though.
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Level 66
Jun 14, 2022
most of these flags stink big time...some notable exceptions like Maryland, Texas, Alaska, Hawaii, etc. Those are usually the most memorable ones too
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2022
Arizona, New Mexico, and Mississippi are the best, in my opinion.
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Level 59
Jun 14, 2022
I've been saying this forever but yeah a lot of these states desperately need new flags. Most are just blue with the state seal. Pretty boring, bland, and don't do a good job describing something about the state like colors, animals, or other symbols.
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Level 37
Jul 7, 2022
New York's flag is outdated. They added "E Pluribus Unum" under the Excelsior.
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Level 56
Oct 22, 2022
Rhode Island and New Mexico
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Level 61
Dec 5, 2022
blue...
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Level 61
Dec 5, 2022
New Mexico, Texas, Arizona are top 3 flags. oh Alaska is close 4th.
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Level 36
May 2, 2023
agreed, especially as someone from arizona
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2023
the rhode island flag's white border is missing a side
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Level 49
Mar 14, 2023
WV's flag is missing its blue border which is imo crucial to guessing it
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2023
This isn't urgent, but Utah recently approved a new flag set to be used in 2024. Maybe that's a good time to overhaul some of the other flags on here that need smaller updates
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Level 38
Apr 7, 2023
As somebody who lives in Utah, I much prefer the new one. It's simpler, and it stands out way more than the old blue one.
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Level 36
May 2, 2023
thats what i was also gonna say, but i thought it was already in use
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Level 44
Apr 10, 2023
i am actually sad, i only got 24, yet it is better than 75.6%, for people who need help kentucky is the one of only two commonwealth states, along with Virginia.
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Level 54
Apr 28, 2023
Boy, this is proof that about 2/3's of US state flags need changed.

They're almost impossible to differentiate from a distance.

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Level 66
Jul 18, 2023
It's not super relevant at the moment, but both Mississippi and Utah's new flags suck. The only flags I would call truly bad on the list are Connecticut and Minnesota.
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Level 93
Aug 9, 2023
HARD Disagree with you there. Mississippi's new flag is among the best in the nation, and Utah's, while not as good, is a marked improvement from the boring "state seal on blue background" that most states have.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2023
I love Mississippi's new flag, I think it's beautiful. The old flag was full of hatred and ugliness.
+1
Level 93
Dec 1, 2023
Good point, even though it might not be everyone's cup of sweet tea, I think we can all agree it's better than the version that had the Confederate battle flag on it...
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Level 51
Sep 4, 2023
I learned all the flags while making a scratch game about them
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2023
This was hard, I didn't know all the flag of Americas before. Finished with 5 seconds left.
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Level 47
Nov 14, 2023
Man these blue-background flags 😭
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Level 76
Nov 21, 2023
I don't really understand why you removed the blank space on the flags. Especially with states like West Virginia, it was much harder to recognize because you didn't include the blue border around it.
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Level 68
Dec 12, 2023
Utah has a new flag now.
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Level 51
Jan 24, 2024
Why is there a yellow border on 3/4 of Rhode Islands Flag? When researching Rhode Islands flag It does not seem to have the yellow border.
+1
Level 47
Mar 18, 2024
Missed Minnesota and Idaho.
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Level 49
Apr 14, 2024
The West Virginia flag is LITERALLY INCORRECT