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: November 5, 2020
First submittedJune 10, 2016
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Level 74
Jun 10, 2016
I never knew North Carolina is also a Lone Star State!
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Level 87
Jun 11, 2016
It would be nice if the pictures of the flags were bigger.
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Level 64
Jun 11, 2016
You can click on each one to make it appear larger.
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Level 57
Aug 3, 2016
Which, face it, is inconvenient.
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Level 79
Aug 5, 2016
Not to mention time-consuming. And it seemed the ones I didn't have time to click on were the ones with the best clues - palm trees, beehive, covered wagons...I only knew 16.
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Level 59
Jul 13, 2017
I was about to say.
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Level ∞
Apr 13, 2018
The pictures have been enlarged.
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Level 77
Jun 11, 2016
I didn't know that Mississippi still used the flag of the Confederacy.
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Level 64
Jun 13, 2016
Tecnically, the battle flag of the Confederacy
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Level 81
Mar 24, 2020
Well, the war flag of the Confederates certainly makes it sound a lot better.
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2020
Not anymore they don't. Mississippi hasn't had an official flag since June.
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Level 62
Nov 21, 2020
And now they have a new flag! An actually nice one too.
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Level 57
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.
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Level 80
Oct 24, 2018
They were forced to remove the image of a middle finger a few years back, so they're just left with the fond memories of the Confederacy.
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Level 56
Oct 24, 2018
Yeah that's one of the many reasons Alabama loves Mississippi. They're the only state that makes Alabama look good.
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Level 50
Nov 22, 2020
“Thank god for Mississippi”
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Level 88
Jun 13, 2016
We are clearly too fond of blue fields.
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Level 72
Jun 13, 2016
I was cruising along thinking this was pretty easy...then the wheels started to come off...
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Level 64
Jun 13, 2016
Finally this quiz is created!
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Level 64
Jun 13, 2016
Surprised backside of the flag of Oregon isn't included.
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Level 72
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 56
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 72
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 61
Sep 5, 2016
Who on Earth designed the Maryland flag?
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Level 61
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 28
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 14
Sep 9, 2017
Why is Idaho last tho
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Level 78
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 41
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 59
May 13, 2018
Need more time!
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Level 68
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 54
Jun 4, 2019
Yep, New Mexico's is the best! Easily.
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Level 81
Mar 23, 2020
The blue one with the state seal is far better.
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Level 72
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 59
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 66
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 72
Nov 21, 2020
Ohio and Maryland are very unique. North Carolina and Texas are very similar.
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Level 67
Oct 24, 2018
Why do the Kansas and Nebraska flags have mountains on them?
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Level 79
Oct 24, 2018
And West Virginia doesn't???
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Level 80
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 56
Oct 24, 2018
Virginia is my new favorite state flag
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Level 46
Oct 24, 2018
Seeing all of these flags together makes it quite clear why Texans so proudly wave their flag! #allflagsareuglyexceptTEXAS
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2019
Chilenos dig.
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2020
North Carolina has a very similar flag.
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Level 48
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 54
Oct 25, 2018
I got 18. I expected to get 5 but okay
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Level 69
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 54
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.
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Level 65
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 72
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 25
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.
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Level 25
Feb 20, 2020
The bear on the California flag looks tripped out, man.
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Level 81
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 51
Apr 2, 2020
I really like it! Maybe consider randomizing the order each time?
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Level 72
Apr 20, 2020
New Mexico best flag on here.great design.
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Level 36
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 19
Jun 29, 2020
How to delete answers on pictures?
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Level 19
Jun 30, 2020
Only QM and Stewart can do this?
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Level 51
Sep 29, 2020
Yes
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Level 19
Nov 23, 2020
Oh, thanks.
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Level 35
Oct 1, 2020
can you update this when mississippi's new flag comes out soon?
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Level 54
Nov 4, 2020
Mississippi officially changed its flag yesterday.
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2020
Thank you. Updated the quiz.
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Level 33
Nov 14, 2020
Bet you had this comment lined up for months.
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Level 38
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
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Level 74
Nov 21, 2020
The West Virginia flag has a blue border that isn't shown on this quiz.
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Level 82
Nov 22, 2020
Man, those Seal On Blue flags are real SOBs! ;)
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Level 44
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.