Could YOU pass the test?

Given this page of the 50 state flags; how many could you identify ?? (assuming that the few with the names on them also have the letters blurred out)

*** Personally, I’d be lucky at about 20-25%…

How many of these can you identify? Easy ones first.


Illionois maine oregon all the ones with the state names on.


Here’s a hint… I’m pretty sure the state flags in that graphic are in alphabetical order.


Since they’re in alphabetical order, I think I could do okay :wink:



Here goes:

  1. Alabama (aka Flag Not Found)
  2. Alaska (big dipper)
  3. Arizona (distinctive flag)
  4. Arkansas (distinctive flag)
  5. Colorado (distinctive flag)
  6. California (the Bear Flag)
  7. Florida (think of it as another Alabama)
  8. Georgia (I only know this because I have family there)
  9. Hawaii (Union Jack)
  10. Illinois (lived there many years, can’t not recognize it)
  11. Indiana (see Illinois explanation)
  12. Iowa (a little guessworky but I can recognize it)
  13. Louisiana (pelican)
  14. Maryland (distinctive flag)
  15. Massachusetts (the arm and sword thingy above the seal)
  16. Mississippi (Confederate flag)
  17. Missouri (two bears)
  18. New Mexico (distinctive flag)
  19. Ohio (the only non-quadrilateral state flag)
  20. Oklahoma (Native American imagery)
  21. Oregon (the only double-sided state flag)
  22. Rhode Island (anchor)
  23. South Carolina (palmetto)
  24. Tennessee (distinctive flag)
  25. Texas (distinctive flag)
  26. Utah (beehive)
  27. Washington (the guy’s picture is on the flag)
  28. Wyoming (buffalo)

That’s 28 out of 50 without needing to read words but needing a fair bit of image resolution.

If words are included but the state name is not on the flag:

  1. Delaware (the date they became The First State in the US)
  2. Michigan (has “look at this fucking peninsula” written on it in Latin)
  3. West Virginia (the date they became a state, like Delaware)
  4. Wisconsin (the year they became a state, yet again)

That gets me four more without having to read the state name.

In total, that’s 32 state flags I can recognize. I’m well-traveled within the US and a colossal nerd. Flag designers need to step up their game. Most just slap their state seal on a plain background, usually blue.

Didn’t we have this conversation recently?


Yes. Maryland’s is the worst or best. Depends on the eye of beholder.


Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin

I would have got more if more states put their name in big letters on their flags :stuck_out_tongue:


Theres one that says excelsior so I’m guessing that will be new york.

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Good catch.

Of course, not straining my eyes, I get:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Hawaii
  10. Illinois
  11. Indiana
  12. Iowa
  13. Kansas
  14. Louisiana
  15. Maryland
  16. Massachusetts
  17. Mississippi
  18. Montana
  19. New Mexico
  20. North Carolina
  21. Ohio
  22. Oklahoma
  23. Oregon
  24. Rhode Island
  25. South Carolina
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Washington
  29. Wisconsin
  30. Wyoming

30 this time, if we take into account that the flags are kind of an eye test.


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