Our state's flag is bigger and bolder than most. If you ask any Texan they'll agree the Lone Star state's colors represent thoroughly for who we are in America. There aren't many states that can claim that, and you know it doesn't even matter that some South Americans mistake our state flag for that of an entire country's, Chile.
With all that, we're glad we made the top 10 of a Ranker list of the best state flags. Number seven out of 50 ain't bad, but what does it take to be number one? (Maybe a few late votes after you read this post, hmmm?) Here's a look at those state flags who bested us (allegedly) and what we really think about them. Are they really better?
Number 7: Texas
You see the Lone Star flying bold and proud everywhere you go around here. It's a statement about who we are and what we aspire to as Texans. Plus, the design is so versatile and it makes a great bikini or purse. And who could fault that we're like a better version of that busy looking U.S. flag.
Number 6: Colorado
A Cubs fan was behind this flag, we think. But that doesn't matter because what would make this flag better and make it deserving of being better than us is if the C was green and had the jagged edges of a cannabis leaf. I mean: ground breaking.
Number 5: South Carolina
This one is so hard to place. Like, if this was a game show, and you said, "Name this state flag," we'd be inclined to yell out something in Arabic. I know it's from the south, but it looks from the Middle East. Which is cool and all, like a bunch of Hallal chickens in heat atop a palm tree with the crescent moon beaming down on them. We dig it, it's just not better than ours.
Number 4: Alaska
That's the Big Dipper (or is it the Little Dipper?) ready to catch the North Star, right? We're not sure, since we're not astronomers. Where was the design aesthetic in this piece? It's like a page from a kids bedtime story book. Alaska has those cool northern lights and those oil pipes, and Eskimos. Do we need to go on? According to wikipedia this flag was designed by a 13-year-old kid who was in the 7th grade. Damn.
Number 3: Arizona
You know it feels like they wanted to be so like Texas when they ripped off our single-star motif. It's supposed to represent all that fine bronze Arizona is famous for mining (it makes us think of the sheriff's badge we see there when we get pulled over for looking too Mexican). This flag was created some 50-plus years before the Super Friends cartoon debuted on TV, but we have to say that the Saturday morning cartoon stripes makes us feel all warm and cuddly inside.
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Number 2: New Mexico
Blame our Netflix addiction to a particular show, but this just makes us think of a meth addict's hot fever dream --- or a peyote trip. Those might be hands coming out of the sun, waiting to smack us. But it's probably some homage to American Indian togetherness, a throwback to a time when the Zia people lived on the land, the yellow represents the Spanish conquistadors. If you took 5th grade social studies you know how that meeting ended.
Yeah. Right. No way this is better than Texas' flag. Truth is, this flag puzzles us and makes us keep looking. Actually, it feels like some sort of aptitude test and since we hate standardized testing we're questioning why anyone would put this on a flag for any reason. Still, good attempt at being interesting, MD.