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State Flag Quiz: Can You Guess the U.S. State By Its Flag?

What do you really know about the good ol’ U.S. of A.? Take this state flag quiz to test your patriotic smarts.


Mystery flag #1

This U.S. state may be small, but its flag has big national pride. Can you guess which state it is?


Answer: Hawaii. If you think you know the state flags well, test your knowledge of the U.S. state facts that everyone gets wrong.

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Mystery flag #2

Thanks to the state bird featured on this flag (a pelican), the residents of this state can fly their flags in more ways than one. In the land of the free, this shocking percent of Americans have never left the state where they were born.


Answer: Louisiana. Here’s a lesson on the 15 U.S. geography facts you never learned in school.

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Mystery flag #3

At first glance, you might think this flag represents a tropical state like Florida or California. Not so fast! You’ll need to use those agile, all-American noggins to guess this one.


Answer: South Carolina. Don’t miss these American flag photos that’ll make you feel patriotic.


Mystery flag #4

This state’s name means “wooden canoe people” or “he of the big canoe.” But unless you speak Sioux Indian, you might need to sneak a peek at the answer on the next slide. Or, you can use this list that reveals how every state in America got its name!


Answer: Missouri

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Mystery flag #5

History and patriotism collide on this flag. (You’ll get double points on this state flag quiz if you can spell the state’s name correctly!)


Answer: Mississippi

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Mystery flag #6

If you have a hunch the letter C on this flag represents a specific state, you would be correct. But is it California? Connecticut? Read on to find out. Don’t miss the American facts your history teacher never taught you.


Answer: Colorado. Don’t forget to read up the origins of Flag Day and why we celebrate it.

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Mystery flag #7

This state goes by several names, including the Keystone State, the Quaker State, and the Coal State. No word on the “Most Regal Flag” State, though. This state flag quiz isn’t the only way to showcase your national pride. If you need a good laugh, memorize these 50 jokes for each of the 50 states.


Answer: Pennsylvania

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Mystery flag #8

X marks the spot… or the state flag. It might take a treasure hunt to discover which southern state claims this simple (yet stylish!) flag. These are the most historic firsts from every state.


Answer: Alabama


Mystery flag #9

This small state packs a big punch when it comes to its unique flag. It also happens to be one of the happiest states in America.


Answer: Massachusetts


Mystery flag #10

Everything is bigger in this state—including its flag’s bold stripes. No wonder its nickname is “the Lone Star State.” Know what it is? Then try out this quiz to test your knowledge of more state nicknames.

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Answer: Texas

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Mystery flag #11

This state is divided into three sections—east, middle, and west—which are symbolized by the three stars on its flag. And if you try to get married there, you need to know the surprising marriage law you might be breaking.


Answer: Tennessee

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Mystery flag #12

This state boasts the only non-rectangular U.S. state flag; its flag is shaped like a swallowtail or pennant, instead. Although no one knows exactly why it was designed this way, some believe the unique shape represents the distinct groups of early pioneers who settled there. Don’t miss the strangest unsolved mysteries in every state.


Answer: Ohio


Mystery flag #13

People from this state often refer to themselves as “sourdoughs.” Learn more slang words no one outside of your state will understand.


Answer: Alaska


Mystery flag #14

The phrase below the shield means “He who transplanted still sustains” in Latin, which is this state’s motto. Can you guess which New England state claims this colorful flag?


Answer: Connecticut


Mystery flag #15

This flag has some serious star power. Don’t know which state it belongs to? Here’s a tip: The correct answer also happens to be the only U.S. state where McDonald’s uses turquoise arches.

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Answer: Arizona


Mystery flag #16

This state is notorious for its concrete jungles, apple orchards, and one of the world’s most famous waterfalls.

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Answer: New York

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Mystery flag #17

Fun fact: This flag contains a color that is named after the state. Need a hint? It’s a shade of blue! Make sure you know the 20 states where your money can go the furthest.

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Answer: New Jersey

North Carolina State FlagLukasz Stefanski/shutterstock

Mystery flag #18

Something tells us that you can figure this one out, even without any hints (other than the ones already on this flag, of course).

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Answer: North Carolina

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Mystery flag #19

Though this state is located on the coast, that’s not what the anchor on this U.S. state flag represents. The gold anchor is a symbol of hope, and the 13 stars surrounding it symbolize the 13 original colonies. Learn the truth behind these U.S. state facts everyone gets wrong.

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Answer: Rhode Island

The flag of the United States of America State DelawarePaul Stringer/Shutterstock

Mystery flag #20

The date on this U.S. state flag is the day its corresponding state ratified the Constitution, becoming the first state to do so. Within the diamond is the state’s coat of arms and an inscription reading “Liberty and Independence.”

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Answer: Delaware

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Mystery flag #21

This flag’s simple but striking sunburst pays tribute to the Native American tribe indigenous to this area of the U.S. Known as the Zia, they view the sun as sacred and represent it as a red circle with four groups of rays. Don’t miss the best kept secret in every state.

Map view of New Mexico on a geographical globe. (vignette)Victor Maschek/Shutterstock

Answer: New Mexico


Mystery flag #22

This might look more like a fancy playing card than a U.S. state flag, but the two distinct designs on it represent the state’s founders. The black-and-gold one is the crest of the Calverts, this state’s founding family. The red-and-white crest belongs to the Crossland family; Crossland was the surname of the mother of George Calvert. Here’s a hint: the official title of the Calvert family became the name of a major city in this state. It’s not the capital, though! Can you ace this quiz on the U.S. state capitals?

Geographic map of US state Maryland and Washington DC cityBennian/Shutterstock

Answer:  Maryland  (The city, in case you’re wondering, is Baltimore! The Calverts also went by the Lords Baltimore.)

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Mystery flag #23

There’s a whole lot of Latin on this state flag! “E Pluribus Unum” means “from many, one.” “Tuebor” means “I will defend.” And the words on the white banners translate to what might be the most chuckle-worthy of all state mottos: “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” As for the animals, the moose and elk are symbols of the state, while the eagle represents the entire nation. Want more funny state facts? These are the most hilarious street names in every state.

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Answer: Michigan


Mystery flag #24

This state flag, chosen in 2003 to replace an old one containing Confederate imagery, features the gold coat of arms of the state surrounded by 13 stars representing the original colonies.

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Answer: Georgia

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Mystery flag #25

The bright red banner reading Dirigo, or “I Lead,” provides a bright contrast to the blues and yellows of the rest of this flag. The pine tree in the coat of arms also features in this state’s nickname: the Pine Tree State.

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Answer: Maine


Mystery flag #26

Half of the 50 state flags actually proudly proclaim the name of their state. For the rest of the flags in this state flag quiz, starting with this one, the answer is hidden in plain sight, and you’ll have to decode the rest of the clues on the flag to find the answers.

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Answer: Iowa. Take a look at the 12 states that almost became a part of the U.S.

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Mystery flag #27

Here’s another one with the state’s name proclaimed loud and clear. What might be a little less clear is what this state’s flag depicts: the motto, “Thus Always to Tyrants.” The man on the ground represents a tyrant getting his due. Check out these facts about the American flag that prove it’s even cooler than you thought.

Geographic map of Virginia closeBennian/Shutterstock

Answer:  Virginia


Mystery flag #28

This state’s seal, featured here on its state flag, is the only state seal out of all 50 that was designed by a woman. The designer, Emma Edwards Green, was born in 1856 in California—which is not the state she would later design a seal for.

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Answer:  Idaho

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Mystery flag #29

With this state’s iconic Green Mountains in the background and “freedom and unity” surrounding the state name, this state packs a lot of state pride into the small emblem on its mostly blue flag.

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Answer:  Vermont. Next time you take a trip, make sure you visit one of these 50 hidden gems in the U.S.


Mystery flag #30

If you’re a fan of 1970s video games, the yellow image on this flag might seem familiar—and tip you off about the hidden state name shown here. Can you guess the only letter in the alphabet that’s not in any U.S. state name?

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Answer:  Oregon

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Mystery flag #31

Don’t let the motto on this state flag—”Montani Semper Liberi,” meaning “mountaineers are always free”—fool you. This flag doesn’t belong to Montana!

Closeup Selective Focus Of West Virginia State On A Geographical And Political State Map Of The USA.BestStockFoto/Shutterstock

Answer:  West Virginia

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Mystery flag #32

America’s bald eagle mascot takes a prime spot on this Midwestern state’s flag. The two years on the rock represent the date this state became part of the union (1818) and the year the current state seal was designed (1868). Give your U.S. state knowledge a really tricky test by seeing how many states you can identify without their borders.

Closeup Selective Focus Of Illinois State On A Geographical And Political State Map Of The USA.BestStockFoto/Shutterstock

Answer:  Illinois

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Mystery flag #33

This state is nicknamed “the Beehive State,” and this buzzy symbol makes an appearance on its flag.

Utah map background Alexander Lukatskiy/Shutterstock

Answer: Utah


Mystery flag #34

The 13 stars on this U.S. state flag represent the original 13 colonies…even though this state wasn’t actually one of them! Check out these surprising places you didn’t know you could find the American flag.

North Dakota State, USA.atdr/Shutterstock

Answer: North Dakota

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Mystery flag #35

This state’s flower, the goldenrod, blossoms around the display of unity on its state seal.

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Answer: Kentucky. Next, learn about the strangest animals found in every state.

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Mystery flag #36

This flag boasts its state name and its date of statehood in huge text, so that there’s no mistaking which state it belongs to! “Forward” to the next slide to find out what state it is.

Geographic map of US state Wisconsin with important citiesBennian/Shutterstock

Answer: Wisconsin

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Mystery flag #37

The diamond shapes on this flag aren’t just a cool design element; they were included because this state was the only place in North America where diamonds had ever been found at the time of the flag’s design. As for the twenty-five stars within the border of the diamond, they represent the fact that this state was the 25th to join the Union. Learn the story of how the 50-star American flag was designed by a high school student.

Arkansas mapAlexander Lukatskiy/Shutterstock

Answer: Arkansas


Mystery flag #38

The American bison, in addition to adding a stately majesty to this flag, is also this state’s official state mammal and is a favorite of animal-loving tourists at its most famous national park. Here are the 12 White House facts you missed in history class.

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Answer: Wyoming

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Mystery flag #39

Similar to Alabama’s flag with its white background and bright red X, this state flag also belongs to a southern state.

Florida mapAlexander Lukatskiy/Shutterstock

Answer: Florida


Mystery flag #40

This beary nice flag belongs to the state where blue jeans were invented! Find out the most famous invention from every U.S. state.

Map view of California on a geographical globe. (vignette)Victor Maschek/Shutterstock

Answer: California

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Mystery flag #41

The biggest star of the 19 on this flag represents both the state—the 19th to join the U.S. after the original 13—and the North Star, since this is the North Star State.

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Answer: Minnesota

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Mystery flag #42

This state flag pays tribute to the Native Americans native to its land, both with the seal of the Osage Nation above the state name and with the shade of blue in the background, which comes from a Choctaw battle flag. These are the 10 tricky U.S. war history questions most people can’t answer right.

Red pin on Oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA. Copy space available.llucky78/Shutterstock

Answer: Oklahoma


Mystery flag #43

It’s smooth sailing for the USS Raleigh, the warship immortalized on this state flag, which was one of 13 ships built for the original U.S. navy in 1776. The ship is depicted in the harbor of this state’s city of Portsmouth.

Closeup Selective Focus Of New Hampshire State On A Geographical And Political State Map Of The USA.BestStockFoto/Shutterstock

Answer: New Hampshire

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Mystery flag #44

If you’re wondering if this one is as obvious as it might seem…the answer is yes! It’s the only state flag to feature a U.S. president. Here are some astonishing facts you never knew about American presidents.

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Answer: Washington

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Mystery flag #45

Known as the Sunflower State, this state features its delightfully positive motto—”Ad Astra per Aspera,” meaning “to the stars through difficulties”—on its blue-and-gold flag.

Closeup Selective Focus Of Kansas State On A Geographical And Political State Map Of The USA.BestStockFoto/Shutterstock

Answer: Kansas


Mystery flag #46

Boasting a torch reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty’s, but in gold instead of green, this flag’s design represents liberty, enlightenment, and their far-reaching influence. Did you know that green actually wasn’t the Statue of Liberty’s original color?

Geographic map of Indiana closeBennian/Shutterstock

Answer: Indiana


Mystery flag #47

This state is “Battle Born” because it was added to the United States in 1864, during the American Civil War, a distinction it shares with only West Virginia. Don’t let that fool you into thinking these two states are close together, though!

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Answer: Nevada


Mystery flag #48

This scenic state flag has been around since 1905, but the big yellow letters displaying the state’s name actually weren’t added until 1981. For more patriotic pizzazz, check out these iconic adventures in all 50 states.

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Answer: Montana


Mystery flag #49

The name of this state comes from the Native American word for “flat water,” representing the river running through its plains. (Nope, not the Mississippi or the Missouri—the Platte River.)

Geographic map of US state Nebraska with important citiesBennian/Shutterstock

Answer: Nebraska

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Mystery flag #50

If process of elimination doesn’t help you figure out the final state in this state flag quiz, maybe the mention of its most famous landmark will.

Map view of South Dakota on a geographical globe.Victor Maschek/Shutterstock

Answer: South Dakota

Now that this state flag quiz has filled you with patriotic pride, don’t miss these 50 astonishing facts about all 50 states in America.

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine. She is a proud Hufflepuff and member of Team Cap.

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