Municipal Flag Improvement

Thanks in large part to a popular 2015 TED talk by Roman Mars (and Ted Kaye) on the shortcomings of many city flag designs, there are efforts in many North American cities, towns, or other municipalities to improve their flag designs — or to adopt flags for the first time.

Here are the 103 efforts we know about (as of 15 November 2017): Aberdeen, WA; Akron, OHAlbany, ORAlbuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TXBarrington, RI; Bath, MEBellingham, WA; Billings, MT; Birmingham, AL; Bloomington, IN; Boston, MA; Bowling Green, KY; Boulder, CO; Brandon, SDBryan, TX; Burlington, VTCalgary, ABCedar Park, TX; Charleston, SCCleveland, OH; Clovis, NMColumbia, MO; Columbia, SCColumbus, OH; Concrete, WACoral Springs, FLDallas, TX; Dardenne Prairie, MODavis, CA; Edmonton, AB; Elk Ridge, UTEl Paso, TX; Fargo, ND; Firestone, CO; Fort Payne, ALGolden, COGrand Rapids, MI; Harrison, OH; Hattiesburg, MS; Haysville, KSHolland, MI; Hope, BCHuntsville, AL; Janesville, WI; Joplin, MO; Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS/MOKingston, NY; Laconia, NHLancaster, PA; Lake Wales, FLLexington-Fayette, KYLiberty, TX; Liberty Lake, WALos Angeles, CA; Lowell, MA; Madison, WIManchester, NHManlius, NY; Miami, FLMilwaukee, WIMinneapolis, MN; Montpelier, VTMontreal, QC; Mount Dora, FLNaperville, IL; Nixa, MOOklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL; Peoria, AZPhiladelphia, PA; Plano, TXPocatello, ID; Portland, ME; Provo, UT; Raleigh, NC; Redding, CA; Reno, NV; Republic, MO; Rochester, MN; Rockford, ILSan Francisco, CA; San Marcos, TX; Santa Clarita, CASault Ste. Marie, ON; Scottsdale, AZ; Seward, AKSioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Springfield, MOSunnyvale, TX; Syracuse, NY; Tacoma, WA; Tallahassee, FLTampa, FL; Tulsa, OK; Urbana, ILVictoria, BCWest Hollywood, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.

72 of these efforts are ongoing. For the 30 cities of Aberdeen, Albany, Bath, Bellingham, Brandon, Columbia (MO), Coral Springs, Elk Ridge, Golden, Harrison, Haysville, Janesville, Lexington-Fayette, Liberty, Montpelier, Montreal, Mount Dora, Nixa, Orlando, Peoria, Pocatello, Provo, Redding, Republic, Sault Ste. Marie, San Marcos, Seward, South Bend, Sunnyvale, and West Hollywood efforts have succeeded in new flags being adopted. The Manchester effort has failed.

Click click here for a map of all these efforts.

The following are the current flags (if any) for each municipality. If the design effort is centered around a single proposal, it is also shown. Click the city name to learn more about the redesign effort, including multiple proposals that may be under consideration.


Aberdeen, Washington:

flagless
no previous flag
Aberdeen, Washington
new flag, adopted 2016

Akron, Ohio:

Akron, Ohio
current flag

Albany, Oregon:

flagless
no previous flag
Confluence and Crossroads, the flag of Albany, Oregon
new flag, adopted 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Albuquerque, New Mexico.
current flag, adopted 1969
gabere-proposal
proposed flag, 2015

Atlanta, Georgia:

Atlanta, Georgia
current flag, adoption date unknown

Austin, Texas:

Austin, Texas
current flag, adopted 1915

Barrington, Rhode Island:

Barrington, Rhode Island
current flag

Bath, Maine:

flagless
no previous flag
Bath, Maine
new flag, adopted 2013

Bellingham, Washington:

flagless
no previous flag
proposed flag of Bellingham, Washington
new flag, adopted 2017

Billings, Montana:

Billings, Montana
current flag, adopted 1986

Birmingham, Alabama:

Mrs. Idyl King Sorsby created this design for the city's 50th anniversary in 1921.
current flag, adopted 1925

Bloomington, Indiana:

Bloomington, Indiana (detail of photo by Daniel Robison, Indiana Public Media)
current flag
proposed flag Bloomington, IN
proposed flag

Boston, Massachusetts:

Boston, Massachusetts
current flag, adopted 1917

Boulder, Colorado:

flagless
no previous flag

Bowling Green, Kentucky:

Bowling Green, Kentucky
current flag, adopted 1996
proposed flag Bowling Green, Kentucky
proposed flag, 2015

Brandon, South Dakota:

flagless
no previous flag
Brandon, South Dakota
new flag, adopted 2017

Bryan, Texas:

Bryan, Texas
current flag, adopted 2004
proposed flag Bryan, Texas
proposed flag, 2015

Burlington, Vermont:

us-vtbur
current flag, adopted ca. 1991

Calgary, Alberta:

Calgary, Alberta
current flag
proposed flag Calgary, Alberta
proposed flag

Cedar Park, Texas:

Cedar Park, Texas
current flag (unofficial)
short-lived replacement
new flag adopted 2016, retracted 2017

Cleveland, Ohio:

Cleveland, Ohio
current flag, adopted 1896

Clovis, New Mexico:

Clovis, New Mexico
current flag: seal on yellow field

Columbia, Missouri:

Columbia, Missouri (1988-2016)
previous flag, adopted 1988
Columbia, Missouri (2016-)
new flag, adopted 2016

Columbia, South Carolina:

Columbia, South Carolina
current flag, adopted 1912

Columbus, Ohio:

Columbus, Ohio
current flag, adopted 1929
Columbus, Ohio (proposed)
proposed flag, 2015

Concrete, Washington:

flagless
no previous flag

Coral Springs, Florida:

Coral Springs (old)
previous flag, adoption date unknown
Coral Springs (new)
new flag, adopted 2017

Dallas, Texas:

Dallas, Texas
current flag, adopted 1967
Dallas, Texas (proposed)
proposed flag, 2015

Dardenne Prairie, Missouri:

flagless
no previous flag

Davis, California:

flagless
no previous flag

proposed flag

Edmonton, Alberta:

Edmonton, Alberta
current flag
El Paso, Texas (proposed)
proposed flag

Elk Ridge, Utah:

flagless
no previous flag
Elk-Stripes
new flag, adopted 2017

El Paso, Texas:

El Paso, Texas
current flag,
adopted 29 March 1962
El Paso, Texas (proposed)
proposed flag

Fargo, North Dakota:

flagless
no previous flag

unadopted 2015 contest winner

Firestone, Colorado:

flagless
no previous flag
Firestone, CO
new flag, adopted 2017

Fort Payne, Alabama:

flagless
no previous flag
Fort Payne, AL
winning designs to be merged

Golden, Colorado:

Golden, CO (1996-2012)
previous flag, 1996-2012

current flag adopted 2012

Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Grand Rapids, Michigan
current flag, adopted 1915

Harrison, Ohio:

flagless
no previous flag
Harrison, Ohio
new flag, adopted 2016

Haysville, Kansas:

former flag adopted 1993
former flag, adopted 1993
Dana DeCicco's winning design
new flag, October 2017

Holland, Michigan:

Holland, Michigan
current flag, adopted 2002

Hope, British Columbia:

Hope, British Columbia
current flag

Huntsville, Alabama:

Huntsville AL flag
current flag (status uncertain)
Hunstville, Alabama
proposed flag, 2016

Janesville, Wisconsin:

flagless
no previous flag
Janesville, Wisconsin
new flag, adopted 2015

Joplin, Missouri:

Joplin, Missouri
current flag, adopted 1977
Joplin, MO (proposed)
proposed flag (contest winner, 2016)

Kansas City, Missouri:

Kansas City, Missouri
current flag

Kansas City, KS/MO:

flagless
no previous flag

Kingston, New York:

Kingston, NY
current flag, adopted 1984
Kingston, NY (proposed)
proposed flag, 2016

Laconia, New Hampshire:

Laconia, New Hampshire
current flag, adopted 1965

Lake Wales, Florida:

flagless
no previous flag

Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
current flag, adopted 1907
proposed flag
proposed flag

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky:

Lexington government
government flag, adopted 1983
Lexington community spirit
“community spirit” flag, adopted 2017

Liberty, Texas:

flagless
no previous flag
Liberty, Texas
new flag, adopted 2015

Liberty Lake, Washington:

flagless
no previous flag

Los Angeles, California:

Los Angeles, California
current flag, adopted 1931

Lowell, Massachusetts:

Lowell, Massachusetts
current flag, adopted 1960 (unofficial)

Madison, Wisconsin:

Madison flag with Zia symbol
current flag

Manchester, New Hampshire:

Manchester, New Hampshire
current flag (unofficial)

Manlius, New York:

flagless
no previous flag
Manlius, New York proposed flag
proposed flag (captured from video)

Miami, Florida:

Miami, Florida
current flag, adopted 1933
Miami
proposed flag, 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
current flag, adopted 1954
Milwaukee, Wisconsin proposed flag
proposed flag (contest winner, 2016)

Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Minneapolis, Minnesota
current flag, adopted 27 May 1955

Montpelier, Vermont:

Montpelier 2001
previous flag, adopted 2001
finalist2-chet-larrow-winner
new flag, adopted 2017

Montreal, Quebec:

Montreal, Quebec (1939)
previous flag, adopted 1939
Montreal, Quebec (2017)
new flag, adopted 2017

Mount Dora, Florida:

flagless
no previous flag
Mount Dora, Florida
new flag, adopted 2017

Naperville, Illinois:

Naperville, Illinois
current flag, adopted 1974
Naperville (proposed)
proposed flag

Nixa, Missouri:

Former flag of Nixa
previous flag
Nixa flag, designed by Tracy Southard of Delaware
new flag, adopted 1 November 2017

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
current flag, adopted 1994

Orlando, Florida:

Orlando, FL
previous flag, adopted 1980
flag of Orlando, FL
new flag, adopted 2017

Peoria, Arizona:

former flag of Peoria, AZ
previous flag,
unofficial since 1954
Peoria, Arizona
new flag, adopted 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
current flag
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (proposed)
proposed flag

Plano, Texas:

Plano, Texas
current flag

Pocatello, Idaho:

previous flag Pocatello, Idaho
previous flag, adopted 2001
new flag of Pocatello, Idaho
new flag, adopted 2017

Portland, Maine:

Portland, Maine
current flag, adoption date unknown
'Portland Beacon' by Matthew Moray
proposed flag (contest winner, 2016)

Provo, Utah:

Former flag of Provo (1985-2015). Designed by Steven Hales Creative Design ad agency (halescreative.com).
previous flag, adopted 1985
Provo, Utah
new flag, adopted 2015

Raleigh, North Carolina:

Raleigh, North Carolina (front)
current flag (front), adopted 1899
Raleigh, North Carolina (proposed)
proposed flag, 2015

Redding, California:

Redding, CA
previous flag, adoption date unknown
Redding, California (contest winning proposal)
new flag, adopted 2017

Reno, Nevada:

Reno, Nevada
current flag, unofficial since 1959

Republic, Missouri:

Republic, Missouri
previous flag, adopted 1991, revised 1999
new flag of Republic
new flag, adopted 2016

Rochester, Minnesota:

Rochester, Minnesota
current flag, adopted 1980

Rockford, Illinois:

Rockford, IL
current flag

San Francisco, California:

San Francisco, California
current flag, adopted 14 April 1900

San Marcos, Texas:

San Marcos, Texas (1989)
previous flag, adopted 1989
San Marcos, Texas (2016)
new flag, adopted 2016

Santa Clarita, California:

Santa Clarita, CA
current flag, adopted 1996
Santa Clarita (proposed)
proposed flag, 2015

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario:

previous flag
previous flag
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
new flag, adopted 2016

Scottsdale, Arizona:

Scottsdale, AZ
current flag

Seward, Alaska:

flagless
no previous flag
Seward, Alaska
new flag, adopted 12 December 2016

Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

flagless
no previous flag
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
proposed flag (contest winner, 2014)

South Bend, Indiana:

Previous flag of South Bend, Indiana
previous flag, adopted 1965
South Bend, Indiana
new flag, adopted 2016

Springfield, Missouri:

Springfield, Missouri
current flag, adopted 1938
Springfield MO proposal
proposed flag, 2016

Sunnyvale, Texas:

old flag of Springfield
previous flag (unofficial)
Sunnyvale, Texas
new flag, adopted 27 April 2015

Syracuse, New York:

Syracuse, New York
current flag

Tacoma, Washington:

Tacoma, Washington
current flag
proposed Tacoma flag
proposed flag

Tallahassee, Florida:

Tallahassee
current flag

Tampa, Florida:

Tampa, Florida
current flag, adopted 8 July 1930

Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Tulsa, Oklahoma
current flag, adopted 1973
Jordan Winn's proposal (contest winner, 2017)
proposed flag (contest winner, 2017)

Urbana, Illinois:

flagless
no previous flag

West Hollywood, California:

Flag of West Hollywood (1986)
current flag, adopted 1986
West Hollywood, California (2016 variant)
variant flag, adopted 2014

Winston-Salem, North Carolina:

Winston-Salem
current flag, adopted 1936
Winston-Salem proposal
proposed flag, 2017
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