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, OH; Albany, OR; Albuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Barrington, RI; Bath, ME; Bellingham, WA; Billings, MT; Birmingham, AL; Bloomington, IN; Boston, MA; Bowling Green, KY; Boulder, CO; Brandon, SD; Bryan, TX; Burlington, VT; Calgary, AB; Cedar Park, TX; Charleston, SC; Cleveland, OH; Clovis, NM; Columbia, MO; Columbia, SC; Columbus, OH; Concrete, WA; Coral Springs, FL; Dallas, TX; Dardenne Prairie, MO; Davis, CA; Edmonton, AB; Elk Ridge, UT; El Paso, TX; Fargo, ND; Firestone, CO; Fort Payne, AL; Golden, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; Harrison, OH; Hattiesburg, MS; Haysville, KS; Holland, MI; Hope, BC; Huntsville, AL; Janesville, WI; Joplin, MO; Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS/MO; Kingston, NY; Laconia, NH; Lancaster, PA; Lake Wales, FL; Lexington-Fayette, KY; Liberty, TX; Liberty Lake, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Lowell, MA; Madison, WI; Manchester, NH; Manlius, NY; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Montpelier, VT; Montreal, QC; Mount Dora, FL; Naperville, IL; Nixa, MO; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL; Peoria, AZ; Philadelphia, PA; Plano, TX; Pocatello, ID; Portland, ME; Provo, UT; Raleigh, NC; Redding, CA; Reno, NV; Republic, MO; Rochester, MN; Rockford, IL; San Francisco, CA; San Marcos, TX; Santa Clarita, CA; Sault Ste. Marie, ON; Scottsdale, AZ; Seward, AK; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Springfield, MO; Sunnyvale, TX; Syracuse, NY; Tacoma, WA; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa, FL; Tulsa, OK; Urbana, IL; Victoria, BC; West 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.