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Photos: The eleven state flags that are supposed to be better than Colorado's

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Coloradans have always loved our state's flag. And in recent years, the image has become more iconic than ever, popping up on hipster T-shirts and products of every description as a shorthand way of declaring state pride.

So we were shocked -- shocked! -- to discover that on Ranker's list of the best state flags, Colorado winds up a middling twelfth. Worse, many of the flags that finish higher on the poll/pole are terrible in comparison. Count down our reasons why below.

Number 12: Colorado

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One look indicates why this flag is so beloved. The big "C" that boldly claims an entire letter of the alphabet for Colorado and shines like the sun at its center. The classically American color scheme. A design that's as simple as it is striking. What's not to love?

Number 11: Hawaii

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As for the question of what's there to love about the Hawaiian flag, the answer is, "Not much." The British symbol in the upper left-hand corner, where U.S. citizens are accustomed to seeing stars, seems downright treasonous, and the two blue stripes tossed into that stacks of red and white appears random, as if someone facing a deadline to differentiate the lion's share of the banner from the American flag slapped them on at the last minute.

Continue to see more of the eleven state flags that are supposed to be better than Colorado's.


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148 comments
Sarah Solomon
Sarah Solomon

Travis Ballinger is a major killjoy...Someone either has more self confidence then he should or just plain needs to get laid! Geeze what a dick.

Cory Thomas
Cory Thomas

you guys seem awfully fixated in a flag.... it's weird! o_O

Sarah Solomon
Sarah Solomon

California Republic takes the cake and I in no way say that as a California Native. It's an awesome flag!

Scott Miles
Scott Miles

Recycling this lame post from 4 months ago? No real news?

Aric Villarreal
Aric Villarreal

California, New Mexico, and South Carolina are my faves. The first because it has a bear! and the other two for their two-tone geometric minimalism.

dgrey8761
dgrey8761

I bet you don't even know why the Tennessee flag has the 3 stars in the center, if the blue stripe is the "one interesting idea". It's ahead of Colorado because it actually means something, much like the Texas flag. 

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Funny how it seems that the more time certain individuals post on Lamebook threads, the less productive they are on the job ...assuming they have one, that is. \\

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

a giant red C around a little yellow ball....how artistic...derp

Lisa Ogrodowicz
Lisa Ogrodowicz

I grew up in Texas and Maryland and now I live in Colorado, so I'm good on the flag list.

Mathew Alexander L
Mathew Alexander L

one thing Marylanders (usually - according to some buzzfeed list or something similar) have is flag pride... it is pretty awesome

Danielle Donna
Danielle Donna

Maryland's flag might as well say welcome to medieval times would you like to be on the green or red knights team?

Jackie Limsky
Jackie Limsky

Ugh, the last thing Marylanders need is another reason to be proud of their flag....Lyndsy Mikaela, you should ask Danielle Donna about her love of the Maryland flag sometime

Christine Shock
Christine Shock

CO and NM flags are by far the best designed and have a very modern feel. That's why they translate so well to merchandizing.

Leah Blevins
Leah Blevins

They mistakenly put the Texas flag at #6...we all know where it SHOULD be :-P

Joel Bader
Joel Bader

The Colorado flag beats out the Iowa flag any day! (I live in West Des Moines, Iowa by the way--but I prefer the Colorado flag.)

Elaine Hall
Elaine Hall

Yeah who cares, it's our flag, we obviously like it. Even those that don't aren't moving, lol

F Scott Diana
F Scott Diana

Same goes for all folks, Charlie. Nothing funny about it.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

Funny how it seems that the more CO flag apparel that someone is wearing, the less time they've spent or lived in Colorado.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

I live in Colorado. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

Tacy Gaede
Tacy Gaede

It's definitely the coolest flag out there, that's for sure!

Laura Smith
Laura Smith

I was so excited to see my home state, South Carolina, is ranked #3; however, the comment associated with rank was uncalled for. The writer of this article needs to do some research not only on South Carolina but the other states as well and their histories to understand why each state flag is the way it is. So, read up on your history buddy and maybe you will have an appreciation for every state flag and the meaning behind them. As a historian, I do not only of South Carolina but for all 50 states!!

Zachariah Geiger
Zachariah Geiger

Maryland is the coolest. I was shocked it was number 1 though!

Rob Christensen
Rob Christensen

It's boring guys, have you seen the CA flag? There's a friggen grizzly bear on it!

Steve Padilla
Steve Padilla

I like the way it is only I would add a mountain silhouette on the bottom blue stripe, Colorado is known for its mountains

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

It's missing the new state flower...a little green leaf.

Hatty Marris
Hatty Marris

Colorado does have the best flag though... it's even on the floor of the whitehouse ballroom - front and center

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

All Is the original poster going Wah Wah Wah. Colorado's flag is legit and in no other state that I have visited do I see people displaying it so prominently, but it's not "the best" if there is even one in the continental US. Thanks though for Giving Texas the respect it deserves for the flag. Too bad it wasn't a poll on Legendary State Catchphrases. Arizona & New Mexico's are pretty damn awesome as well.

Dianeosaurus Rex
Dianeosaurus Rex

As someone who has painted her ace and body, crafted shirts out of, and worn the flag as a cape on the playa at burning man....Colorado flag is the best!!!!

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