Flags of counties and municipalities in the United States
The flags of the counties and municipalities of the United States exhibit a wide variety of regional influences and local histories, as well as widely different styles and design principles.[N 1][N 2] For example, some Floridian and Alabamian municipal flags feature a saltire, due to saltires being used on their states' flags. Some Maryland county flags feature the coat of arms of the Calvert family, as it is featured on the Maryland state flag, and due to the Calvert family's prominence in Maryland history. County flags were not always ubiquitous. Many counties went decades without a flag, until a certain event, such as a local sesquicentennial or the U.S. founding's bicentennial, spurred the creation of a flag. Frederick County, Maryland is one example, in 1976, it hosted a contest, asking the public to submit their designs to a commission. A panel then reviewed the five winning entries, choosing one to become the official county flag. Frederick County's example is typical of the flag adoption processes that many counties undertook with their flags. The 250th anniversary of Augusta County, Virginia's founding also spurred the creation of a flag, in 1988. Some flags, such as the flags of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Loudoun County, Virginia, were created by foreign entities, such as the College of Arms in the United Kingdom. The five oldest city flags in the United States based on official adoption by city ordinance are: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Knoxville, Pittsburgh and Raleigh. Due to the total number of municipalities, the directory will be on the top. Please note that some of the flags are copyrighted.
- This list uses United States Census Bureau-designated regional geographical designations, also known as Census Bureau Divisions.
- This list also includes flags of towns, consolidated city-counties, villages, municipalities, and unincorporated areas, in addition to de jure cities.
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