North Dakota North Dakota State Flag

The North Dakota flag was formally adopted on November 9, 1943. Since, North Dakota has maintained the same flag for the last 81 years.

The North Dakota flag was voted 41st best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 7 main colors in the North Dakota flag are #002A86, #000000, #FF163C, #663D3D, #FFD12B, #E1D12B, and #FFFFFF. The North Dakota flag width is 1.3 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 3.9 feet.

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North Dakota Flag

The North Dakota State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on November 9, 1943.


#002A86 81%
#000000 3%
#FF163C 2.7%
#663D3D 2.2%
#FFD12B 2%
#E1D12B 1.3%
#FFFFFF 1.3%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.


North Dakota’s dark blue flag displays an eagle with outspread wings and an open beak holding an olive branch and arrows in its claws. In its beak, the eagle carries a banner with the Latin words, “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning “Out of many, one.” The eagle also has a shield on its breast that looks similar to the United States flag. The golden fan-shaped design above the eagle stands above thirteen stars of the same color. Below the eagle lies a red scroll outlined in gold with the state’s name written across it in white letters.


As you can probably tell, the North Dakota flag pays homage to the Great Seal of the United States by containing similar motifs. Just like the Great Seal, North Dakota’s eagle clutches an olive branch, meaning peace, and a bundle of arrows, showing war. The shield placed on the national bird’s chest displays the thirteen red and white stripes that, more often than not, represent the thirteen colonies. That golden fan atop all of these symbols embodies the birth of a new nation while thirteen shining stars dance beneath.


The flag’s design is very similar to the unit banner carried by North Dakota’s troops in the Philippine-American War in 1899. In 1953, a bill was introduced to change the state flag because it too closely resembled the United States coat-of-arms and was not particularly symbolic of the state itself. However, the flag suggests the close attachment of the state to the union overall. The bill was defeated that same year so the flag remains untouched!

North Dakota was the 39th state to enter the Union and nicknamed the Peace Garden State.

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