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Flag of Missouri

Use: Civil and state flag
Proportion: 7:12
Adopted: March 1913
Design: A horizontal tricolor of red, white and blue. The Missouri Seal, surrounded by a blue band and stars, is superimposed in the field center.
Designed by: Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver
The flag of the state of Missouri consists of red, white, and blue stripes, with the Missourian state seal in the center. Designed by Mary Elizabeth Oliver, the red and white stripes, as is traditional, represent valor and purity, respectively. The blue represents three things: the permanency, vigilance, and justice of the state. The three colors also highlight the French influence on the state in its early years. The flag was made the official flag of the state on March 22, 1913, when then governor Elliot Woolfolk Major signed a bill making it official.
Design and symbolism
The flag is a tricolor consisting of three horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. These represent valor, purity, vigilance, and justice. The colors also reflect the state's historic status as part of the French Louisiana (New France). In the center white stripe is the seal of Missouri, circled by a blue band containing 24 stars, symbolizing Missouri's admission as the 24th U.S. state.

The flag is described in Section 010.020 of Missouri's Revised Statutes.

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags. The Missouri flag ranked in the bottom 25, 48th out of the 72.

State of Missouri
Flag of Missouri State seal of Missouri
Flag Seal
Show Me State, Cave State, and Mother of the West
Motto(s): Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin) Let the good of the people be the supreme law
State song(s): "Missouri Waltz"
Map of the United States with Missouri highlighted
Official language English
Spoken languages
  • English 93.9%
  • Spanish 2.6%
  • German 0.4%
  • Missouri French
Demonym Missourian
Capital Jefferson City
Largest city Kansas City
Largest metro Greater St. Louis
Area Ranked 21st
• Total 69,715 sq mi
(180,560 km2)
• Width 240 miles (390 km)
• Length 300 miles (480 km)
• % water 1.17
• Latitude 36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N
• Longitude 89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W
Population Ranked 18th
• Total 6,126,452 (2018)
• Density 87.1/sq mi (33.7/km2)
Ranked 30th
• Median household income $53,578 (37th)
• Highest point Taum Sauk Mountain
1,772 ft (540 m)
• Mean 800 ft (244 m)
• Lowest point St. Francis River at Arkansas border
230 ft (70 m)
Before statehood Missouri Territory
Admitted to the Union August 10, 1821 (24th)
Governor Mike Parson (R)
Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (R)
Legislature Missouri General Assembly
• Upper house Senate
• Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R)
Josh Hawley (R)
U.S. House delegation 6 Republicans
2 Democrats (list)
Time zone Central: UTC −6/−5
ISO 3166 US-MO
Abbreviations MO, Mo.
Website www.mo.gov
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