The American flag is special in so many respects, and one of them is the fact that it is the flag with the highest number of stars in the world. Fifty states — fifty stars on the blue surface. The next in line, Brazil, boasts half as many (twenty-seven). The third-ranked country has but fifteen stars.
Speaking of stars, US state flags have so many of them they can also be competitive on the international level. Let’s take a look at the states with the highest number of stars on flags in the US.
Number of stars: 29
The impressive figure is not directly connected with the state’s joining the Union. Arkansas was the 25th state to join, hence the twenty-five white stars surrounding the white diamond (Arkansas was the first state to produce actual diamonds).
Inside the white diamond, below the state name, there are three blue stars. They stand for the three countries that Arkansas belonged to before achieving its statehood — France, Spain, and the US.
The blue star above “Arkansas” is there to pay tribute to the state’s membership in the Confederacy.
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Number of stars: 24 + 24
As Missouri became the 24th state, its flag has exactly twenty-four stars neatly surrounding the state seal.
However, if we take a closer look, the Missouri flag has twenty-four more smaller stars depicted right above the national symbols (two bears, a crescent moon, and a helmet). The big star surrounded by twenty-three smaller stars depicts Missouri’s admission as the 24th state. Interestingly, as the whole process did not go smoothly, there is a cloud surrounding the stars and reminding us of the challenges.
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Number of stars: 21
Mississippi has just got its new flag in January 2021. Along with losing the old emblem that was proclaimed as pro-slavery came a bigger number of stars. While the old flag had thirteen stars, the new Magnolia State flag has twenty white stars and a diamond-shaped yellow star, which is also a bit bigger than the rest. Twenty stars stand for Missouri as the 20th state to join the Union, while the top yellow star pays respect to the indigenous Americans that have lived in Mississippi from the beginning.
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Number of stars: 19
Indiana’s state flag has thirteen stars representing the original thirteen colonies in the outer circle. Next, the inner five stars are there to pay tribute to two things. First, to the four states that joined in the period before Indiana was granted statehood.
Finally, the biggest star shines on top of the torch, representing Indiana itself, the 19th state of America.
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Number of stars: 17
The only flag with a swallowtail design, Ohio is extremely easy to recognize. The current design originates from 1902. As for the number of stars, it is also one of the state flags with a high number of stars — seventeen of them, to be more precise.
Similarly, to the state flags above, Ohio too has stars reminding us of when exactly it became a part of the Union.
Thirteen stars are surrounding the circle as a memory of the original thirteen colonies. The rest four are located in the apex of the triangle to represent the states that joined later on, and the Buckeye State came 17th.
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