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

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

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

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

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

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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