The flags of the cities 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]
The five oldest city flags in the United States based on official adoption by city ordinance are:
|Adoption Date||U.S. City||Flag Description|
|March 27, 1895||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||details|
|February 24, 1896||Cleveland, Ohio||details|
|October 16, 1896||Knoxville, Tennessee||details|
|March 15, 1899||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||details|
|May 31, 1899||Raleigh, North Carolina||details|
Many flags of Floridian cities feature their city seal on a saltire, incorporating elements from the Floridian flag, itself based on the former Spanish flag, into their designs.
Several of the New Mexican city flags include the Zia sun symbol and Spanish symbolism, both of which are seen on the State Flag of New Mexico
Some city flags of New York, such as that of Albany and New York, feature colors from the Dutch Prince's Flag in their designs, due to the prominence of the Netherlands in the history of New York.