Flag of South Dakota
|Design||A field of sky blue charged with a version (in navy blue on white) of the state seal in the center, surrounded by gold triangles representing the sun's rays, surrounded in turn by inscriptions in gold sans-serif capitals of "SOUTH DAKOTA" on top and "THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE" (the state nickname) on the bottom. |
The original flag of South Dakota consisted of a dominant sun encircled by the text "South Dakota" and "The Sunshine State". The inscription on the bottom was changed in 1992.
According to a 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association, South Dakota’s flag was the fifth-worst (68th out of 72) U.S. and Canadian subnational flag in design quality, in a contest that included all Canadian provinces, U.S. states and U.S. territories. It was criticized in particular by the association for the unnecessary repetition of the state name.