flag of Indiana
The Hoosier State
Admitted December 11, 1816

For Indiana’s centennial in 1916, the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution organized a contest to design the state flag.

The winning design, featuring a glowing torch, was submitted by Paul Hadley, a Mooresville artist. It was modified slightly with the addition of the word “Indiana.”

The flag was officially adopted May 31, 1917.


The Indiana flag features a field of blue with a centered torch of gold or buff.

Lines radiate from the torch, surrounded by nineteen five-pointed stars. An outer ring contains thirteen stars, an inner ring has five stars, and one larger star is placed above the torch.

The word ”Indiana” is inscribed in half circle above the center star.

flag of Indiana


  • lit torch


    liberty and enlightment with far-reaching influence

  • circle of stars

    19 stars

    the original thirteen colonies, the next five states (Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana), and Indiana as the nineteenth state


Indiana statute specifies a field of dark blue. The torch and stars can be gold or buff in color.

Because statute doesn’t provide specific values, the Indiana Historical Bureau provides unofficial Pantone and hex values for the blue and gold.

PMS 072 C
PMS 109C


Indiana statute allows for two different proportions for the state flag. It can be sized with a 2:3 or 3:5.

construction sheet for the flag of Indiana