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Last modified: 2017-08-05 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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The states and the federal district

De facto or alternate version
Coat of arms Name 2-letter code
(iso 3166-2) 2
Conventional code 3 Administrative division 4 Statehood 5 Capital Capital's flag
  Aguascalientes flag Aguascalientes coat of arms Aguascalientes AS AGU AGS 11 5 February 1857 Aguascalientes n. a.
The flag of Baja california is that of Mexico Baja California coat of arms on white background Baja California coat of arms Baja California BC BCN BC 5 16 January 1952 Mexicali n. a.
  Baja California Sur flag Baja California Sur coat of arms Baja California Sur BS BCS BCS 5 8 october 1974 La Paz n. a.
Tha official flag of Campeche is that of Mexico Campeche coat of arms in white background Campeche coat of arms Campeche CC CAM CAMP 11 29 April 1863 San Francisco de Campeche Flag of San Francisco de Campeche
  Chiapas flag Chiapas coat of arms Chiapas CS CHP CHIS 122 14 September 1824 Tuxtla Gutiérrez n. a.
  Chihuahua flag Chihuahua coat of arms Chihuahua CH CHH CHIH 67 6 July 1824 Chihuahua Flag of the city of Chihuahua
  Coahuila flag Coahuila coat of arms Coahuila de Zaragoza CL COA COAH 38 7 May 1824 Saltillo n. a.
  Colima flag Colima coat of arms Colima CM COL COL 10 12 September 1856 Colima n. a.
Durango flag   Durango coat of arms Durango DG DUR DGO 39 22 May 1824 Victoria de Durango n. a.
  Guanajuato flag Guanajuato coat of arms Guanajuato GT GUA GTO 46 20 December 1823 Guanajuato n. a.
  Guerrero flag Guerrero coat of arms Guerrero GR GRO GRO 81 27 October 1849 Chilpancingo de los Bravo n. a.
  Hidalgo flag Hidalgo coat of arms Hidalgo HG HID HGO 84 16 January 1869 Pachuca n. a.
Jalisco flag Flag of Jalisco, alternate version Jalisco coat of arms Jalisco JC JAL JAL 125 23 December 1823 Guadalajara Flag of Guadalajara
  Estado de México flag Estado de México coat of arms México MC MEX MÉX 125 20 December 1823 Toluca Flag of Toluca
Distrito Federal flag   Distrito Federal flag Distrito Federal (Mexico City) coat of arms Mexico City
(Country's capital city)
(Delegaciones políticas)
18 November 1824 Mexico City  
  Michacán de Ocampo flag Michoacán de Ocampo coat of arms Michoacán de Ocampo MN MIC MICH 113 22 December 1823 Morelia Flag of Morelia
  Morelos flag Morelos coat of arms Morelos MS MOR MOR 33 17 April 1869 Cuernavaca n. a.
  Nayarit flag Nayarit coat of arms Nayarit NT NAY NAY 20 26 January 1917 Tepic n. a.
  Nuevo León flag Nuevo León coat of arms Nuevo Leon NL NLE NL 51 7 May 1824 Monterrey Flag of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
  Oaxaca flag Oaxaca coat of arms Oaxaca OC OAX OAX 570 21 December 1823 Oaxaca de Juárez n. a.
  Puebla flag Puebla coat of arms Puebla PL PUE PUE 217 21 December 1823 Puebla de Zaragoza n. a.
Flag of Queretaro   Coat of arms of Queretaro Querétaro QT QUE QRO 18 23 December 1823 Santiago de Querétaro n. a.
Quintana Roo flag   Quintana Roo coat of arms Quintana Roo QR ROO QROO 10 8 October 1974 Chetumal n. a.
  San Luis Potosí flag San Luis Potosí coat of arms San Luis Potosí SP SLP SLP 58 22 December 1823 San Luis Potosí Flag of San Luis Potosí, SLP, México
  Sinaloa flag Sinaloa coat of arms Sinaloa SL SIN SIN 18 14 October 1830 Culiacán n. a.
  Sonora flag Sonora coat of arms Sonora SR SON SON 72 10 January 1824 Hermosillo Flag of Hermosillo, Sonora, México
  Tabasco flag Tabasco coat of arms Tabasco TC TAB TAB 17 7 February 1824 Villahermosa n. a.
  Tamaulipas flag Tamaulipas coat of arms Tamaulipas TS TAM TAMPS 43 7 February 1824 Ciudad Victoria n. a.
Tlaxcala flag Tlaxcala coat of arms on white background Tlaxcala coat of arms Tlaxcala TL TLA TLAX 60 9 December 1856 Tlaxcala n. a.
Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave flag Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave coat of arms on white background Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave coat of arms Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave VZ VER VER 212 22 December 1823 Xalapa n. a.
  Yucatán flag  Cultural flag of Yucatán Yucatán coat of arms Yucatán YN YUC YUC 106 22 December 1823 Mérida Flag of Mérida, Yucatan, México
  Zacatecas flag Zacatecas coat of arms Zacatecas ZS ZAC ZAC 58 23 December 1823 Zacatecas n. a.
  • 1. Code used to identify the birth place.
  • 2. ISO 3166-2. Wikipedia: States of Mexico
  • 3. INEGI: Censos económicos
  • 4. INEGI: División territorial de México, Wikipedia: Municipios de México & SEGOB - e-local: los últimos municipios creados
  • 5. Wikipedia: Administrative divisions of Mexico

  • White-field state flags

    Thirty-two 4:7 ratio-white flags charged with the state's coat of arms are hoisted at the President's house called Los Pinos in Mexico City. These flags are flown during inter-government meetings and national sports events such as the National Olympics [Olimpiada Nacional]. By some reason, those of Jalisco, Puebla, and Yucatan, feature their respective capitals' coat of arms. In addition to that, most of the shields are odd depictions of the original ones.
    Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 6 May 2001

    Though some states have already adopted a distinctive flag, white flags with coat of arms are still used in federal organized events to represent each state.
    Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 23 January 2014

    Souvernir flags

    There's a significant Mexican population in this part of the U.S., and I occasionally see automobiles with bumper stickers consisting of the Mexican (national) flag and the name of a state ("Coahuila", "Chihuahua", etc.), presumably indicating the driver's loyalty or nostalgia for his home state. None of these stickers ever displays a flag other than the national flag.
    Bruce Tindall, 22 Jan 1997

    State unofficial tricolor flag
    by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 06, 2001.

    Another report refers that these very same state coats of arms are used in the central panel of a Mexican tricolor, mainly for tourist purposes (some reports refer it’s exogenous usage, especially in border line US locations).
    António Martins, 22 Jun 1999

    Cites and municipalities

    Official or de facto
    Coat of arms
    badge, emblem or logo
    Name State Note
    Flag of San Francisco de Campeche Image
    comming soon
    San Francisco de Campeche CC 1
    Flag of Chihuahua (municipality), Chihuahua, México Coat of arms of Chihuahua (municipality) Chihuahua CH 1
    comming soon
    comming soon
    Irapuato GT  
    Flag of León  Standard of León Coat of arms of León León GT 2
    Autlán de Navarro flag Image
    comming soon
    Autlán de Navarro JC 1
    Guadalajara flag Coat of arms of Guadalajara Guadalajara JC 1
    Tlaquepaque flag Coat of arms of Tlaquepaque Tlaquepaque JC 1
    Tonaya flag Image
    comming soon
    Tonaya JC 1
    Zapopan flag Coat of arms of Zapopan Zapopan JC 1
    comming soon
    comming soon
    Tequixquiac MC  
    Morelia flag Coat of arms of Morelia Morelia MN 1
    Flag of Monterrey Coat of arms of Monterrey Monterrey NL 1
    comming soon
    comming soon
    Santiago Matatlán OC  
    Flag of the municipality of San Luis Potosí Coat of arms of San Luis Potosí (municipality) San Luis Potosí SP 1
    Flag of Hermosillo, Sonora Coat of arms of Hermosillo Hermosillo SR 3
    Flag of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, México Coat of arms of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora San Luis Rio Colorado SR 1
    Flag of Veracruz, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, México Veracruz, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave Veracruz VZ 1
    Flag of Merida, Yucatan, México Coat of arms of Merida, Yucatan Merida YN 1

    Images by:

  • 1. Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán
  • 2. Flag and standard by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán. Coat of arms by Gobierno del Estado de Guanajuato
  • 3. Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán. Coat of arms by Municipio de Hermosillo

    As for 2013, Mexico is divided into 31 states and 1 federal district, in turn, they counts 2461 administrative divisions of second level (2445 municipalities and 16 delegaciones políticas), out of which few of them have a flag of their own, though all of them have a coat of arms, badge or seal. None of the Distrito Federal's 16 "delegations" has a distinctive flag. After the states, some municipalities employ a white background charged with the corresponding coat of arms in the center of the field. It is unknown the exact number of municipalities have adopted a distinctive flag.
    Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 28 July 2013

    Ethnic groups

    Local name
    Flag of the Mixe people   Mixe   Ayuukjä'äy
    Flag of the Purepecha people   Purépecha   P'urhépecha
    Flag of the Yaqui people   Yaqui   Hiaki or Yoeme

    Without any proves, Wikipedia reports supposed flags for the following ethnic groups: criollo, nahua and otomí. Besides, the flag supposedly flown by the Pápago people is actually that of the Papago people in the United States, where they are known as the Tohono O'odham Nation. Meanwhile the Pápagos in Mexico have not reported any flag for their own so far.
    Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 3 May 2014.

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