Betsy Ross and the American Flag

Flagpoles, Flag Sizes, Flag Proportions

The usual size of a flag used at home is 3'x5'. A casket flag is 9-1/2'x5'. The table below shows the appropriate size flag to fly on flagpoles of several heights.

Home Use

Public display (not home-use)

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15'3'x5'20'4'x6'50'8x12'-10x15'
20'3'x5'25'5'x8'60'-65'10'x15'-10'x19'
25'4'x6'30'-35'6'x10'70'-80'10'x19'-12'x18'
40'-45'6'x10-8'x12'90'-100'20'x38'-30'x50

Flag Proportions

According to Executive Order 10834, official flags (not personal flags) must meet these standards.

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Standard proportions
AHoist (width) of flag1.0
BFly (length) of flag1.9
CHoist (width) of Union0.5385 (7/13)
DFly (length) of Union0.76
E 0.054
F 0.054
G 0.063
H 0.063
KDiameter of star0.0616
LWidth of stripe0.0769 (1/13)
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