Flag of Portland, Oregon

flag of Portland, Oregon

The city flag of Portland, Oregon, consists of a green field on which is placed a white four-pointed star from which radiate blue stripes, each bordered by L-shaped yellow lines. Narrow white lines separate the blue and yellow elements from each other and from the green background. Officially the flag has a height of 3 feet and a length of 5 feet.

Flag of the City of Portland
Flag of Portland, Oregon.svg
UseCivil and state flag
DesignNordic Cross design with Blue stripe surrounded by a yellow stripe within a white stripe, on a green background.
Designed byDouglas Lynch

City ordinance 176874, adopted September 4, 2002, designates the design and what it means. Green stands for "the forests and our green City"; yellow for "agriculture and commerce"; blue for "our rivers".[1] Portland straddles the Willamette River near its joining with the Columbia River. City Ordinance 186794, adopted September 3, 2014, updated the proportions and the Pantone color specifications: White, PMS 279 (Blue); PMS 349 (Green); and PMS 1235 (Yellow).

The flag was designed in 1969 by a longtime Portland resident, noted graphic designer R. Douglas Lynch (1913–2009). The version of the flag adopted at that time included, over Lynch's objections, a dark blue canton containing the city seal in yellow and white; in 2002 Lynch and fellow members of the Portland Flag Association persuaded the city council to simplify the design to better reflect his original intent.[2]


  1. Giffin Valade, Lavonne. "Auditor's Office: Chapter 1.06 Official Flag". PortlandOnline.com. City of Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. "History." Portland Flag Association. N.p., 12 Nov. 2014. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. https://portlandflag.org/history/