NUFORC UFO Data Compiled in Honor of World UFO Day
"We used data from the National UFO Reporting Center’s online database to get the number of UFO sightings in each state. We then compared each state’s total number of sightings to US census data to find which states have the most UFO sightings per capita," explained Kristin Cooke, the article's author.
According to the data, the five states with the highest number of sightings were:
While the five with the fewest sightings were:
Wisconsin, out of which the Singular Fortean Society is based, ranked 23rd overall for frequency of UFO sightings.
A similar study done last year with NUFORC’s UFO data showed that the likeliest time to see a UFO is nighttime in July, and the summer months in general are more popular for reporting sightings.
It is unclear exactly why so many UFO reports are reported in July; although misidentified fireworks, warmer weather leading to more outdoor activities, and celebratory fireworks displays drawing people's attention skyward are all possibilities.
Why the current data indicates a larger number of sightings in the northern states is similarly unclear, although it could indicate that citizens of southern states are simply less likely to report a UFO sighting.
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