The Top 5 U.S. States with the Most UFO Sightings

  State UFO Sightings
1 California 8,248
2 Washington 3,617
3 Texas 3,290
4 Florida 3,137
5 New York 2,635
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Every Day There is a UFO Sighting in the United States

Polls by both professional and lay organizations have shown that approximately 12% of all North Americans believe they have seen a UFO. Given the population data available, this implies a very large number of UFO reports coming from all over the U.S.. UFO sightings are normally reported to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) at Seguin, TX, and CUFOS (J. Allen Center for UFO Studies) in Chicago, IL, by a broad spectrum of the public, particularly through local law enforcement agencies. UFOs themselves, although officially a mystery, are reported by many highly responsible people, such as military and civilian pilots, air traffic controllers, law enforcement agents and scientists. In general, the public equates UFOs with alien visitation. However, there is no incontrovertible proof as of 2021 that there is a real connection as of yet. (a).

There are Plenty of Credible UFO Sightings but Most are Identifiable

Studies of UFO data routinely include reports of meteors, fireballs and other conventional objects. In many instances, observers fail to recognize stars, aircraft and bolides, and therefore report them as UFOs. Witnesses often report watching mysterious stationary flashing lights low on the horizon for hours and never conclude they are observing a star or planet. (a). Of all of the reported sightings however, between 5 and 25% (depending on the sample) remain unidentifiable to expert examination and these are the sightings that can be classifi1ed as true "Unidentified Flying Objects". (b).

In cases where colours of an object were reported by witnesses, the most common colour in 2008 was white.The next most common colour was multicoloured. Next in order were orange, yellow and red. Since most UFOs are nocturnal star-like objects, the abundance of white objects is not surprising. Colours such as red, orange, blue and green often are associated with bolides (fireballs). The multicoloured designation is problematic in that it literally covers a wide range of possibilities. This label has been used, for example, when witnesses described their UFOs as having white, red and green lights. Many of these are certainly stars or planets, which flash a variety of colours when seen low on the horizon. Aircraft also frequently are described as having more than one colour of light, such as flashing coloured wing lights. However, seen from a distance, aircraft will often be visible only as a moving white light. (a).

The best scientifically accepted definition of a UFO is probably that provided by the late astronomer J. Allen Hynek, who said that the UFO is simply "the reported perception of an object or light seen in the sky or upon the land the appearance, trajectory, and general dynamic and luminescent behavior of which do not suggest a logical, conventional explanation and which is not only mystifying to the original percipients but remains unidentified after close scrutiny of all available evidence by persons who are technically capable of making a common sense identification, if one is possible." (c).

“They [the flying saucers] were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.” From the Guy Hottel memo (3-2-1950) found in the FBI Records: The Vault. (d).

Top 5 facts sources:
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Sources:  National UFO Reporting Center 2012.

List Notes: Data is U.S. states with the most Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings from the years 1994 to 2011. UFO is defined by the Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary as: "any unexplained moving object observed in the sky, especially one assumed to be of extraterrestrial origin."
U.S. States with the Most UFO Sightings

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