Reported sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have increased in recent years, and some parts of the country have proven to be particularly popular.
Thanks to all of the recent reports of UFOs and UAPs — ones in which governments have confirmed are the real deal — there’s now been a spike in sightings over the last couple of years.
However, there are a few areas in the U.S. that have been seeing things up in the sky for years. More specifically, let’s talk about 2001-2020.
So, based on data provided by Cheryl Costa and Linda Miller, authors of “UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2020,” it shows that unidentified sightings are widespread.
The state of Arizona seems to be pretty popular, too.
The number two and number three spots are claimed by Yavapai and Mohave counties and Arizona has three more counties farther down the list: Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal. Some say that the increase in sightings have something to do with the state’s clear skies and with the fact that Arizona is a leisure destination.
Horry County, South Carolina is at the top of the list with 844 sightings between 2001 and 2020.
Here’s the top ten list:
- 844 – Horry County, South Carolina (254.1 sightings per 100k)
- 515 – Yavapai County, Arizona (225.8 sightings per 100k
- 403 – Mohave County, Arizona (194 sightings per 100k)
- 339 – Whatcom County, Washington (153.5 sightings per 100k)
- 448 – Lane County, Oregon (120 sightings per 100k)
- 511 – Ada County, Idaho (111.9 sightings per 100k)
- 476 – Pinal County, Arizona (110 sightings per 100k)
- 379 – Larimer County, Colorado (109.9 sightings per 100k)
- 348 – Boulder County, Colorado (107.9 sightings per 100k)
- 328 – St Louis City County, Missouri (106.4 sightings per 100k)
If you’d like to learn more about where these sightings are happening, it’s all covered in the book “UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2020.”