The United States Air Force coined the term “unidentified flying object” back in 1953, but people had been looking to the sky and seeing things they couldn’t explain long before that. The term “flying saucer” predates the now-ubiquitous usage of “UFO” by several years; numerous flying saucer sightings in the 1940s necessitated a government investigation and ignited a fascination that continues to this day. Especially in the United States. And now, we know which state has the most sightings of them all.
According to SatelliteInternet.com (via Idaho Press), Idaho takes the cake as the state with the most UFO sightings in the country. The aforementioned website even boasts a nifty visual aid color-coded by degree of hysteria/wishful thinking/rational need for answers. Call it what you want. It’s fascinating, thought-provoking information and you can check it out below:
As you can see, Idaho is clearly the winner here, with 164 reports coming in from across the state. Among its competitors are Montana, New Hampshire, Maine, New Mexico, and Vermont. Considering the fact that the famous Roswell incident happened within its borders, it is mildly surprising that New Mexico is not ranked higher, but hey, placing fifth isn’t too shabby at all.
Contrastingly, the states with the fewest UFO sightings include Texas, Louisiana, New York, Maryland, Illinois, and California. Now, keep in mind this data was collected and presented last June. There is a chance this information could have changed in the eight months since the report hit their site, although it is unlikely Idaho was knocked from the top spot.
You might laugh, but UFO reports are now so common that the term “ufology” was born from the public’s fascination with them. Predictably, ufology refers to the study of UFOs. Not complicated but incredibly interesting. The word was first used in 1959 and has since become a dominant interest for countless people.
The pandemic seems to have caused a spike in UFO reports across this part of the world. The number of sightings in Canada increased dramatically last summer, around the same time Satellite Internet originally published its report. Sightings in the United States were up a staggering 112% during the first quarter of 2020, making 2019’s number look fairly pitiful in comparison. That is an insane spike in numbers. Even crazier, there are even several videos of these mysterious events. Of course, that could just have been another one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX tests and should be met with a bit of skepticism. Regardless of what it actually was, though, it is still incredibly fun to speculate about what went on in those Utah skies.
As out there as some of these UFO sighting claims can seem, it is unreasonable to assume we are the only sentient beings in the universe. The odds that Earth is the only populated planet are extremely slim to completely non-existent. Given that fact, why wouldn’t people be interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life?
Also, if you live in a state that isn’t Idaho and have a sudden but overwhelming to drive the number of local UFO sightings up, get outside. Maybe you’ll see something.