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    States with the most UFO sightings

    Americans are cautious to protect the people and things in their lives that mean the most to them by finding insurance policies that guarantee compensation in the event of a tragedy. It is not uncommon to see people take out life, car, and home insurance, but perhaps a lesser-known fact is that more than 40,000 Americans have bought into “alien abduction insurance,” which offers customers the opportunity to earn some green in the event that a loved one gets taken away by the “little green men.” This may sound asinine to some, but the notion seems less far-fetched when one considers the regularity with which unidentified flying objects, or UFOs as they’re known colloquially, are spotted across the world, including the United States.

    Using data from the National UFO Reporting Center’s 24/7 hotline, which has been around since 1974, Stacker compiled a ranking of the states with the most reported UFO sightings. The website details not only the total number of sightings in each state, but also the odds of spotting a UFO for a resident in each state. Read on to learn how many people from each state have witnessed possible visits from extraterrestrial friends, and remember to be on the lookout for those strange saucers in the sky.

  • #51. Delaware
    2/ Bethany Beach, Delaware—PxHere

    #51. Delaware

    Number of sightings since 1974: 134
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 3

  • #50. Nevada
    3/ PxHere

    #50. Nevada

    Number of sightings since 1974: 203
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 4.6

  • #49. South Dakota
    4/ PxHere

    #49. South Dakota

    Number of sightings since 1974: 302
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 6.9

  • #48. District of Columbia
    5/ PxHere

    #48. District of Columbia

    Number of sightings since 1974: 307
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 7

  • #47. Wyoming
    6/ Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming—PxHere

    #47. Wyoming

    Number of sightings since 1974: 314
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 7.1

  • #46. Virginia
    7/ Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia—Aneta Kaluzna // Wikicommons

    #46. Virginia

    Number of sightings since 1974: 464
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 10.5

  • #45. Rhode Island
    8/ print57 // Flickr

    #45. Rhode Island

    Number of sightings since 1974: 472
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 10.7

  • #44. Hawaii
    9/ GoodFreePhotos

    #44. Hawaii

    Number of sightings since 1974: 513
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 11.7

  • #43. Alabama
    10/ Public Domain

    #43. Alabama

    Number of sightings since 1974: 542
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 12.3

  • #42. New Hampshire
    11/ cappi thompson // Flickr

    #42. New Hampshire

    Number of sightings since 1974: 545
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 12.4

  • #41. Missouri
    12/ Echo Bluff State Park, Missouri—GoodFreePhotos

    #41. Missouri

    Number of sightings since 1974: 615
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 14

  • #40. Wisconsin
    13/ Lapham Peak State Park, Wisconsin—GoodFreePhotos

    #40. Wisconsin

    Number of sightings since 1974: 708
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 16.1

  • #39. Montana
    14/ PxHere

    #39. Montana

    Number of sightings since 1974: 787
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 17.9

  • #38. New Jersey
    15/ Public Domain

    #38. New Jersey

    Number of sightings since 1974: 862
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 19.6

  • #37. Louisiana
    16/ Louisiana Museum // Wikicommons

    #37. Louisiana

    Number of sightings since 1974: 907
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 20.6

  • #36. Massachusetts
    17/ Max Pixel

    #36. Massachusetts

    Number of sightings since 1974: 910
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 20.7

  • #35. Illinois
    18/ PxHere

    #35. Illinois

    Number of sightings since 1974: 914
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 20.8

  • #34. Arizona
    19/ Jon Rawlinson // Flickr

    #34. Arizona

    Number of sightings since 1974: 918
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 20.9

  • #33. Kansas
    20/ Max Pixel

    #33. Kansas

    Number of sightings since 1974: 928
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 21.1

  • #32. Idaho
    21/ PxHere

    #32. Idaho

    Number of sightings since 1974: 967
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 22

  • #31. Alaska
    22/ Northern Lights above Bear Lake in Alaska—Public Domain

    #31. Alaska

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,054
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 24

  • #30. Utah
    23/ PxHere

    #30. Utah

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,115
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 25.3

  • #29. Oklahoma
    24/ OaklyOriginals // Flickr

    #29. Oklahoma

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,120
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 25.5

  • #28. New York
    25/ GoodFreePhotos

    #28. New York

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,257
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 28.6

  • #27. Kentucky
    26/ The National Guard flying over Louisville, KY—U.S. Air Force

    #27. Kentucky

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,297
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 29.5

  • #26. North Carolina
    27/ Max Pixel

    #26. North Carolina

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,331
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 30.3

  • #25. Connecticut
    28/ View of Long Isalnd Sound from Connecticut—MarkMassellict // Wikicommons

    #25. Connecticut

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,432
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 32.5

  • #24. Maryland
    29/ supermoving // Wikicommons

    #24. Maryland

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,436
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 32.6

  • #23. Minnesota
    30/ Pose Lake, Minnesota—R2718218 // English language Wikipedia

    #23. Minnesota

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,618
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 36.8

  • #22. South Carolina
    31/ GoodFreePhotos

    #22. South Carolina

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,732
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 39.4

  • #21. Tennessee
    32/ Williams Island in the Tennessee River—Sesamehoneytart // Wikicommons

    #21. Tennessee

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,774
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 40.3

  • #20. West Virginia
    33/ Sunrise at West Virginia National Cemetery—Jeffrey Turner // Flickr

    #20. West Virginia

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,925
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 43.8

  • #19. Iowa
    34/ Don Graham // Wikicommons

    #19. Iowa

    Number of sightings since 1974: 1,951
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 44.3

  • #18. Maine
    35/ PxHere

    #18. Maine

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,041
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 46.4

  • #17. Vermont
    36/ chensiyuan // Wikicommons

    #17. Vermont

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,058
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 46.8

  • #16. Georgia
    37/ GoodFreePhotos

    #16. Georgia

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,062
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 46.9

  • #15. New Mexico
    38/ Shadow Rocks, Acoma Sky CIty Pueblo, New Mexico—NewMexicophotographer1 // Wikicommons

    #15. New Mexico

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,189
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 49.8

  • #14. Mississippi
    39/ Pixabay

    #14. Mississippi

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,210
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 50.2

  • #13. Colorado
    40/ Rocky Mountains National Park—GoodFreePhotos

    #13. Colorado

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,408
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 54.7

  • #12. Oregon
    41/ PxHere

    #12. Oregon

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,750
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 62.5

  • #11. Nebraska
    42/ Fort Robinson, Nebraska—Max Pixel

    #11. Nebraska

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,845
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 64.7

  • #10. Michigan
    43/ Lake Michigan—PxHere

    #10. Michigan

    Number of sightings since 1974: 2,923
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 66.4

  • #9. Ohio
    44/ Alum Creek State Park, Ohio—Yinan Chen // Wikicommons

    #9. Ohio

    Number of sightings since 1974: 3,466
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 78.8

  • #8. Indiana
    45/ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore—Public Domain

    #8. Indiana

    Number of sightings since 1974: 3,519
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 80

  • #7. Pennsylvania
    46/ Max Pixel

    #7. Pennsylvania

    Number of sightings since 1974: 3,785
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 86

  • #6. Arkansas
    47/ Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas—Public Domain

    #6. Arkansas

    Number of sightings since 1974: 3,925
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 89.2

  • #5. North Dakota
    48/ Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota—GoodFreePhotos

    #5. North Dakota

    Number of sightings since 1974: 4,576
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 104

  • #4. Texas
    49/ Big Bend National Park, Texas—Public Domain

    #4. Texas

    Number of sightings since 1974: 4,846
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 110

  • #3. Washington
    50/ Jeffery Hayes // Wikicommons

    #3. Washington

    Number of sightings since 1974: 5,766
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 131

  • #2. Florida
    51/ Max Pixel

    #2. Florida

    Number of sightings since 1974: 6,293
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 143

  • #1. California
    52/ Pedro Szekely // Wikicommons

    #1. California

    Number of sightings since 1974: 13,248
    Average sightings per year since 1974: 301

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