Columnist Leonard David

Happy UFO Day! Here Are the States With the Most Sightings

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In case you didn't know — and time has flown by — today (July 2) is World UFO Day.

This year, UFO supporters are in the spotlight thanks to a flood of UFO news, including: UFO incident reports from U.S. Navy pilots and former Pentagon intelligence officers, and the release of classified UFO research from the NSA (National Security Agency).

All of this activity means that, for the first time in years, UFO reports are being taken seriously by the media.

Related: 7 Things Most Often Mistaken for UFOs

State by state

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Analysts at used data from the National UFO Reporting Center and the US Census to identify where you might have a higher likelihood of spotting a UFO in the US.

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"We used data from the National UFO Reporting Center's online database to get the number of UFO sightings in each state," said Kristin Cooke of "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."

You can find the full report here.

Leonard David is author of the recently released book, "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published by National Geographic in May 2019. A longtime writer for, David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook

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Leonard David
Space Insider Columnist

Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. Currently writing as's Space Insider Columnist among his other projects, Leonard has authored numerous books on space exploration, Mars missions and more, with his latest being "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published in 2019 by National Geographic. He also wrote "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet" released in 2016 by National Geographic. Leonard  has served as a correspondent for SpaceNews, Scientific American and Aerospace America for the AIAA. He was received many awards, including the first Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History in 2015 at the AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. You can find out Leonard's latest project at his website and on Twitter.