Courtesy, J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies
The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies from Chicago has published a map of UFO sightings in the US. It indicates the number of UFO reports per 100.000 people by county in the continental US. Some observations:
• There is a marked difference in levels of UFO visitation between the eastern and western halves of the continental US. Apparently, extraterrestrials like it out west (seems that L.O.W.F.I. is certainly in the right place!).
• Marked exceptions to this rule are hotspots in northern Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, clusters in the Florida panhandle, SE, SW and panhandle of Texas, a cluster around the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and a small but interesting cluster encompassing areas of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Any cool statisticians willing to analyze the above?
• Obvious hot spots of UFO activity are concentrated in the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, the three coastal states and Nevada.
Note: As described, this map is arranged to show data organized by incident per 100k, and by counties. Counties “Back East” tend to be much smaller than their western counterparts.
This can skew your view, a bit. If you live east of the Mississippi, look closer! What’s with that cool county in Georgia? Tennessee? Right there in River City?
I feel a research burst coming on… see you in a few weeks.