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By Lou Marzeles

State earns a dubious first place

STATE WITH THE MOST: Northern states have the greatest number of per capita UFO sightings, say people who say they know. Of all states, Washington tops the list with the largest number of sightings of unidentified aircraft.

Washington State is number 1! Break out the champagne!

Oh, wait-do aliens drink champagne?

Extraterrestrial interest has been on the rise since news broke about Navy pilots spotting UFOs back in May with dramatic video from Navy cockpits showing the objects and pilots' responses to them-this is actually true- and it held strong right through UFO Awareness Day on July 2.

Yes, people with way too much time on their hands have organized and declared a UFO Awareness Day. It reminds one of a Jeff Foxworthy redneck joke: "If the UFO Hotline limits you to three calls a day, you might be a redneck." Curiously, UFO sightings around Foxworthy country tend to be relatively low compared to Washington State. The states with the lowest per capita sightings are Texas, Lousiana, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.

If all the hype is starting to make you believe in alien visitors, you're in good company in Washington. According to a new report by the analysts at, Washington has reported the highest number of UFO sightings per capita.

The folks at used data from the National UFO Reporting Center and the U.S. Census to find out which states have the most reported UFO sightings per capita. Washington, Montana, and Vermont grabbed the top three spots and Alaska and Maine rounded out the top five. Interestingly, the top five states were all situated in the northern part of our country while the bottom five were in the south, which might just counterintuitively suggest a stronger belief in UFOs among residents in the northern part of the U.S.

Of course President Trump's campaign to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question might raise alien sightings. Oh. Sorry. Wrong kind of aliens.


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