A study has revealed UFO sighting hotspots in the US – with unexplained lights and triangle shapes most commonly reported.
Thousands of American have reported seeing everything from circles, fireballs, disks, spheres and snake-like UFOs, cigars and cylinders, chevrons, eggs, and cones over a 100-year period.
Not all states can be the favourite holiday destination of extraterrestrial lifeforms – but California ranks first.
The research was carried out by the insight team at TruePeopleSearch, an online people-searching service who calculated sightings based of per 100,000 population.
The US company carried out an analysis of the National UFO Reporting Center’s database’s staggering 80,000 unidentified flying object reports from 1910-2014 in the US and Canada.
The UFO reporting centre was set up in 1974, the non-profit centre to create a public database of what it terms “objective UFO data”.
It also offers an online form and telephone hotline to report sightings.
The state with the most UFO sightings overall through the 104-year period was California with 10,450 reported sightings from 1910 to 2014.
But the city with the most UFO sightings per 100,000 people in North America is Gila Bend, Arizona, where there also happens to be a US airbase nearby.
“The tiny historic town boasts only about 2,000 permanent residents but has an unusually high amount of UFO reports: 1,193.89 UFO sightings for every 100,000 residents,” TruePeople said.
Of the other top 10 UFO sighting locations, none of them were major cities.
West Seattle topped the list of major cities with 620 sightings, more than double second-place Phoenix, Arizona.
Jacksonville, Fla., was the only other eastern US city in the top 10, falling just one sighting shy of Charlotte’s overall total.
According to the study: “Lights have been reported to move in weird patterns, flash, appear and disappear, display in a formation, and more.
“While some lights can be explained as an aircraft originating from Earth, a meteor, or satellites, some reports have remained shrouded in mystery.”
The study’s authors said there was no way “to definitively separate the hoaxes from the ‘real’ UFO sightings”.
Adding: “But it’s our theory that a higher frequency of sightings correlates with a higher percentage of reports from people who believe they have genuinely seen something in the sky that they cannot explain: a UFO.”
It comes as the US defence department announced plans to launch a taskforce to investigate UFOs this month.
Meanwhile in May this year the UK’s UFO hot spots were similarly revealed following a freedom of information request.
Reports came in from more than 56 places across England, as well as areas of Scotland, Wales and even the Channel Islands.
According the the freedom of information request, lodged by Fresh Student Living, the UK’s capital, London is the top spot for seeing unexplained flashing lights.
Top UFO spotting locations per 100,000 people
- Gila Bend AZ US 1,193.89
- Houston BC CA 902.11
- Surfside Beach SC US 671.44
- Sedona AZ US 667.63
- Sonora CA US 554.42
- Myrtle Beach SC US 507.26
- Cumming GA US 486.2
- Ocean City MD US 389.78
- North Myrtle Beach SC US 380.14
- Lincoln City OR US 354.85