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Washington State is the New UFO Capital

If you want to see a UFO, live in Washington. Newly published research ranks the state first in number of sightings, with more than 88 per 100,000 residents. The analysts at ( reached this conclusion after obtaining data from Peter Davenport’s National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) between January 2000 and December 2021.

Photo by Daniel Schwen, Wikimedia Commons License said in its press release, “Washington is home to what is often regarded as the first UFO sighting of the modern age, which marked its 75th anniversary in June this year. On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold claimed to have seen a string of nine shiny objects flying past Mount Rainier at impossibly high speeds during his flight from Chehalis to Yakima.” Although the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database was not included in the analysts’ calculations, Washington MUFON receives and investigates more than 200 sighting reports annually. According to Maurene Morgan, Washington MUFON State Director, approximately 20%-30% are given the disposition of Unknown by MUFON’s team of certified UFO Field Investigators. Morgan states that the number of sighting reports in Washington consistently places it in the top four or five states in the national organization. She believes that the number of sighting reports will continue to increase every year as the UFO taboo lessens. Because of footage of unexplained aerial phenomenon (UAP) captured by high-ranking jet fighter pilots, UFOs are being taken more seriously than ever before. Mike Gallagher, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, has stated that funding is needed to study UFOs. “What is crazy is that presenting this kind of data 10 years ago might have been a concern, but now it seems that politicians and scientists are looking at the data a lot closer.” Anyone wishing to submit a sighting report to the National UFO Reporting Center can do so online at, by calling the center’s hotline at 206-722-3000 (generally reserved for recent reports), or by emailing Those wishing to report a sighting in Washington State can do so online at, or by calling 360-670-4213, or emailing Dan Nims, Washington MUFON Chief Investigator and Director of Eastern Region, welcomes reports of events occurring east of the Cascades. Contact Dan at 509-301-9350 or email

Media Resources: “The United States has a New UFO Capital” first appeared on July 20, 2022 on the online site Giant Freaking Robot,

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