The numbers are in! According to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), California and Florida are the U.S. states with the highest number of UFO reports in the nation. It is unknown why these two are the preferred choice of our interstellar visitors. But given the high concentration of aerospace companies and military research facilities in both states, not to mention their population density, one can make an educated guess that these regions of the country make for a prime laboratory for any visiting advanced ET civilization. Skeptics, however, attribute the rise of unidentified flying objects reports to the ever-increasing media coverage of the phenomenon.
Peter Davenport, NUFORC's director since 1994, is cautious about the recent media-induced UFO hype:
Coverage is trendy. That’s one of the problems we have. A lot of UFOlogists are very serious people indeed, doing serious work, and we only get covered if there’s a trend in the culture.
Davenport, a former academic with master’s degrees in biology and finance, is sanguine about the future of ufology but warns about classifying every sighting is the sky as alien:
People report everything as UFOs, but I doubt that theory is correct. I can’t prove it, of course. The population, weather conditions, the fact that people are outdoors quite often in those states —there are many, many variables.