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The top UFO hot spots for 2014

Taking a look back at UFOs reported in 2014, there are some big surprises as to which states rise to the top of the list.

The data I am using for this report comes from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). It is the largest civilian UFO investigation organization in the country. They even received recognition from the Guinness Book of Worlds Records for it this year. They have members and/or certified field investigators in every state in the country, and even a few in other countries as well.

MUFON received some added attention this year with their own TV show on the History Channel titled Hangar 1.

In 2014 MUFON received 8,680 reports from around the world, but mostly in the U.S. Of those reports 7,048 were from the United States. This number is up from 7,646 reports worldwide last year, with 6,457 of those reports from the U.S.

Does this mean there are more UFOs buzzing around the sky? Hard to say. It could just mean that more people are reporting them to MUFON because of their TV show.

As for the top states reporting UFO sightings, as usual, they jive pretty well with the states with the most population. So you have California and Texas taking the two top spots. Looking at the data this way can be deceptive, so I like to match the data up with the populations and determine who is getting the most number of sightings per person. Well, actually per 100,000 people in this case. This is how you find the true hot spots.

Top 20 States Reporting UFOs in 2014. (Click to enlarge)

So where were the UFOs in 2014? Surprisingly, Oregon takes the top spot for the most reported UFOs per population. They were number 19 last year. I broke the numbers down per month for Oregon to see if maybe they had a UFO armada fly by. They had 28 reports in January, but September had 21, so no one event seems to be responsible.

Another reason this is so shocking is that when I look in our archives of Oregon UFO sightings, we only reported one in November. It does not appear the media in Oregon, or anywhere else, picked up on any others. I’ll have to delve into this further and get back to you with what I find.


New Hampshire takes the number 2 spot. Last year they were 5th, so not too much of a surprise. We also have New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado at the top of the list, as usual. There seem to be a lot of sightings in the southwestern U.S. It could be because the desert skies are clear more often, or the fact that there are so many large secluded Air Force bases, like Area 51.

Although I have embedded the top 20 here, you can find the full list at the end of this story. By the way, if your state is not as high on the list as you would like, don’t get mad at me. I just crunched the numbers. Inevitably, every year someone gets mad that their state is not visited by UFOs as much as they think it is.

I also crunched the numbers for the shapes of UFOs being reported. Again, it is pretty typical. The top shape is a sphere. Disc shaped UFOs are the sixth most reported – under “other” and before “unknown.” So “flying saucers” are not as popular as they once might have been. However, number four on the list is triangular shaped. It is interesting to note that so many reports are of objects or lights that are triangular in shape. There were several interesting triangular shaped lights caught on video last year.


When it comes to foreign countries, the top 10 includes a lot of English speaking countries and nearby neighbors. MUFON does a lot of international outreach, especially with Canada and Mexico. Their Director of International Affairs is a Spanish speaker. BTW, he will be speaking at the 2015 International UFO Congress next month.

Top 10 Countries Reporting UFOs to MUFON in 2014.
Top 10 Countries Reporting UFOs to MUFON in 2014.

So there you have it. This is where the UFOs were in 2014. These numbers may frighten you, or make you excited for a possible diplomatic exchange with an intergalactic space fairing cruise ship. Let us know what you think below.

Full list of U.S. UFO reports per state:

U.S. UFO Reports Per State in 2014. (Click to Enlarge)
U.S. UFO Reports Per State in 2014. (Click to Enlarge)

Full list of UFO reports per country:


Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. The top UFO hot spots for 2014

    Great job presenting this info from MUFON Alejandro! Say just curious if have thought about doing the same for NUFORC (Peter Davenports website)? I would bet it would be pretty similar data but would be interesting all the same.

    Thanks for your time,

  2. @Matthew, I have thought about doing this for NUFORC, and I have done it in the past. However, it takes a lot of time and is much more difficult. Luckily, MUFON sends out monthly reports, so it easier to take that data and import it into a spreadsheet to crunch the numbers. NUFORC posts theirs in batches, so I would need to cut and past each batch, and deal with formatting issues. It is doable, but just much more work. If I have the time, I will try to do it. Thank you.

  3. I was under the impresión that Puerto Rico has been for quite sometime a”hotbed” for sightings…the 28 repórted does not reflect it…any comments ???…thnks

  4. I just saw flaming orbs in the sky here in Oregon, a few hours ago, and am going out’ve my mind over what the heck I saw. Pizza delivery girl was with me and saw it too.

    Last December, a group of us saw much the same thing, also in Oregon, and we reported it to MUFON.

    I’m a 34-yo retired combat veteran and single Dad, an Air Force buddy was with me, we were all sober, we’re all college educated… I believe in alien life, but that has always been far different from whether or not we’re actually being visited. But I’ve seen things that even if I could believe it was alien – I can’t believe it was alien.

    I’m just staggered over here and reading online, watching for news reports of anyone else who saw anything tonight here in Oregon and stumbled on your article, so figured I’d say hello. Interestingly enough there were 3 other sightings of similar appearance as mine tonight viewed in this same area (Albany, Oregon). Mine tonight, one last night, another on the 20th, another on the 1st.

    What the heck is so interesting in Oregon in January? This thing was huge and right above us in the fog/clouds, it was unbelievable, and quiet, and just lights. Like those Phoenix Lights, though I didn’t see a triangle shape. And so not flares…or a plane or helicopter. I just am WTF, taking sleeping pills and going to bed, my brain hurts.

    Really happy to see intelligent folks like yourself are doing what can be done to track and consolidate and share this information. One day it’ll all come out and I think we’ll all have to learn to cope with the fact that we’re not alone, even on this planet.

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