CHICAGO — Ever since E.T. flew across the sky on a bicycle, aliens and UFOs have become a staple of American daydreams. Some say they fly around in spaceships, looking for humans to kidnap and probe. Others believe they’re just satellites or military planes that are mistaken for something alien.
Whether you believe in extraterrestrials or not, there are some who are convinced of their existence; in fact, they claim to have seen them with their own eyes. Our data experts at FindTheHome collected information from the National UFO Reporting Center, an organization dedicated to the collection and dissemination of objective UFO data.
By running geospatial analysis on approximately 38,000 reports, FindTheHome was able to identify which counties in Illinois have the most UFO sightings per 100,000 people. Schuyler County county has reported the most out-of-this-world objects per capita, with 67 UFO sightings per 100,000 people. It’s closely followed by Winnebago County, with 40 sightings per 100,000 people.