Want to become a UFO hunter? You should probably try going to Lander County.
For those of you who haven’t studied Nevada geography in a while, Lander is the county at the center of the state, with a population of 5,844. The county has the most sightings of UFOs per person, according to FindTheBest.
Lander County has a ratio of 188 sightings per 100,000 people, while Clark County sees about 19 sightings per 100,000 people. So while Clark County gets a higher number of reported sightings because of its just over 2 million residents, Lander County clearly has more sightings per person.
So, what makes Lander County such a friendly place for little green men? It’s not Area 51: That’s in Lincoln County — nowhere near Lander.
Battle Mountain and Austin, Nevada — named for Austin, Texas — are the two most populous towns in Lander County, at 3,635 and 192, respectively. Both offer an attraction of some sort, although it doesn’t seem like there’s anything UFO-centric, like the Little A’Le’Inn on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Rachel.
The last entry on the self-reported National UFO Reporting Center’s State Report Index from Lander County was from August, and was a flash reportedly seen for 10 minutes, with the comment, “Would stop on a dime, move in circles, am sorry, but no man-made aircraft can physically do that.”
According to their website, Lander County is mostly public land managed by federal agencies, with a population density of .99 per square mile. Their economy still relies on mining, but they claim fame to their many festivals.
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