These 10 States Have the Most Reported Bigfoot Sightings

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Bigfoot is an American icon, but not every state lays equal claim to the legend. While some states have only recorded a handful of Bigfoot sightings, others have reported numbers in the hundreds. Here are the spots around the country where you're most likely to see Bigfoot—or at least meet someone who claims they have.

To create the map below, borrowed regional Bigfoot sightings data from The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. The West Coast emerged as the clear Bigfoot capital of the U.S., with Oregon clocking in at 254 sightings, California with 445, and Washington with 676.

In addition to being the most popular state for alleged Bigfoot encounters, Washington was also the first place to grant the mythical species legal protection. In 1969, Skamania County, Washington, passed an ordinance making it a felony to kill Bigfoot. California also has its own special history with sasquatches. The Patterson-Gimlin film—arguably the most iconic supposed Bigfoot footage of all time—was shot in the northern part of the state in 1967. also compared the number of Bigfoot reports to each state's population to determine which places have the most sightings per 100,000 people. Washington still ranks No.1 in this category, with 8.9 sightings per 100,000 residents. It's followed by Oregon with six and West Virginia with 5.8.

For the top 10 states with the most Bigfoot sightings overall, check out the list below.

  1. Washington
  1. California
  1. Florida
  1. Ohio
  1. Illinois
  1. Oregon
  1. Texas
  1. Michigan
  1. Missouri
  1. Georgia