This State Reports the Most Ghost Sightings in America

If you're intrigued—or freaked out!—by the idea of the paranormal, you'll want to know which U.S. state has racked up more supernatural sightings since 2005 than any other.

Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, you have to admit that there’s something intriguing about the idea of spirits from the beyond lurking around Earth. And around Halloween, when many people are getting into the spooky spirit, you may even wonder if there have been some haunted happenings in your neck of the woods.

It turns out that, sure enough, supernatural encounters have been reported in every state in the United States—and these are the best places to spot a ghost in every state. But did a report on the states with the most ghost sightings, and it turns out that some have seen more specters than others—a lot more.

The most haunted state

SlotSource took a look at the reports of paranormal sightings, from 2005 until now, in every state on and crunched the numbers. Though it ranked them all, plus Puerto Rico, it only listed the numbers for the top 20.

And there was a clear winner! (Or loser, depending on how you look at it.) In Texas, residents have seen 6,845 ghostly somethings since 2005. That shakes out to an average of 456 per year! According to other Reader’s Digest research, some of the spots you might glimpse a ghost in the Lone Star State include Austin’s Driskill hotel; the Governor’s Mansion; and Fort Inge, a historic site in Uvalde County.

Other top states

The ranking found a strong second-place contender, too: California had 6,444 ghost sightings since 2005. After the top two, though, the numbers drop significantly. The third most haunted state is Ohio—but it had nearly 4,000 fewer sightings than the Golden State, with 2,555. The only other states with more than 2,000 sightings are Michigan, with 2,426, and Illinois, with 2,151, rounding out the top five. Check out the full top 20 on SlotSource.

And if the idea of sharing your state with spooks gives you the shivers? Puerto Rico and Delaware had the lowest and second-lowest number of ghost sightings, respectively; that’s where you’ll want to take up residence if you want to minimize your chances of seeing a ghost. Though to be fair, even Texas’ 6,845 shakes out to a mere 0.0238 percent of the state’s population who have actually seen a ghost! If you want to zero in on specific places where spirits are said to lurk, these are the most haunted spots in America. And if you’ve got a feeling an undead creature might call your abode home, find out these signs your house could be haunted.


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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.