Canada, as of 2018, Has More Missing Persons than the U.S
I started off looking at data of missing persons per state in the U.S. I first looked at 2019 and then 2020 to look for any major differences. It was obvious that states with bigger populations had more missing people, like in Texas. I was shocked at how high the Alaska number was, at 309.
It’s important to note that this data reflects all the people missing in a particular year, not just who went missing in that year. So, missing persons cases from previous years that have not been solved are still counted.
Overall, there wasn’t much of a difference in numbers of missing persons from 2019 to 2020. Much of the state numbers stayed the same. However, 2020 is not over yet and the numbers can rise.
Utah and Hawaii stayed at the same number of missing persons, at 207.
Arkansas went from 200 to 309 which is a heavy increase from one year. There does not seem to be any big event that would explain this high increase.
After looking at missing persons in the United States I looked at missing persons in Canada, in 2018. Provinces in Canada have much higher populations than American states do, which is partly why numbers for some provinces are much higher than any U.S state.
I calculated how much of Canada’s population is missing which is 0.07% of the population. 0.018% of America’s population is missing.
This means that the U.S, despite having a higher population, percentage of missing persons is less than Canadas. This led me to wonder the demographics of the missing people in Canada.
The ways most people went missing are unknown, but a large amount of people went missing by wandering off or by running away.
I know that Canada has a large amount of missing Indigenous women, so I looked to see if I could find any data on what percentage of missing persons in Canada were Indigenous. I could not find any exact data on this, largely because these missings were unreported either by family or by the Canadian government itself.
National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls says it’s impossible to calculate firm numbers, but they estimate over 4,000 Indigenous women and girls are missing in Canada. Native women’s association of Canada reported 582 confirmed missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
Lastly, for fun, I looked at the number of missing persons who had also reported a UFO sighting in the U.S.
Out of 57 people that went missing after reporting a UFO sighting, 35 were male and 22 were women. In the United States, men are more likely to missing after reporting a UFO sighting.
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