A new ranking by real estate website estately.com is confirming a feeling some people may have already had about the Sunshine State: it is terrifying.
The slightly tongue-in-cheek study titled “United States of Fear” named Florida the scariest state in the nation using criteria based on 15 of the most common fears, such as heights, snakes, dentists and clowns.
Florida ranked No. 1 in hurricanes, tornadoes and shark attacks, according to the study — enough to give the state a 13.53 “fear ranking” to beat out Georgia (high in snakes) and Texas (tops in spiders), which ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively.
Scared of going to prison? Stay away from Louisiana which ranked first in incarcerations, as well as murders, according to the study.
Worried about Bears? Avoid Alaska. Heights? Stay out of mountainous Colorado.
And if you’re freaked out by circus clowns, do not go to North Dakota. The state has the most clowns per capita, the study says.
Below are the top 10 scariest states from the “United States of Fear.” You can see the full list, plus a detailed explanation of the study’s criteria at estately.com.
6. North Carolina
8. South Carolina