This Is What Terrifies People the Most in Your State

It seems no matter of coincidence that anthropophobia, or the fear of people, was the most searched for phobia in the United States in 2020, according to recent data from security firm ADT. In fact, this particular fear of other humans, which couldn’t be more apropos to the pandemic, comprised 22 percent of all phobia search volume, ADT said in a statement. But when you closely, state by state, it’s clear a wide range of fears have been on the minds of Americans this year. Wonder what other things are making people frightened where you live? Read on to discover what scares people in your state the most. And for more regional factoids, find out which is The Unfriendliest State in the U.S.

1

Alabama

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Most common fear: Blood

And for more on the grimmer parts of the country, This Is the Most Miserable State in the U.S.

2

Alaska

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Most common fear: People

3

Arizona

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Most common fear: Failure

And for states that are lacking in excitement, read up on The Most Boring State in the U.S.

4

Arkansas

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Most common fear: People

5

California

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Most common fear: Social media

6

Colorado

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Most common fear: The dark

And if you’re someone who cares about cleanliness, then you’ll want to avoid The Dirtiest State in the U.S.

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Connecticut

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Most common fear: Flying

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8

Delaware

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Most common fear: People

9

Florida

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Most common fear: Germs or viruses

And for the latest on the coronavirus in your area, check out These 21 States Are Having Their Biggest COVID Surges Yet.

10

Georgia

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Most common fear: The outside

11

Hawaii

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Most common fear: Heights

12

Idaho

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Most common fear: People

13

Illinois

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Most common fear: Intimacy

14

Indiana

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Most common fear: Being alone

15

Iowa

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Most common fear: People

16

Kansas

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Most common fear: People

17

Kentucky

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Most common fear: Flying

18

Louisiana

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Most common fear: People

19

Maine

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Most common fear: Flying

20

Maryland

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Most common fear: Flying

21

Massachusetts

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Most common fear: Failure

22

Michigan

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Most common fear: Spiders

23

Minnesota

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Most common fear: Being alone

24

Mississippi

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Most common fear: People

25

Missouri

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Most common fear: Being alone

26

Montana

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Most common fear: Clowns

27

Nebraska

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Most common fear: Public speaking

28

Nevada

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Most common fear: Germs or viruses

29

New Hampshire

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Most common fear: Clowns

30

New Jersey

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Most common fear: The dark

31

New Mexico

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Most common fear: People

32

New York

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Most common fear: Intimacy

33

North Carolina

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Most common fear: Failure

34

North Dakota

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Most common fear: Holes

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Ohio

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Most common fear: Needles

36

Oklahoma

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Most common fear: Flying

37

Oregon

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Most common fear: The dark

38

Pennsylvania

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Most common fear: Flying

39

Rhode Island

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Most common fear: Holes

40

South Carolina

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Most common fear: The dark

41

South Dakota

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Most common fear: People

42

Tennessee

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Most common fear: Blood

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Texas

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Most common fear: The outside

44

Utah

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Most common fear: Failure

45

Vermont

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Most common fear: Blood

46

Virginia

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Most common fear: Snakes

47

Washington

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Most common fear: Needles

48

West Virginia

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Most common fear: People

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Wisconsin

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Most common fear: Spiders

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Wyoming

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Most common fear: Flying

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