This Is What Terrifies People the Most in Your State

Paul Thompson
·3 mins read

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

birmingham alabama
birmingham alabama

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

An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.
An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.

Most common fear: People

3

Arizona

An aerial view of downtown Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding urban area.
An aerial view of downtown Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding urban area.

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

little rock arkansas
little rock arkansas

Most common fear: People

5

California

Bakersfield California street view
Bakersfield California street view

Most common fear: Social media

6

Colorado

skyline of denver colorado
skyline of denver colorado

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.

7

Connecticut

Hartford, CT skyline
Hartford, CT skyline

Most common fear: Flying

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8

Delaware

Saturated early morning light hits the buildings and architecture of downtown Wilmington Delaware
Saturated early morning light hits the buildings and architecture of downtown Wilmington Delaware

Most common fear: People

9

Florida

tampa florida skyline
tampa florida skyline

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

atlanta georgia skyline
atlanta georgia skyline

Most common fear: The outside

11

Hawaii

coastline of maui hawaii
coastline of maui hawaii

Most common fear: Heights

12

Idaho

View of Boise downtown and Idaho Capitol on a fine autumn morning as seen from Capitol Blvd, Boise, Idaho, USA
View of Boise downtown and Idaho Capitol on a fine autumn morning as seen from Capitol Blvd, Boise, Idaho, USA

Most common fear: People

13

Illinois

down galena illinois main street
down galena illinois main street

Most common fear: Intimacy

14

Indiana

University of Indiana - Family walks with college student out main gates of campus down into the town during Fall Break weekend
University of Indiana - Family walks with college student out main gates of campus down into the town during Fall Break weekend

Most common fear: Being alone

15

Iowa

iowa city, iowa best and worst places in the U.S. to be LGBTQ
iowa city, iowa best and worst places in the U.S. to be LGBTQ

Most common fear: People

16

Kansas

the scout statue overlooking kansas city missouri
the scout statue overlooking kansas city missouri

Most common fear: People

17

Kentucky

Most common fear: Flying

18

Louisiana

baton rouge louisiana state capitol buildings
baton rouge louisiana state capitol buildings

Most common fear: People

19

Maine

Casco Bay Bridge spans Fore River connecting South Portland and Portland in Maine.
Casco Bay Bridge spans Fore River connecting South Portland and Portland in Maine.

Most common fear: Flying

20

Maryland

Maryland
Maryland

Most common fear: Flying

21

Massachusetts

Massachusetts
Massachusetts

Most common fear: Failure

22

Michigan

Manistee River in downtown Manistee Michigan
Manistee River in downtown Manistee Michigan

Most common fear: Spiders

23

Minnesota

downtown minneapolis skyline
downtown minneapolis skyline

Most common fear: Being alone

24

Mississippi

jackson mississippi, capital, most common street names
jackson mississippi, capital, most common street names

Most common fear: People

25

Missouri

chapel of the ozarks at sunset overlooking table rock lake in missouri
chapel of the ozarks at sunset overlooking table rock lake in missouri

Most common fear: Being alone

26

Montana

grinnel glacier glacier national park montana state natural wonders
grinnel glacier glacier national park montana state natural wonders

Most common fear: Clowns

27

Nebraska

the heartland of america park and fountain in omaha nebraska
the heartland of america park and fountain in omaha nebraska

Most common fear: Public speaking

28

Nevada

reno nevada
reno nevada

Most common fear: Germs or viruses

29

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Most common fear: Clowns

30

New Jersey

new jersey skyline from the hudson river
new jersey skyline from the hudson river

Most common fear: The dark

31

New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Most common fear: People

32

New York

New York
New York

Most common fear: Intimacy

33

North Carolina

fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland County
fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland County

Most common fear: Failure

34

North Dakota

A view of buildings in Grand Forks, North Dakota
A view of buildings in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Most common fear: Holes

35

Ohio

a row of houses in granville ohio
a row of houses in granville ohio

Most common fear: Needles

36

Oklahoma

tulsa oklahoma skyline
tulsa oklahoma skyline

Most common fear: Flying

37

Oregon

overview of astoria oregon
overview of astoria oregon

Most common fear: The dark

38

Pennsylvania

harrisburg pennsylvania
harrisburg pennsylvania

Most common fear: Flying

39

Rhode Island

rhode island seascape
rhode island seascape

Most common fear: Holes

40

South Carolina

downtown charleston south carolina
downtown charleston south carolina

Most common fear: The dark

41

South Dakota

South Dakota
South Dakota

Most common fear: People

42

Tennessee

nashville tennessee
nashville tennessee

Most common fear: Blood

43

Texas

Texas
Texas

Most common fear: The outside

44

Utah

salt lake city skyline
salt lake city skyline

Most common fear: Failure

45

Vermont

Church Street in Burlington, Vermont at night.
Church Street in Burlington, Vermont at night.

Most common fear: Blood

46

Virginia

Main street in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.
Main street in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.

Most common fear: Snakes

47

Washington

Bellevue Washington. The snowy Alpine Lakes Wilderness mountain peaks rise behind the urban skyline.
Bellevue Washington. The snowy Alpine Lakes Wilderness mountain peaks rise behind the urban skyline.

Most common fear: Needles

48

West Virginia

high street harpers ferry west virginia
high street harpers ferry west virginia

Most common fear: People

49

Wisconsin

Most common fear: Spiders

50

Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.

Most common fear: Flying