This Is the Scariest State in America

From UFO sightings to haunted places, this state is the spookiest of them all.

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UFO sightings may sound like the norm if you live in, say, Roswell, New Mexico, but there are plenty of other places where people say they've spotted a UFO flying around or heard about a variety of other eerie occurrences. At Best Life, we set out to uncover the scariest state in America, factoring in everything from haunted places to animal attacks and unsolved murders.

To analyze which state tipped the scary scale the most, we calculated each state's percent of unsolved homicide cases over a nearly 30-year period based on a report from the nonprofit organization Project: Cold Case. Next, we used a ranking from Travel Channel, which rated how haunted each state is based on data from its paranormal TV series, including Ghost Adventures and Kindred Spirits, with 1 being the most haunted and 50 being the least.

Then, we factored in the number of reported UFO sightings in each state per 100,000 people from SatelliteInternet.com, using data from the National UFO Reporting Center. Lastly, we included a report from The Washington Post on the total number of deaths caused by animals, including venomous spiders, snakes, bees, dogs, and other mammals, using the most recent available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over a 15-year period.

Finally, we gave each of the four metrics a weighted value and plugged them into our exclusive algorithm to see where each state scored on our 100-point scale Scary Index. The three most populous states in the country found themselves on the eerier side of the scale, and yes, so did New Mexico. Where does your state rank? Read on to find out, and to discover the scariest state in America. And for the place that is scarily greedy, check out The Most Selfish State in America.

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Nebraska

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Unsolved homicide cases: 16 percent

Haunted ranking: 43

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.53

Deaths caused by animals: 19

Scary Index Score: 0.00

49
Delaware

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Unsolved homicide cases: 28 percent

Haunted ranking: 50

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.77

Deaths caused by animals: 9

Scary Index Score: 5.74

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North Dakota

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Unsolved homicide cases: 18 percent

Haunted ranking: 43

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.72

Deaths caused by animals: 9

Scary Index Score: 13.40

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South Dakota

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Unsolved homicide cases: 20 percent

Haunted ranking: 34

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.94

Deaths caused by animals: 15

Scary Index Score: 15.77

46
Maryland

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Unsolved homicide cases: 34 percent

Haunted ranking: 43

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.60

Deaths caused by animals: 29

Scary Index Score: 16.03

45
Wyoming

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Unsolved homicide cases: 11 percent

Haunted ranking: 40

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 6.05

Deaths caused by animals: 10

Scary Index Score: 16.68

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Mississippi

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Unsolved homicide cases: 27 percent

Haunted ranking: 40

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.98

Deaths caused by animals: 53

Scary Index Score: 17.25

43
Oklahoma

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Unsolved homicide cases: 17 percent

Haunted ranking: 34

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.86

Deaths caused by animals: 70

Scary Index Score: 20.19

42
Alaska

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Unsolved homicide cases: 26 percent

Haunted ranking: 40

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.51

Deaths caused by animals: 18

Scary Index Score: 25.57

41
South Carolina

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Unsolved homicide cases: 23 percent

Haunted ranking: 34

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.03

Deaths caused by animals: 59

Scary Index Score: 26.17

40
Wisconsin

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Unsolved homicide cases: 19 percent

Haunted ranking: 34

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.56

Deaths caused by animals: 87

Scary Index Score: 28.99

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Maine

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Unsolved homicide cases: 20 percent

Haunted ranking: 43

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 7.22

Deaths caused by animals: 13

Scary Index Score: 30.67

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Arkansas

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Unsolved homicide cases: 18 percent

Haunted ranking: 28

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.74

Deaths caused by animals: 60

Scary Index Score: 31.27

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Rhode Island

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Unsolved homicide cases: 36 percent

Haunted ranking: 43

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.44

Deaths caused by animals: 9

Scary Index Score: 31.70

36
Iowa

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Unsolved homicide cases: 27 percent

Haunted ranking: 28

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.85

Deaths caused by animals: 35

Scary Index Score: 32.35

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Virginia

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Unsolved homicide cases: 26 percent

Haunted ranking: 28

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.67

Deaths caused by animals: 66

Scary Index Score: 34.83

34
New Jersey

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Unsolved homicide cases: 29 percent

Haunted ranking: 27

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.90

Deaths caused by animals: 29

Scary Index Score: 35.02

33
Hawaii

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Unsolved homicide cases: 36 percent

Haunted ranking: 43

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 5.16

Deaths caused by animals: 12

Scary Index Score: 36.31

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North Carolina

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Unsolved homicide cases: 19 percent

Haunted ranking: 22

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.16

Deaths caused by animals: 122

Scary Index Score: 38.86

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West Virginia

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Unsolved homicide cases: 18 percent

Haunted ranking: 18

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.79

Deaths caused by animals: 45

Scary Index Score: 39.95

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Vermont

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Unsolved homicide cases: 43 percent

Haunted ranking: 49

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 6.09

Deaths caused by animals: 9

Scary Index Score: 42.62

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Minnesota

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Unsolved homicide cases: 40 percent

Haunted ranking: 34

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.10

Deaths caused by animals: 50

Scary Index Score: 44.05

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Connecticut

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Unsolved homicide cases: 29 percent

Haunted ranking: 25

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.94

Deaths caused by animals: 14

Scary Index Score: 46.71

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Alabama

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Unsolved homicide cases: 45 percent

Haunted ranking: 28

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.96

Deaths caused by animals: 56

Scary Index Score: 50.26

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Kansas

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Unsolved homicide cases: 45 percent

Haunted ranking: 28

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.85

Deaths caused by animals: 30

Scary Index Score: 51.53

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Louisiana

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Unsolved homicide cases: 36 percent

Haunted ranking: 10

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.44

Deaths caused by animals: 52

Scary Index Score: 55.82

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Kentucky

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Unsolved homicide cases: 31 percent

Haunted ranking: 13

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.91

Deaths caused by animals: 56

Scary Index Score: 56.20

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Tennessee

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Unsolved homicide cases: 33 percent

Haunted ranking: 22

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.56

Deaths caused by animals: 120

Scary Index Score: 56.37

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Utah

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Unsolved homicide cases: 27 percent

Haunted ranking: 11

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.27

Deaths caused by animals: 21

Scary Index Score: 56.54

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New Hampshire

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Unsolved homicide cases: 33 percent

Haunted ranking: 34

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 7.87

Deaths caused by animals: 9

Scary Index Score: 57.79

20
Oregon

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Unsolved homicide cases: 36 percent

Haunted ranking: 22

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.86

Deaths caused by animals: 31

Scary Index Score: 59.72

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Idaho

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Unsolved homicide cases: 19 percent

Haunted ranking: 28

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 9.18

Deaths caused by animals: 34

Scary Index Score: 59.98

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Missouri

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Unsolved homicide cases: 27 percent

Haunted ranking: 8

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.69

Deaths caused by animals: 86

Scary Index Score: 60.29

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Colorado

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Unsolved homicide cases: 34 percent

Haunted ranking: 15

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.08

Deaths caused by animals: 39

Scary Index Score: 61.63

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Illinois

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Unsolved homicide cases: 36 percent

Haunted ranking: 11

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.84

Deaths caused by animals: 84

Scary Index Score: 61.84

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Pennsylvania

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Unsolved homicide cases: 23 percent

Haunted ranking: 6

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.80

Deaths caused by animals: 108

Scary Index Score: 61.90

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Massachusetts

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Unsolved homicide cases: 39 percent

Haunted ranking: 8

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.45

Deaths caused by animals: 25

Scary Index Score: 63.08

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Georgia

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Unsolved homicide cases: 40 percent

Haunted ranking: 18

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.14

Deaths caused by animals: 107

Scary Index Score: 64.00

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New York

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Unsolved homicide cases: 35 percent

Haunted ranking: 6

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.59

Deaths caused by animals: 88

Scary Index Score: 65.20

And for the place that is least fun to shop at, This Store Has the Worst Customer Service in America.

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Washington

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Unsolved homicide cases: 29 percent

Haunted ranking: 13

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 5.07

Deaths caused by animals: 63

Scary Index Score: 67.53

10
Michigan

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Unsolved homicide cases: 48 percent

Haunted ranking: 18

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.31

Deaths caused by animals: 88

Scary Index Score: 71.00

And for the state that is most active between the sheets, This Is the Most Promiscuous State in America.

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Indiana

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Unsolved homicide cases: 43 percent

Haunted ranking: 17

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.92

Deaths caused by animals: 56

Scary Index Score: 71.07

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New Mexico

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Unsolved homicide cases: 35 percent

Haunted ranking: 18

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 6.20

Deaths caused by animals: 40

Scary Index Score: 71.96

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Nevada

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Unsolved homicide cases: 37 percent

Haunted ranking: 2

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 3.93

Deaths caused by animals: 13

Scary Index Score: 74.01

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Montana

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Unsolved homicide cases: 32 percent

Haunted ranking: 26

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 9.17

Deaths caused by animals: 25

Scary Index Score: 75.09

5
Ohio

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Unsolved homicide cases: 35 percent

Haunted ranking: 4

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.81

Deaths caused by animals: 112

Scary Index Score: 77.97

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Florida

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Unsolved homicide cases: 40 percent

Haunted ranking: 15

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 2.64

Deaths caused by animals: 171

Scary Index Score: 79.63

And for the place where people are most likely to break their marriage vows, This Is the Most Adulterous State in America.

3
Arizona

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Unsolved homicide cases: 39 percent

Haunted ranking: 5

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 4.38

Deaths caused by animals: 77

Scary Index Score: 85.19

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California

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Unsolved homicide cases: 41 percent

Haunted ranking: 1

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.90

Deaths caused by animals: 212

Scary Index Score: 97.45

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Texas

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Unsolved homicide cases: 29 percent

Haunted ranking: 3

UFO sightings per 100,000 residents: 1.29

Deaths caused by animals: 356

Scary Index Score: 100.00

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