This Is What Terrifies People the Most in Your State

Here are the fears and phobias people in your state searched for online the most in 2020.

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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.

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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.

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Alaska

An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.
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Most common fear: People

3
Arizona

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

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Arkansas

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Most common fear: People

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California

Bakersfield California street view
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Most common fear: Social media

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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

Hartford, CT skyline
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Most common fear: Flying

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Delaware

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

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Georgia

atlanta georgia skyline
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Most common fear: The outside

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Hawaii

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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
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Most common fear: People

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Illinois

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Most common fear: Intimacy

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Indiana

University of Indiana - Family walks with college student out main gates of campus down into the town during Fall Break weekend
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Most common fear: Being alone

15
Iowa

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

baton rouge louisiana state capitol buildings
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Most common fear: People

19
Maine

Casco Bay Bridge spans Fore River connecting South Portland and Portland in Maine.
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Most common fear: Flying

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Maryland

Maryland
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Most common fear: Flying

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts
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Most common fear: Failure

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Michigan

Manistee River in downtown Manistee Michigan
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Most common fear: Spiders

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Minnesota

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Most common fear: Being alone

24
Mississippi

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Most common fear: People

25
Missouri

chapel of the ozarks at sunset overlooking table rock lake in missouri
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Most common fear: Being alone

26
Montana

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Most common fear: Clowns

27
Nebraska

the heartland of america park and fountain in omaha nebraska
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Most common fear: Public speaking

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Nevada

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Most common fear: Germs or viruses

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire
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Most common fear: Clowns

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New Jersey

new jersey skyline from the hudson river
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Most common fear: The dark

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New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Most common fear: People

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New York

New York
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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
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Most common fear: Failure

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North Dakota

A view of buildings in Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Most common fear: Holes

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Ohio

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Most common fear: Needles

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Oklahoma

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Most common fear: Flying

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Oregon

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Most common fear: The dark

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Pennsylvania

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Most common fear: Flying

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Rhode Island

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Most common fear: Holes

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South Carolina

downtown charleston south carolina
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Most common fear: The dark

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South Dakota

South Dakota
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Most common fear: People

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Tennessee

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Most common fear: Blood

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Texas

Texas
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Most common fear: The outside

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Utah

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Most common fear: Failure

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Vermont

Church Street in Burlington, Vermont at night.
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Most common fear: Blood

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Virginia

Main street in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Most common fear: Snakes

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Washington

Bellevue Washington. The snowy Alpine Lakes Wilderness mountain peaks rise behind the urban skyline.
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Most common fear: Needles

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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

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Most common fear: Flying

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