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Yikes! America’s Top-Searched Phobias in 2018

As Halloween quickly approaches, the team at the home security site, YourLocalSecurity.com (YLS), sought to mark this ghoulish holiday by releasing our second-annual report revealing America’s top-searched phobias. After all, people love to be scared.

Our 2017 report showed that the top 5 most-searched phobias in America were the fear of the unknown, fear of the number 13, fear of clowns, fear of (small, pattern-like) holes, and fear of the ocean. This year, we updated our methodology to more accurately reflect the most common fears.

Our 2018 report shows that fear of spiders and fear of people came out on top for the most-searched fears in America. Take a peek at our map below to see what most spooks residents in your state. You’ll probably find that you can relate to at least one of the fears on the list!

Interesting Findings

  • “Fear of people” and “fear of spiders” were most-searched in 11 states each, taking the awards for overall popularity.
  • North Dakota and Wyoming are the only states without a top-searched fear.
  • New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the US and the only one most afraid of the dark.
  • Montana, a state with some tall peaks (including Granite Peak at 12,808’ and Mount Wood at 12,661’), is most afraid of heights.
  • California, home to Silicon Valley and Hollywood, has a fear of success.
  • New York, which has one of the least licensed drivers per capita and the most taxi drivers, has a fear of driving.

Each State’s Top Fear

Alabama

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Alaska

Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia: abnormal fear of injections, blood draws, and needles)

Arizona

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Arkansas

Fear of Thunder (Astraphobia: severe fear of thunderstorms and lightning)

California

Fear of Success (Achievemephobia: fear of living up to—or not living up to—one’s potential)

Colorado

Fear of Bugs (Entomophobia: excessive fear of insects)

Connecticut

Fear of Thunder (Astraphobia: severe fear of thunderstorms and lightning)

Delaware

Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia: abnormal fear of injections, blood draws, and needles)

Florida

Fear of Sleep (Somniphobia: fear or aversion to falling asleep at night)

Georgia

Fear of Heights (Acrophobia: acute or abnormal fear of high places)

Hawaii

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Idaho

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Illinois

Fear of Being Alone (Autophobia: morbid fear of isolation or abandonment)

Indiana

Fear of Dying (Thanatophobia: irrational or extreme fear of death)

Iowa

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Kansas

Fear of Love (Philophobia: unreasonable fear of falling in love or emotional attachment)

Kentucky

Fear of Commitment (Gamophobia: overwhelming fear of long-term obligations or marriage)

Louisiana

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Maine

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Maryland

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Massachusetts

Fear of Dying (Thanatophobia: irrational or extreme fear of death)

Michigan

Fear of Bugs (Entomophobia: excessive fear of insects)

Minnesota

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Mississippi

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Missouri

Fear of Commitment (Gamophobia: overwhelming fear of long-term obligations or marriage)

Montana

Fear of Heights (Acrophobia: acute or abnormal fear of high places)

Nebraska

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Nevada

Fear of Commitment (Gamophobia: overwhelming fear of long-term obligations or marriage)

New Hampshire

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

New Jersey

Fear of Driving (Vehophobia: persistent, overpowering fear of driving)

New Mexico

Fear of the Dark (Nyctophobia: extreme fear of night or darkness)

New York

Fear of Driving (Vehophobia: persistent, overpowering fear of driving)

North Carolina

Fear of Driving (Vehophobia: persistent, overpowering fear of driving)

North Dakota

No Biggest Fear

Ohio

Fear of Driving (Vehophobia: persistent, overpowering fear of driving)

Oklahoma

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Oregon

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Pennsylvania

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Rhode Island

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

South Carolina

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: the morbid fear of social situations)

South Dakota

Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia: intense fear of injections, blood draws, and needles)

Tennessee

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Texas

Fear of Everything (Panophobia: generalized, lingering fear that something bad is about to happen)

Utah

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: an intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Vermont

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: an intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

Virginia

Fear of Being Alone (Autophobia: morbid fear of isolation or abandonment)

Washington

Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia: an intense aversion to members of the arachnid family)

West Virginia

Fear of Heights (Acrophobia: acute or abnormal fear of high places)

Wisconsin

Fear of People (Anthrophobia: morbid fear of social situations)

Wyoming

No Biggest Fear

Methodology

The YLS team used Google’s autocomplete feature to find the 15 most common ways to end the phrases “why am I afraid of/to” and “why am I scared of/to.” Gathering data from August 29, 2017 to August 29, 2018, these phrases—and the respective scientific names of those fears—were then put into Google Trends to determine which phobias each state was searching more than any other state.

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