It's Official: Florida Is the Scariest State in the U.S.

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People from up North love to pretend to be afraid of Florida because of its crazy conservatives, dangerous gun laws, and general WTF-ness. But according to a new study, Florida really is the scariest state in the U.S. -- for far different reasons.

See also: Florida Is the Most Stressed State in America, Study Says

Real estate blog Estately published a ranking of the scariest states in the nation Tuesday, and yep, the Sunshine State landed in the lead, beating out Texas (#3), Louisiana (#4), and Mississippi (#9).

The list is based on statistics related to common fears: "bears, clowns, going to jail, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning strikes, shark attacks, meth labs, murderers, volcanoes, lightning strikes," for example.

Here's your silver lining: Florida's ranking isn't due to clowns and meth labs -- at least not substantially. According to Estately, "Florida earned top spot due to high rankings in these categories: hurricanes (1st), shark attacks (1st), tornadoes (1st), lightning (3rd), and spiders (9th)."

First place for meth labs? That honor goes to Missouri. First place for clowns? North Dakota. Let's all take a moment to appreciate the vast stretch of land separating Missouri from North Dakota.

Fine, so Florida is a terrifying place to be. But on the upside, maybe Florida can turn this into an opportunity for Halloween tourism. Florida-themed haunted houses could be this year's big trend.

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Anne De La Cruz
Anne De La Cruz

Claire Thilman Haha\U0001f602 souvill dozou eist scheint Florida, vlaischt aawer besser nemmen an Vakanz dohin ze goen an rem schein brav heem ze kommen wou et keng Sharkys gin\U0001f61c

Ben Corrigan
Ben Corrigan

And dont forget if ur primary means of transportation is a bicycle....

Seth Platt
Seth Platt

I think the crazy eyes photo of Gov Scott is more scary and appropriate.

Carlos Rosario
Carlos Rosario

It should be, with the KKK to the north and drive byes in the south and sharks in the water off the beaches.....oh yea and George Zimmerman still running around....lol

natnat2318109
natnat2318109

No, you were right the first time, ppl are afraid of Florida because of their crazy conservatives, insane gun laws and The whole WTF is wrong with this state-ness there's no pretending, that's reality!!!

Sara Becnel
Sara Becnel

Not to mention Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman.

Susan Rioux
Susan Rioux

I thought the Midwest , tornado alley, would be #1. Ok with the hurricanes, shark attacks, how about the Great Barrier Reef ? Where do we have an active volcano?

Richard Cadavid
Richard Cadavid

They forgot: Crimes against children Rapes Gang violence Drug trade Horse mutilation Corruption Miami traffic Hipsters Ego Plasticity $50k a year millionaires Angry beggars Fast and the furious vs elderly drivers Need more?

Jean Peña
Jean Peña

What a stupid article, why Facebook doesn't have an option for dislike gez!!!! Lol

Samantha Nelson
Samantha Nelson

Alyssa Gonzalez I was just looking at this!!!! ahhh!

Jane Lacy
Jane Lacy

Was your arrival the tipping point, lol!

cyclingcracker
cyclingcracker

Don't forget number one in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities

Anabela Satarić
Anabela Satarić

I blibe weg dem glich hie... hahahaha Viktorija Satarić

Carlos Rod
Carlos Rod

Get out of there Danny Quintero... you and your family...

Viviana Otero
Viviana Otero

Well...we're surrounded by KKK police officers and Republicans!!!

Tonya Leigh
Tonya Leigh

Brandon Roffé this is the first time I'm seeing it!!

Brandon Roffé
Brandon Roffé

Tonya Leigh I'm surprised you weren't on top of this :p

Traci Jo Anderson
Traci Jo Anderson

Floriduh. I was only frightened by the DMV. 10 temporary plates later..get it together Tallahassee

Bless Ann
Bless Ann

Katherine DimurroDebbie Abraham exactly why I don't like going into the water! Lol

Brittany Janes
Brittany Janes

Spiders? What about these big ass roaches. I almost died from a heart attack on numerous occasions.

Muse TD
Muse TD

Awesome. That is why i was born here. Land of the WARRIORS!

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