Each State's Most-Searched Phobias Will Definitely Spook You

By Emily Lee

October 10, 2019

Everybody is afraid of something. Whether you're afraid of the dark or of heights, it's totally normal to have an irrational-fear of something. What's interesting, though, is how some state's seem to be more afraid of certain things than other states. Holes, for example, are a top irrational fear for more states than you can imagine. Seriously. People are really afraid of holes. It's a thing.

Your Local Security took the time to figure out what each state is afraid of most. To find each state’s most-searched phobia, the YLS team analyzed search volume for nearly 40 different “fear of” terms, focusing on the top 15. Then they pooled Google Trends data from August 2018 to August 2019 to determine the top phobia in each state. Here's what they found:

Alabama: Fear of Public Speaking (Glossophobia)

Alaska: Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

Arizona: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Arkansas: Fear of People (Agoraphobia)

California: Fear of Failure (Atychiphobia)

Colorado: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Connecticut: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Delaware: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

District of Columbia: Fear of Commitment (Gamophobia)

Florida: Fear of Snakes (Ophidiophobia)

Georgia: Fear of Snakes (Ophidiophobia)

Hawaii: Fear of Heights (Acrophobia)

Idaho: Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

Illinois: Fear of Public Speaking (Glossophobia)

Indiana: Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia)

Iowa: Fear of Clowns (Coulrophobia)

Kansas: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Kentucky: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Louisiana: Fear of Public Speaking (Glossophobia)

Maine: Fear of the Dark (Nyctophobia)

Maryland: Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia)

Massachusetts: Fear of Failure (Atychiphobia)

Michigan: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Minnesota: Fear of Water (Aquaphobia)

Mississippi: Fear of People (Agoraphobia)

Missouri: Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia)

Montana: Fear of Flying (Aviophobia)

Nebraska: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

Nevada: Fear of Heights (Acrophobia)

New Hampshire: Fear of Flying (Aviophobia)

New Jersey: Fear of Public Speaking (Glossophobia)

New Mexico: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

New York: Fear of Public Speaking (Glossophobia)

North Carolina: Fear of Water (Aquaphobia)

North Dakota: Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

Ohio: Fear of Blood (Hemophobia)

Oklahoma: Fear of Water (Aquaphobia)

Oregon: Fear of Water (Aquaphobia)

Pennsylvania: Fear of Failure (Atychiphobia)

Rhode Island: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

South Carolina: Fear of Holes (Trypophobia)

South Dakota: Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

Tennessee: Fear of Being Alone (Autophobia)

Texas: Fear of Snakes (Ophidiophobia)

Utah: Fear of Clowns (Coulrophobia)

Vermont: Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

Virginia: Fear of Blood (Hemophobia)

Washington: Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia)

West Virginia: Fear of Clowns (Coulrophobia)

Wisconsin: Fear of Water (Aquaphobia)

Wyoming: Fear of Flying (Aviophobia)

Like we said, a lot of people are afraid of holes. What's your biggest irrational fear - does it match up with your state?

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