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The Scariest States in the United States Named By Estately

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By Sean Breslin Published: Jul 23, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

There are states some people might fear because of natural disasters and other threats.
Real estate search site Estately took a handful of our common fears and created a list of the states where those fears occur most frequently. Included in those factors were fears of hurricanes and tornadoes (lilapsophobia), as well as volcanoes (ifestíophobia) and other fears in nature, like snakes (ophidiophobia) or spiders (arachnophobia).
The study ranked each state based on the prevalence of 15 common fears. The 10 scariest states are below, and if your home state didn't make the top-10, check here to see where it ranks on the full list.

10. Virginia

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Local resident Betty Coll (L) shows friend Joe Straub (R) damage in front of her house after a powerful overnight storm, June 30, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia.
Virginia only ranked in the top-10 of one category – fear of hurricanes. According to NOAA data, Virginia ranks ninth in the nation for the most direct hits from hurricanes from 1851 to 2004. Although the state doesn't rank at the top of any categories on the list, Virginia is in the top 15 of six categories – fear of hurricanes, bears, prison, flying, shark attacks and, get this, volcanoes.

North Carolina

Strong winds and heavy surf cover Highway 64 at the Albemarle Sound caused by Hurricane Arthur on July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina.
People with a fear of hurricanes, shark attacks or lightning would be well-advised to steer clear of North Carolina, where all three situations are present, especially near the coast. Tornadoes aren't unheard of, but less common than some of North Carolina's neighboring states – the Tar Heel State ranks No. 26 for that particular fear.