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Florida Named Scariest State in America

The real estate website Estately Blog says the Sunshine State tops them all when it comes to common fears realized.

Florida ranked No. 1 for shark attacks, tornadoes and hurricanes. Patch File Photo
Florida ranked No. 1 for shark attacks, tornadoes and hurricanes. Patch File Photo

House hunters looking for places to lay down roots are being warned that Florida is No. 1 when a list of 15 common fears is taken into account.

At least that’s the contention of the real estate website Estately Blog. In its recently published report, “The United States of Fear,” the real estate search website took a look at common fears that people have and ranked the 50 states accordingly.

“Here at the real estate search site Estately we know there are hundreds of worries when choosing where to buy a home, so to help house hunters make a more informed decision we’ve mapped out where Americans’ darkest fears are most readily found,” the article explains.

Delving into such fears as clowns, bears, tornadoes, murderers, shark attacks and meth labs, the authors did their homework to crunch some numbers before tallying results. The criteria used to arrive at the numbers came from such sources as the Florida University International Shark Attack File and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Florida not only ranked number one overall, but came in first place for hurricanes, shark attacks and tornadoes. It also came in third for lightning and fifth for spiders.

Recent news from around the state lends some credence to the report's conclusions. A host of shark attacks have been reported this summer alone in the Sunshine State and a lightning strike recently took out a portion of a Clearwater home.

“The most dangerous state in America is the most likely place to experience a real life Sharknado. Or even a Sharkicane. Both are sometimes accompanied by Sharkning, which is terrifying,” the site’s authors wrote about their

Georgia, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama trailed the Sunshine results.State in the list’s Top 5.

Check out Estately’s full story here.

What do you think? Is Florida the scariest place to live? Tell us by commenting below!

Carol Renteria July 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I've lived in Florida for 23 years and have never been attacked by a shark in my home! :-P
Barbara Inglese July 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Grace, the beaches are rarely polluted, its a beautiful state, but wherever you live please stay there. ps Don't know what beach you go to?
Inky's Mom July 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Ha ha ha ha!! I have to stop laughing while I pick some limes off my tree for a mojito by the pool this afternoon, or any afternoon in any month of the year, since we swim all year. Maybe I will visit one of our world-class museums later, or kayak downtown, oooooh I will watch out for the sharks, though!!!
Magnus Thunderson July 17, 2014 at 03:27 PM
what an off based article as we do not fear swimming at our beach's or worry about Tornados(unless you live in a trailer) as there almost never had one over F2 in almost any year we never thought we had a one or two low end F3 every 50 years However Hurricane's are a threat but if your smart you can prepare quite well for them such as I did I bought my house in an XXX zone which is a zero flood zone and zero storm surge and bought a reinforced masonry house installed a life time Hurricane roof on and shuttered most of the windows so a cat 5 will have little problems for me and I get a really good insurance rate to boot
m carlisle July 17, 2014 at 09:51 PM
Only thing that really scares me is our state politicians. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.

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