Georgia Listed as Second Scariest State in the U.S.

The real estate website Estately Blog says the Peach State is second only to Florida when it comes to common fears realized.

Georgia is home to four species of venomous spiders, including the black widow. Patch file.
Georgia is home to four species of venomous spiders, including the black widow. Patch file.

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If you don’t like spiders and snakes, you might not have what it takes to love Georgia if you’re a homebuyer.

At least that’s the contention of the real estate website Estately Blog, which warns house hunters looking for places to lay down roots that Georgia is the second scariest place to live in America when a list of 15 common fears is taken into account.

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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, meth labs and poisonous critters, 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 Venombyte, the F.A.A and N.O.A.A.

Georgia ranked in the top five in the fear of Flying (total airline passenger boardings), Spiders (number of venomous arachnids) and Snakes (number of venomous snakes).

“If Samuel L. Jackson ever stars in Snakes & Spiders on a Plane, it definitely will be set in Georgia,” the site’s authors wrote in the report.

Venombyte says Georgia is home to four poisonous spiders species (brown recluse, brown widow and the northern and southern black widow), and 10 species of venomous snakes (coral, four types of rattlesnakes, three types of cottonmouths and two types of copperheads).

Florida was listed as the scariest state; Texas, Louisiana and Alabama were ranked third through fifth.

Check out Estately’s full story here.

Pam J July 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM
When my parents were having their house built in 1967, we were over here playing around. My brother and his friend went to the empty land across the street and saw a copperhead snake. My father had to do a lot of talking to get my mother to continue building the house! When I moved into my first house, I found, well my cat found, a big scorpion in the kitchen a few weeks after I moved in. I was ready to put it up for sale. We have trees. Therefore we will have all kinds of scary things to deal with. Move to a concrete jungle if you want to feel safer.
BeckBoo July 17, 2014 at 04:51 PM
"venomous" spiders, not poisonous... venom is injected, poison is ingested....sheesh.
janh999 July 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM
We moved here 6yrs ago from Western NY, where the worst thing you can encounter is a blizzard. Within a couple yards of my house we have had black & brown widows, copperheads and a few tornados have come within an uncomfortable distance. But I also have a wonderful house, large yard for my son, a creek very close by, great weather 9months out of the year & 3 hawks that visit our backyard several times a day, all of which would have cost double in NY. I really o love t here.
jMichael July 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM
The only really scary thing in Georgia is the phrase "Bless his/her heart".
Julieanne July 18, 2014 at 04:37 PM


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