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The Most-Googled Household Fear in Each State

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably googled your fears at least once or twice. Whether we cower at the dark depths of the ocean or dread the soaring heights of a roller coaster, we have a bad habit of turning to search engines with our biggest fears.

Of course, sometimes there’s a valid reason for doing so. Homeowners, for example, might google their household fears to find useful information about a fear: how to prevent it, what to do if it happens, or how to keep it from happening again.

We decided to find out what household fears people google the most in each state. While our study doesn’t necessarily indicate the actual prevalence of a specific problem in a state, it does offer insight into which fears residents have on their minds. Keep reading to find out what’s keeping homeowners up at night in your state.

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What we learned

Apparently, mold is the scariest thing out there. In our study, 10 states feared mold the most—11 states if you include black mold. Carbon monoxide poisoning comes in a distant second, appearing as the most common fear in just six states.

Other fears shared by multiple states include robbery, peeping toms, and fall prevention. Some states, however, had more unusual fears.

  • Pennsylvania has a unique fear: sinking homes. That might sound surprising, but when you google sinking homes, many of the search results relate to Philadelphia.
  • Indiana residents google bed bug signs more than any other state—perhaps because a report by Orkin found that Indianapolis has one of the biggest bed bug problems in the nation.
  • Arizonans worry about pool safety the most, likely because the state’s scorching summer temperatures warrant installing a pool if you have the space.
  • Hurricane preparation is the most-googled fear-based term in Florida, a state often battered by hurricanes.
  • Tennessee stands out as the only state to fear the supernatural. Residents of this Southern state fear ghosts in their houses.

What your state fears

StateMost-Googled Household Fear
AlabamaForeclosure
AlaskaCarbon monoxide poisoning
ArizonaPool safety
ArkansasMold
CaliforniaIs my house earthquake safe
ColoradoAsbestos testing
ConnecticutRobbery
DCHouse history
DelawareRobbery
FloridaHurricane preparation
GeorgiaSomeone is in my house
HawaiiCockroaches
IdahoMold
IllinoisNeighborhood history
IndianaSigns of bed bugs
IowaPeeping tom
KansasMold
KentuckyMold
LouisianaFall prevention
MaineRadon testing
MarylandLiving alone
MassachusettsPeeping tom
MichiganSpiders in my house
MinnesotaGun safety
Mississippi
Sex offenders in my neighborhood
MissouriMold
MontanaMold
NebraskaCarbon monoxide poisoning
NevadaEviction
New HampshireMold
New JerseyRobbery
New MexicoCarbon monoxide poisoning
New YorkFall prevention
North CarolinaSigns of tornado
North DakotaStalkers
OhioBugs in my house
OklahomaPeeping tom
OregonProperty value
PennsylvaniaHome sinking
Rhode IslandMold
South CarolinaRobbery
South DakotaCarbon monoxide poisoning
TennesseeGhost in house
TexasEvictions near me
UtahCarbon monoxide poisoning
VermontMold
VirginiaWi-Fi hacking
WashingtonBaby-proof
West VirginiaBlack mold
WisconsinMold
WyomingCarbon monoxide poisoning
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Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
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Minnesota
Mississippi
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Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Most-Googled Household Fear
Foreclosure
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Pool safety
Mold
Is my house earthquake safe
Asbestos testing
Robbery
House history
Robbery
Hurricane preparation
Someone is in my house
Cockroaches
Mold
Neighborhood history
Signs of bed bugs
Peeping tom
Mold
Mold
Fall prevention
Radon testing
Living alone
Peeping tom
Spiders in my house
Gun safety

Sex offenders in my neighborhood
Mold
Mold
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Eviction
Mold
Robbery
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Fall prevention
Signs of tornado
Stalkers
Bugs in my house
Peeping tom
Property value
Home sinking
Mold
Robbery
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Ghost in house
Evictions near me
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Mold
Wi-Fi hacking
Baby-proof
Black mold
Mold
Carbon monoxide poisoning

How we did it

We evaluated the most common household fears among homeowners on various social media platforms. We then listed each of these fears, along with any corresponding fears, and ran them through Google Trends to find out which states had the highest search volume for each fear.

Feeling fearful?

Our study lets you see what household fears the homeowners in your state search for, but keep in mind that these fears may not apply to you. Not all Washingtonians need to worry about baby-proofing, after all. Don’t let other people’s fears scare you.

If any of these fears ring true, however, just know that knowledge is power. If you’re well-informed about these fears, you can take steps to adequately protect your home and the people in it.

Just remember that Google should be a first stop—not the last. The internet has valuable information, but if you’re really worried about bed bugs in your home, for example (we’re looking at you, Indiana), then you should probably get an expert opinion.

Are you surprised about what your state is afraid of? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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