A real estate blog called Estately just ranked the U.S. states by how SCARY they are . . . apparently they couldn't hold out a few months and release it around Halloween, when it would've made sense.

The way they ranked states was pretty clever. They based it on natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes . . . the number of snakes, spiders, and sharks . . . deaths caused by lightning . . . the number of clowns and dentists . . . and the murder rate.

 

But even after all that, the state that IS the scariest place to be ended up winning . . . well done, Florida. Please don't shoot me.

 

The top 10 scariest states are: Florida . . . Georgia . . . Texas . . . Louisiana . . . Alabama . . . North Carolina . . . California . . . South Carolina . . . Mississippi . . . and Virginia.

 

South Dakota is the least scary state in the country . . . North Dakota is second-least scary. 

 

You can see the rankings for all 50 states here. (Estately)