A new ranking by Estately puts all 50 states in order of most to least scary based on several criteria.  Illinois and Missouri appear to be a little on the scary side, while Iowa seems pretty safe.

The rankings are based on several things including bears, snakes, spiders, murders, heights, tornados, shark attacks, hurricanes, dentists, meth use and clowns. Yes... clowns.

Illinois ranks 17th overall in scariness. The ranking comes with this excerpt...

Which is a better name for an Illinois punk band, “The Flying Meth Users” or “The Tornado Murderers?”

Just ahead of Illinois in scariness is Missouri, with a #16 ranking. Here's what they say about the Show Me State...

In Missouri, even the spiders and snakes are on meth.

Iowa is the safest of the tri-states, ranking at #39, with this quote...

While Iowa resides in America’s “Tornado/Meth Belt,” it’s still a relatively safe state.

The five scariest states according to the rankings are...

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama

The five least scary states are...

  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Vermont
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota