Boo! These are the most common phobias in Texas

When it comes to Texas phobias, you'll find different answers to the number one spot depending on where you look, so let's take a look at some candidates for the biggest fears in Texas.

Most common phobia in Texas

According to, fear of heights, or acrophobia, is the most common phobia in Texas as of 2023. This has always baffled me. Why do we need an official phobia just to label a perfectly natural fear?

Is it not normal for people to look down from a height of 15 meters and not see at least one few a little healthy panic? I know, I know, people who suffer from vertigo simply experience a higher level of fear than others.

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Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

Stairs, balconies, parking garages, and so on. All of these can trigger an unfounded fear of heights in some people in Texas.

Another source,, states that fear of snakes is the most common phobia in Texas. Again, a normal fear is perfectly valid and even healthy. But when the nagging fear of the threat of snakes interferes with your daily life, a phobia develops.

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Fear of snakes is actually called ophidiophobia (say that five times quickly) and affects about 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. You picked a good state, too, as Texas has more species of snakes than any other state.

After all that, finally consider this third source, CBS 19, which simply answers: What is Texas' biggest fear? Everything…

Exactly, everything. Given the sheer number of Texans Googling “why am I afraid of…”, they couldn't pinpoint a specific phobia, so they just slapped a one-size-fits-all Band-Aid on it and were happy.

To make it even more interesting, the same study found that Wyoming and North Dakota had no fear at all… I know where I'm moving next.

The 10 biggest fears and phobias in Texas has compiled the 10 most common phobias in Texas based on Google searches. Is your biggest fear on the list?

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