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Spooky Cities Ranking

Top ten most spooky cities in the us

It’s one again the spookiest time of year, and FlixBus has uncovered the spookiest destination of them all! Halloween is the perfect occasion for thrill-seeking travelers to explore some of the eeriest locations across the country. From notoriously spooky towns like Salem, Massachusetts, to urban sprawls such New York City, ghost hunters and myth busters alike have plenty of opportunities to for chilling experiences in some of the most spine-chilling places anywhere in the world.

We have analyzed 100 cities across the US, mapping out haunted houses, spooky tours and Halloween parades in order to compile the Spookiest Cities in the US Ranking 2018. The cities with the most spooky sites per capita make the list.  

Pierre Gourdain, Managing Director of FlixBus USA

“We’ve pulled together the spookiest cities ranking to give our customers the chance to plan their Halloween with experience at the forefront. We know holidays are often a time for adventure, new experiences, and to give yourself a thrill: at FlixBus, that’s what we’re all about,” said Pierre Gourdain, Managing Director of FlixBus USA. “We’ve ranked a range of exciting destinations along our usual routes to make your planning - and your journey - as smooth yet thrilling as possible this Halloween season.” 

The infographic below lists the Top 10 Spookiest Cities in the US, followed by the full data set of the top 100 cities.
 

Infographic (Top 100 Spookiest Cities in the US)

POSITION CITY STATE HAUNTED PLACES SPOOKY TOURS HALLOWEEN PARADES
1 Gettysburg Pennsylvania 131.23 0.00 13.12
2 Saint Augustine Florida 70.03 49.02 7.00
3 Salem Massachussetts 48.38 19.35 4.84
4 Savannah Georgia 6.15 6.15 0.68
5 Des Moines Iowa 4.60 4.14 0.92
6 Cincinnati Ohio 4.31 3.32 1.33
7 Norfolk Virginia 2.45 4.09 2.04
8 Chesapeake Virginia 1.66 4.58 1.25
9 Jersey City New Jersey 3.69 0.00 3.69
10 Richmond Virginia 5.73 0.44 0.88
11 Charleston South California 5.19 0.00 1.48
12 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 4.63 0.66 0.66
13 New Orleans Louisiana 1.53 3.81 0.25
14 Cleveland Ohio 2.08 2.59 0.78
15 Virginia Beach Virginia 1.55 3.55 0.22
16 Fort Wayne Indiana 4.51 0.75 0.00
17 Anchorage Alaska 3.40 1.36 0.34
18 Toledo Ohio 1.09 2.17 1.81
19 Winston–Salem North Carolina 4.09 0.00 0.82
20 Fremont California 4.26 0.00 0.43
21 Orlando Florida 3.21 1.07 0.36
22 Aurora Colorado 3.00 1.64 0.00
23 Hialeah Florida 4.17 0.42 0.00
24 Riverside California 2.44 1.53 0.31
25 Minneapolis Minnesota 1.89 1.66 0.71
26 Buffalo New York 3.87 0.00 0.39
27 Plano Texas 3.49 0.70 0.00
28 St. Petersburg Florida 3.04 0.38 0.76
29 North Las Vegas Nevada 2.47 0.41 1.23
30 Lexington Kentucky 1.24 1.55 1.24
31 Honolulu Hawaii 2.85 0.86 0.29
32 Saint Paul Minnesota 1.96 1.63 0.33
33 Atlanta Georgia 1.44 2.06 0.41
34 Tampa Florida 2.85 0.78 0.26
35 Portland Oregon 2.62 0.77 0.31
36 Memphis Tennessee 2.91 0.46 0.31
37 Kansas City Missouri 1.43 1.43 0.61
38 Washington Dictrict Columbia 1.59 1.15 0.72
39 Long Beach California 1.92 1.07 0.43
40 Wichita Kansas 2.82 0.26 0.26
41 Arlington Texas 3.03 0.00 0.25
42 Las Vegas Nevada 2.18 0.47 0.62
43 Sacramento California 2.19 0.40 0.60
44 Seattle Washington 2.35 0.41 0.41
45 Madison Wisconsin 1.57 1.18 0.39
46 Anaheim California 2.55 0.28 0.28
47 San Francisco  California  1.92 0.57 0.45
48 St. Louis Missouri 2.59 0.00 0.32
49 Irving Texas 1.25 1.66 0.00
50 Louisville Kentucky 2.74 0.00 0.16
51 Reno Nevada 1.21 0.00 1.61
52 Tucson Arizona 1.87 0.75 0.19
53 Nashville Tennessee 1.35 1.05 0.30
54 Miami Florida 1.29 0.43 0.86
55 Omaha Nebraska 2.14 0.21 0.21
56 Milwaukee Wisconsin 1.51 0.34 0.67
57 Tulsa Oklahoma 1.24 0.25 1.00
58 Baltimore Maryland 1.47 0.65 0.33
59 Lubbock Texas 1.58 0.00 0.79
60 Laredo Texas 1.92 0.38 0.00
61 Jacksonville  Florida 2.02 0.00 0.22
62 Detroit Michigan 1.78 0.15 0.30
63 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 0.78 1.09 0.31
64 Columbus Ohio 1.48 0.23 0.45
65 Corpus Christi Texas 1.23 0.31 0.61
66 Garland Texas 0.84 1.26 0.00
67 Fresno California 1.90 0.00 0.19
68 Boston Massachussetts 0.73 0.88 0.44
69 Glendale Arizona 1.22 0.00 0.81
70 Mesa Arizona 1.01 0.81 0.20
71 Austin  Texas 1.26 0.63 0.11
72 Stockton California 0.32 1.29 0.32
73 Chula Vista California 0.00 0.00 1.85
74 Denver Colorado 0.71 0.57 0.57
75 Charlotte North Carolina 0.93 0.23 0.58
76 San Antonio  Texas 1.32 0.33 0.07
77 Albuquerque New Mexico 0.72 0.18 0.72
78 Indianapolis Indiana 1.04 0.12 0.35
79 San Diego California  0.92 0.42 0.07
80 Houston Texas 0.99 0.26 0.09
81 Colorado Springs Colorado 0.65 0.22 0.43
82 Fort Worth Texas 0.69 0.23 0.34
83 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 0.51 0.51 0.19
84 Raleigh North Carolina 0.43 0.22 0.43
85 Bakersfield California 0.79 0.00 0.26
86 Dallas Texas 0.75 0.22 0.07
87 Greensboro North Carolina 0.34 0.34 0.34
88 El Paso Texas 0.59 0.15 0.29
89 Henderson Nevada 0.33 0.66 0.00
90 Phoenix Arizona 0.80 0.00 0.18
91 Santa Ana California 0.90 0.00 0.00
92 San Jose  California  0.58 0.10 0.19
93 Gilbert Arizona 0.41 0.00 0.41
94 Chicago Illinois 0.48 0.11 0.15
95 Irvine California 0.36 0.00 0.36
96 Oakland California 0.47 0.00 0.24
97 Los Angeles California  0.50 0.13 0.05
98 New York  New York  0.24 0.12 0.12
99 Scottsdale Arizona 0.00 0.00 0.40
100 Chandler Arizona 0.39 0.00 0.00

Methodology

For the Spookiest Cities Ranking, we analyzed the 100 biggest cities in the US in addition to some of the most famous spooky cities, such as Salem and Gettysburg. While 105 cities were analyzed, the final ranking only shows the top 100 cities.

Haunted Places

The first factor used to determine how spooky each city is was the number of ""haunted houses"" in each location. This data was sourced from Google, Google Maps, Yelp and TripAdvisor. 

Spooky Tours

The total number of haunted or spooky tours each city has serves as an additional indicator of how ""haunted"" a city is. This data was sourced from Google, Google Maps, Yelp and TripAdvisor. 

Halloween Parades

Furthermore, the number of Halloween parades in each city were counted and used as a final factor in determining a city’s spookiness. This data was sourced from Google, Google Maps, Yelp and TripAdvisor. 

Ranking

The final ranking is the sum of these three factors, measured per capita, multiplied by 100,000, resulting in the final ranking of "spooky factors" per 100,000 people.