Black Friday shopping by state

Black ‘Eye’ Friday: which state is most likely to see consumer chaos this Black Friday?

Black Friday is fast approaching and although a lot of people choose to shop at home these days, thousands of people will still queue up to get their hands on a one-off ‘doorbuster’ deal.

Unfortunately, the rush to grab those great deals has led to chaotic scenes in the past few years; people arguing over TVs, crowds of people rushing through doors and even the occasional fight.

To help you avoid chaos this Black Friday, we compared Black Friday related searches on Google with FBI arrest data for crimes such as property damage and disorderly conduct in each state.

We then adjusted this data to account for each state’s population size to determine which state is most likely to see trouble this Black Friday… and which state’s shoppers will be able to browse in peace!

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Topping our chaos index is Wyoming with a score of 29.94, with Illinois in second with a 21.64. Arizona is third with 19.50 and Mississippi and Kansas round out the top five with 9.43 and 8.16 respectively.

Montana is likely to be the most peaceful state this Black Friday with a score of just 3.38. Connecticut is the second most peaceful with 3.89 while New Jersey is third with 3.90.

How peaceful will your state be this Black Friday? Check out the full list of states and scores below. And if you’re going out this Black Friday, remember to stay calm and stay safe – or just shop online!

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RankingStateScore
1Wyoming29.94
2Illinois21.64
3Arizona19.50
4Mississippi9.43
5Kansas8.16
6North Carolina7.48
7Indiana7.09
8West Virginia7.03
9New York6.62
10Vermont6.59
11Georgia6.51
12Alabama6.23
13Ohio5.93
14Minnesota5.44
15Nebraska5.39
16Iowa5.29
17North Dakota5.22
18Missouri5.22
19Kentucky5.20
20South Dakota5.19
21Arkansas5.17
22Tennessee5.10
23New Mexico5.05
24Texas4.91
25Louisiana4.89
26Michigan4.87
27Delaware4.75
28Utah4.62
29Idaho4.61
30Wisconsin4.53
31Rhode Island4.47
32Maryland4.44
33Virginia4.39
34Oklahoma4.39
35South Carolina4.38
36Florida4.30
37New Hampshire4.28
38California4.21
39Colorado4.18
40Pennslyvania4.14
41Maine4.11
42Washington4.06
43Alaska4.06
44Nevada4.04
45Hawaii4.03
46Oregon3.98
47Massachusetts3.98
48New Jersey3.90
49Connecticut3.89
50Montana3.38