How Safe Is United States for Travel?

United States
Safety Index:
68

The United States of America are probably the most popular destination and the best known country in the world.

Its multiple appeal for tourists is clear: the city that never sleeps, New York, the feeling of freedom and possibilities, its world known natural parks, the famous landmarks seen so many times in movies, the city of angels with its Hollywood heart, the virtues of this promised country are so numerous and so widely known that there is no need to list them all.

While it is generally a safe country for tourists, since it is so large, there are definitely parts of this country, and parts of particular cities that are best avoided, and that most locals never venture into.

However, generally speaking, if you follow common sense and apply basic precaution measures, you should have no problems.

United States is also home to a lot of education institutions, it’s a common place for students to study abroad for various careers, and they even have free training in cities like New York.

Warnings & Dangers in United States

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

The US is a very safe country to travel to. Tourists are unlikely to experience any incidents or inconveniences. What contributes to the general feeling of insecurity in this country are the mass shootings and isolated terrorist attacks, but they are highly unlikely to occur at a place frequented by tourists.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Means of transportation vary from city to city, from area to area, but are generally numerous, and highly reliable and safe.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

There are almost no pickpockets in the US, and the rate of petty crime is on a major decline for the past couple of years. Still, it is wise to watch your belongings while on a public transport or in crowded places.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Occasional natural threats exist in some areas of the USA, and they are usually typical for the areas where they occur, for example: earthquakes are a threat for the west coast, the hurricanes for coastal states and wildfires for some regions with extremely high temperatures during summer.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they are very low in the US. Violent street crime is not a common occurrence but only if you avoid dangerous areas of some cities that even locals rarely dare to walk around.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Excluding isolated mass shootings, the US hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in the US, too. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

The United States of America are very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is United States Really?

The US is a safe country to visit. Of course, since it is so large, it’s expected that there are some parts of it that are very unsafe for tourists, but even the risks that are listed here, are highly unlikely to happen.

This country is infamous for gun usage and the selling of guns, but the truth is that most violent crimes that do occur in the US, occur in suburbs or urban areas of some cities. It is by no means as widespread throughout the entire country as the media would have us believe.

Even though there are minor chances that, as a tourist, you might experience petty theft incidents, it is highly unlikely because petty theft crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching have been on a decline for the past couple of years.

Violent crime rates are also pretty low, so you should feel mostly safe in all bigger cities of this gigantic country, especially due to the fact that, since 9/11, most touristic landmarks have been severely backed up by police presence, so big cities that are frequented by tourists are basically the safest places you can find yourself in.

In fact, you may even get frisked and searched near the touristic landmarks.

However, mass shootings are an issue that the US has been dealing with for a long time, and even to this day: there have been over 372 mass shootings in the US, in 2015 solely.

Even though they mostly occur in the neighborhoods and towns that are unknown to most tourists, this fact contributes to the overall feeling of being mildly unsafe in this country.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in America. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - The most attractive cities for tourists can be visited all year round, with New York being gorgeous both during summer and winter when it's extremely cold there. However, the climate varies from city to city, from Mediterranean climate in Los Angeles, to subarctic oceanic climate in Alaska, so depending on the country you are visiting you should get informed about the best time to visit.
  • Airports - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airport located 7 miles south of Atlanta's central business district, in the US state of Georgia is the busiest airport in the world. Los Angeles International Airport is the second busiest airport in the US.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to the US, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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United States Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Feb 3° C
Mar 8° C
Apr 13° C
May 19° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 21° C
Oct 15° C
Nov 9° C
Dec 4° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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14 Reviews on United States

  1. K
    Kabo Kabo says:

    Real opinion from someone who is not American but who have lived and travelled to the USA

    Ok… pickpockets risk : low? !!!!!!!!! Women travelers risks: low?!!!!!! LOOOOOOL…. the person who wrote this article is delusional or American, or probably both!!!!!
    The USA is one of the most dangerous country you could end up in! I like this country, but let’s keep it real… you do not watch the News!!!!! The everyday criminality level is high ( check the official numbers…)

    1. said mass shootings are highly unlikely at places frequented by tourists, guess las vegas doesn’t count

  2. As an Natural Born American citizen, who has lived here all his life, I must say the person who wrote this article is delusional and very much “Candy Coating” the truth. America is full of street crimes especially in the major cities where most foreign tourists travel. Lots of muggings, purse snatching, pick pockets, and yes even car jackings. People get ruffied and drugged in bars and later robbed and/or raped. Many small theft is committed by junkies looking for quick cash to get a quick fix and then on to the next victim. I am not saying that everyone will get targeted but lets be real. Everyone, especially unaware tourists, are a target. I would say tourists are more of a public target than an American as Americans are more alert because we are more aware of the tactics American criminals use. I would rate the safety in major cities as moderately high and urban areas low to moderate. I am no expert I am just speaking from personal opinion based on my knowledge of local and national crime statistics and news.

  3. T
    Tokogeru says:

    Small City America

    (English not superior very sorry)
    America great place for visit long time. Big cities noisy and smelly, small cities calm and inviting. I forgot card on bus stranger hand it to me. Good place.

  4. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 America safe really give me a break

    1. lived here my whole life never had any crimes happen to me so give me a break about your uneducated response.

  5. AS an American I can assure you that the USA is safe. The people are kind hearted and welcoming. Its is pricey, so be prepared to spend at least 150 dollars per night for an average hotel.

  6. A
    Anonymous says:

    America Is Beautiful and Safe

    Wonderful country with amazing people. Very safe for visitors with lots of fun things to do and beautiful places to see.

  7. A
    Anonymous says:

    American and a Woman with kids...

    I am An American and a Woman and I have to say that as both I can not agree that it is safe even in tourist areas. With my kids and a female friend and her two kids someone attempted to mug us on the strip in Las Vegas…a common tourist place. Crime in a lot of tourist places unless you are talking things like the actual resort but outside the place there is crime. Museums, they are safe but many are in downtown areas that are not great and you will be robbed, have your car broken into and the such. Once in the place you are safe. Many outside places are safe like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park.

    LA? Nope

    New York? Nope

    Don’t be fooled by the nonsense. People love to take advantage of tourist and will do so.

  8. J
    Julius Cesar says:

    I have mixed feelings about the USA, but it does have some amazing destinations

    As a Canadian, (I am not going to address politics) I am going to try to not be to bias against the USA, but when you watch the news, you can see that it can be a pretty sketchy place sometimes, and it is definitely a risk to take.
    However, with that being said there are lots of incredible places to visit, all over the country, and it is definitely a good place for a vacation.

    1. yeah the news says the same about Canadians being all drugged out in the streets

  9. Dont Base off the news reports.

    If you go to a small town like mine you will likely never run into any crime at all. If you travel to a larger city , it maybe different in different areas of the city. Around the main business centers are normally the safest. I would feel safe to walk across my town in any place at any time day or night.

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    Anonymous says:

    Don’t trust the media: it’s perfectly safe.

    The small towns and parks are perfectly safe to visit, and honestly I feel just as safe walking down the street in my hometown in NC at midnight as I do here in Japan, where I currently live. Plenty of us are those dreaded gun-owners you always hear about, and yet nothing tends to happen in our rural communities.

    Most violent crime in the US occurs in very specific areas that most tourists don’t even know how to find. In general, my feeling of safety in the central area of most US cities has been just about the same as anywhere else in the developed world. Be smart about things and don’t fall for scams and you’ll probably be fine. Even in infamous New Orleans, I never felt threatened or in danger. A general rule of thumb many of us have discussed is that if you aren’t involved in crime, you’re unlikely to be a victim of it.

    The mass shooting statistic is also kind of generalized; the majority of these involve a few people and typically occur in the aforementioned places that have gang warfare, meaning that many (but not all, of course) victims are already involved in those circumstances to start. I’ve done my own research on the subject, and if you discount gang warfare (don’t get me wrong, it’s a horrible problem that we need to address as a nation), the rate of terrorist attacks/mass murders is almost on par with many other developed countries. Even the murder rate drops substantially when you take these factors into account; what this essentially means is that you, as an ordinary person uninvolved in any major crime (no, smoking weed doesn’t count), have a negligibly low chance of being the victim of a crime.

    I’m an avid world traveler, and every person I’ve met who has been to the US has only had positive things to say, explaining that the US really defied their expectations and was much more safe than the media had them believe. I think the same applies to lots of other places in the world too.

    Or you can listen to the grammatically poor “AMERICA BAD!!!” reviews with a thousand exclamation points and no valid explanation as to why.

  11. A New Yorker’s Opinion

    Pickpocketing and petty theft crimes do happen in New York. Watch your belongings in high tourist areas like Times Square. Avoid leaving personal items on restaurant tables because they can be stolen when you’re not looking. Take yellow or green metered NYC taxis or use share riding services like Uber. Do not hail a black cab because they are more likely to ripe you off. Don’t get suckered into buying counterfeit luxury items from Chinatown. Avoid the NYCHA public housing projects located throughout the city; especially when the sun goes down. These tend to be high crime areas. Do not stare at people on public transportation and mind your own business. New Yorkers are a friendly bunch. We will help anyone in need of assistance but please don’t get in our way when we have somewhere to go.

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