United States : Safety by City
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 : 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 : LOW
Means of transportation vary from city to city, from area to area, but are generally numerous, and highly reliable and safe.
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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.
- 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.