How Safe Is Atlanta for Travel?

Atlanta, United States
Safety Index:
58

Atlanta, the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia, is the beauty of Southern America, connect the New South with the Old.

It somehow manages to maintain a balance between old southern traditions and hip, modern realities.

For example, you can bask in its natural beauties and yet feel like you’re in the center of social, architectural and economic events: the city has as many as three skylines, not to mention the world’s busiest airport.

But it’s not all skyscrapers – Atlanta is filled with cozy neighborhoods, each with a unique atmosphere where you don’t feel like you’re living in a beehive.

In 1996, Atlanta was host to the Centennial Olympic Games and it slowly became the definite leader of the American South.

All in all, it is a perfect city for anyone wishing to isolate themselves and yet remain in the center of events.

Warnings & Dangers in Atlanta

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Atlanta is generally safe, though some neighborhoods are best avoided. A crime that does occur is mainly between members of street gangs or individuals who know each other, and in areas that are of no interest to visitors. Avoid sketchy neighborhoods and take normal precaution measures.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Public transportation is generally safe in Atlanta. It is run by MARTA, and it can attract sketchy individuals late at night, so avoid finding yourself there alone. There have also been reports of violent crimes occurring at stations and on trains. It isn't common enough for you to avoid public transport altogether, but you should remain alert at all times.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

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 public transport or in crowded places.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Atlanta has been known to fall victim to occasional earthquakes, floods, and tornados.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they do exist in Atlanta. Violent street crime does happen but it can be avoided if you avoid dangerous areas of some neighborhoods that even locals rarely dare to walk around.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The city of Atlanta 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 Atlanta, too. Homeless people can be aggressive and use force when you don't want to hand them money. 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

Atlanta is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong. Just act as you would in any other country or your hometown, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Atlanta Really?

Atlanta has a reputation for being unsafe, but it isn’t quite so.

It isn’t as dangerous as it’s often depicted to be, with crime rates at a near forty-year low in 2005.

While violent crime remains at a high level in comparison to other American cities, most of it won’t affect tourists, but those included in the drug trade, street gangs, and the likes.

These are parts of the city that tourists rarely see.

All tourists should take the usual precaution measures, just as they would in any other city or their hometown.

You should, by all means, stay informed on which neighborhoods should be avoided due to heightened criminal activities and avoid those neighborhoods.

For instance, the southwest and southeast areas of Atlanta have reported the most incidents of crime; the triangle within I-285, I-75, and I-20 is a particularly dangerous neighborhood, as well as west of Northside Drive around Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome.

Bear in mind that criminal activities related to cars are very often, like car thefts or car break-ins.

Never leave anything of value in your car.

Apart from these mentioned areas, crime rates are significantly lower.

How Does Atlanta Compare?

CitySafety Index
Atlanta58
Orlando64
Las Vegas62
San Francisco61
Philadelphia60
Manama (Bahrain)54
Tianjin (China)67
Brussels (Belgium)60

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 Atlanta. 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 - Atlanta is a bit cooler than other places in the South of America. Temperatures in winter are generally mild to warm, with occasional extreme instances of snow and cold spells. Summers are hot and humid, while spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
  • Airports - Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, also referred to as Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield is an international airport located 11 km south of Atlanta's central business district, in the U.S. state of Georgia.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Atlanta, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Atlanta Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 6° C
Feb 8° C
Mar 13° C
Apr 16° C
May 21° C
Jun 24° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 17° C
Nov 12° C
Dec 8° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
121419232730323128231813
Low
°C
026914182120171052
High
°F
545766738186908882736455
Low
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323643485764706863504136

Where to Next?

13 Reviews on Atlanta

  1. From someone born and raised here, first off “Atlanta has been known to fall victim to occasional earthquakes” is utter BS. Occasionally there are spring floods due to poor infrastructure in some urban areas and tornadoes aren’t that common.
    Places to go:
    Stone Mtn, pretty safe
    Midtown, generally safe (daytime till 10pm
    Olympic Park, Aquarium safe during the day
    World of Coke, safe during the day
    Botanical Gardens Safe
    LITTLE 5 Points safe during the day
    Lake Lanier safe, just don’t drown
    Anywhere north and east of Ellis St and CNN center to the north and east is generally safe

    Some of the best international food anywhere can be found along Buford Hwy.

    Places to AVOID AT ALL COST
    5 Points day or night
    South of memorial Drive / I-20 to the airport
    ANYWHERE west of Northside Drive to I-285 and South of Atlanta Rd, as well as the area now known as “South Fulton” this are all no-mans land and you’ll be 100% on your own. (It would be news is someone wasn’t shot in those areas on any given night)
    Generally if it looks like a dump, you don’t need to be there.

    Subway is pretty safe cops everywhere, avoid the buses and like all big cities, problems start when the sun goes down.

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      GuardianOfReality says:

      Brian is out of touch

      “….and like all big cities, problems start when the sun goes down.” LOL…Brian…you really need to get out a bit more. There’s plenty of cities in the world (especially in Europe and Asia) where going out at night is not a problem at all…..no matter what neighbourhood you’re visiting. Believe it or not.

      “In every major city you have these kind of problems.” NO YOU DON’T!!! STOP FOOLING YOURSELF!!! You have these kinds of problems in cities like Atlanta….because they suck!!!

      1. Common denominator: Big American cities run by Democrats have the worst crime, and Atlanta, (car jacking capital of the south) is no exception. Brian is pretty much dead on. They’ll never admit it, but one of the reasons the Braves moved to Cobb County was to escape the crime of downtown, where fans were accosted by panhandlers, mugged, robbed, or had their vehicles broken into. Much, much safer where they are now. One thing that doesn’t make the news but happens quite regularly are random drive-bys, where people of all colors are shot, wounded or killed. Totally senseless acts of roving thugs.

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          Steve-O says:

          GET OUT

          Common Denominator-Fox News brainwashes viewers…..And Atlanta is a s* hole compared to West coast democrat run cities. Never had my car stolen or home broken into anywhere but the dirty south of ATL! But you keep on keepin on.

    2. Also born and raised in Atlanta, so how do you not know that we get earthquakes occasionally. Yea not a lot. But it definitely happens. Other than that I mean you’re basically right. Although problems don’t just happen when the sun is down. Anything can happen anytime in Atlanta. It’s best to just know where you are at all times. Atlanta is mostly safe.

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    allyfoxx says:

    Is Atlanta safe?

    Atlanta PD does not respond to 911 calls.

    Bad guys are well aware of this.

    Hope that answers your question.

  3. Traffic/dump

    Crime has permeated areas north of 285, Lenox is a swamp.Buckhead is dismal.
    No recent to visit this dump

    NOT a FOX WATCHER
    NATIVE OF THIS DEBACLE

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    Anonymous says:

    My 3 daughters and I went. Stayed right in centennial Park area. Walked all around at night. Never felt unsafe. No issues at the stadium, park, Coco Cola, the zoo and up the hill away from the park at the Westin area! Lots of police presence. Loved downtown!

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    Peter Storkos says:

    Avoid Atlanta

    Idk who wrote this review, but I’ve lived in Atlanta for 13 years, only for work. I can’t wait to move out, and I’m starting to look now. Crime is insane, my wife and daughters won’t go shopping alone anymore, same as about everyone we know. If you’re white, you’re going to be harassed constantly by people that think you’re not from here

  6. Plenty to see although it can be dangerous in certain areas

    Unfortunately, from what I can tell (and I may be wrong here), things in Atlanta are not going well. Crime is on the rise and while there are still plenty of areas where things are safe during the day, there’s still a sense of fear in the air. I hate to have to be extra careful, especially in the daytime, when things should be safe. At night, I wouldn’t go out in most areas as there are a lot of shady characters about. If you need to go out make sure you don’t go alone, as much as possible.

    Like others have previously said, this place can be quite dangerous at times. The Police don’t seem to have a handle on things. There probably needs to be more policemen on the street so people would feel safer. But, enough of the bad things. Let’s also talk a bit about the good things and nice spots to visit and there are plenty of those in Atlanta. If you focus on visiting these spots and go out in the daytime, this city isn’t bad at all.

    Here are just a few things I have visited in Atlanta:
    -Georgia Aquarium: very interesting interactive activities you can do with kids, plenty of marine life to see and they also have whale sharks which kids will probably love.
    -World of Coca-Cola: here you can learn about the history of Coca-Cola and it’s a very cool one. There’s also the Scent Discovery exhibit where you can get a chance to smell different things (it’s pretty awesome).
    -High Museum of Art: has amazing collections from the Renaissance to present day.
    -Center for Puppetry Arts: if you thought you knew everything about puppets then think again. This place is a goldmine for anyone remotely interested in this. And even if you’re not, still take the time to visit it.
    -Stone Mountain Park: get on the 1940s locomotive for a 5 mile circuit and see the park or go on the endurance courses of suspended rope walks and bridges through the treetops. There’s also a petting farm where smaller children will feel great.

    All in all, there’s plenty to see in Atlanta and if you are a bit careful you’ll avoid the bad stuff.

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    Atlantian says:

    I'M OVER THE BS!

    Most of the crime is mostly done by the residents that moved here and made it home. Trust and believe we wish most of these people that brought their city behaviors here need to leave and return home. This is crazy….no home training.

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    dfghui87ytfd says:

    I live in atl for 15 yrs and haven’t seen any crime

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    Anonymous says:

    Atlanta-stan: crime mecca

    I got mugged on my street while walking the dog by 8 black youth probably in a gang. Violent crime in Atlanta as of 5/22 is out of control and has effected every area of the city. Nowhere is safe. Shoot outs at malls, schools, 5 star hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and even on the highways. Our black city leaders have played the crime down, focusing on “police justice” and defunding the police as violent crime has skyrocketed in the city. So much so Buckhead wants to breakaway from the city I don’t see the crime problem getting better but getting much worse. After 30 years of living in Atlanta I’m getting out of here.

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