How Safe Is Charlotte for Travel?

Charlotte, United States
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Charlotte is a large and yet still rapidly growing city, located in the southern part of central North Carolina.

Charlotte is a great city to live in and the best way to describe it is that you get everything a big city has to offer with a small-town feel.

Not recognized as a brewery town, Charlotte has slowly grown into a brewery Mecca.

One could spend a month going to a brewery a day and not get through them all before another opens up.

The people of Charlotte are very friendly and homey and if you’re looking for somewhere to raise a family and keep your values then this is the place for you.

Warnings & Dangers in Charlotte

Overall Risk


Even though it's said that crime rates are low in Charlotte, you should still be very careful around mentioned neighborhoods. Avoid sketchy areas and walking around unknown places after dark and take normal precaution measures.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transport is very reliable in Charlotte, buses operate regularly and so do taxis, but you should still be careful on public transport because pickpockets are active there.

Pickpockets Risk


The pickpockets aren't that common in Charlotte, except on the public transportation, metro, bus and railway stations. Petty crime exists and the biggest worry is auto theft/break-in. Lock your bikes and your vehicles.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for natural disasters, Charlotte has been known to fall victim to occasional floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and windstorms.

Mugging Risk


Violent street crime is not too common of an occurrence if you avoid dangerous areas of Charlotte that even locals rarely dare to walk around.

Terrorism Risk


The city of Charlotte 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


Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in Charlotte, 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


Charlotte 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 Charlotte Really?

Although Charlotte is relatively safe to visit, there are still areas that are best avoided, like in most cities in America.

Never leave any valuables inside of a car.

The traffic is a little scary sometimes, but not by Atlanta standards.

Some areas are known for criminal activities, narcotics, and prostitution, so tourists are strongly recommended to stay in places far from them.

Stations are often unsupervised, so be vigilant while on the trains as homeless and panhandlers are common, and there are pickpockets everywhere.

That being said there are a lot of accidents that occur and hits and runs are becoming a real problem in certain areas of the city.

Long-time residents claim that the city has gotten worse over the last twenty years because of traffic problems.

A lot of people have decided to move outside of the city and commute due to some of the crime that has been escalating.

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.

How Does Charlotte Compare?

CitySafety Index
St Louis58
Los Angeles56
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73

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, contact your nearest US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Charlotte. 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 climate in Charlotte is warm and temperate, characterized by summers that are hot and muggy and very cold winters. Charlotte is a city with a significant rainfall.
  • Airports - Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a civil-military airport in Charlotte. It was the 7th busiest airport in the world ranked by aircraft movements.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Charlotte, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Charlotte Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 6° C
Mar 11° C
Apr 16° C
May 20° C
Jun 25° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 16° C
Nov 11° C
Dec 6° C
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2 Reviews on Charlotte

  1. A
    Anonymous says:

    100% Safe

    I am not the one to defend my hometown, because I don’t live here anymore and do not want to. But Charlotte is extremely safe. To say the crime index is 56 and has “medium risk” is completely beyond my understanding. If you come here, you will be safe. Period. Obviously avoid bad neighborhoods and sketchy places at night, just like every other city. But you will be 100% safe. Enjoy your travels and have fun!

    Comment posted on 1/22/2022

  2. So many breweries...

    “you get everything a big city has to offer with a small-town feel.” – I couldn’t agree more with this statement. I was here for a week and this is exactly how I felt. I haven’t see any place like it. You know you’re in a big city with everything that comes with it. And still it’s like you’re in a small town at the same time. And so many breweries. So many.

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