How Safe Is Doylestown for Travel?

Updated On February 6, 2024
Doylestown, United States
Safety Index:
78
* Based on Research & Crime Data

Perched on the rolling countryside of southeastern Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, about an hour’s drive from Philadelphia, the historic borough of Doylestown surprises visitors with its charming sophistication, culture, and natural beauty.

Originally inhabited by the Lenape people, German and English settlers later established a village by the 1750s centered around a key crossroads trade route and grew into a hub for industry, governance, arts, and innovation.

Quakers and intellectuals fostered abolitionist sentiment and supported forming Bucks County itself.

Doylestown became the county seat in 1813.

Handsome Victorian buildings now line Main Street, forming one of the best-preserved country towns of its kind today.

That, along with world-class museums like the iconic concrete castle Fonthill and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, showcase both the artistry and innovation this place has long inspired.

Beyond downtown, covered bridges dot tree-lined back roads, passing bucolic horse farms and rolling fields of peace.

Lake Galena offers a place for streamside hikes or casting for trout.

Come evening, relax at Pebbles, one of the area’s storied jazz joints and event spaces.

Less discovered than other nearby destinations, Doylestown reveals its layers slowly to those who wander through it, finding that small-town warmth and a creative culture still very much thrive here today.

Most of the communities in Bucks County mimic this fairy-tale-like experience, and it’s a wonderful spot for those looking to get away from the hustle of busy life and just slow down to savor the moment.

Warnings & Dangers in Doylestown

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

Doylestown has a low-risk and chill vibe. You'll be amazed at how low the crime rates are while being impressed with stunning sights.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

Doylestown uses the DART system to provide public transportation for the town, New Britain, and Chalfont. Taxis and rideshares are easy to find. I'd recommend a rental car so you can explore at your own pace.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

With seven pickpockets or purse snatchings over the past five years, the risk is low. However, don't create a crime of opportunity by leaving your purse unattended or leaving your shopping bags on the ground while you talk.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW

Doylestown faces typical Northeast US weather risks: Winter chills & potential blizzards. Flash floods from strong storms, especially in summer. Gusty winds can cause power outages. Hot days in July & August, with humidity contributing to discomfort. Pollen allergies peak in spring and fall. The risk is low, but stay informed of the weather in case a big storm is brewing.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

Both the township and borough have around 1–2 robberies a year. The risk is low. It's a place you can feel safe walking around at night but stick to well-lit areas.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

The risk here is low in this quaint community, but being this close to Philadelphia, it helps to stay aware of any suspicious activity and report it immediately.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: LOW

If you do a quick Google News search for "Doylestown scams," you'll see the most recent reports of scams. Most focus on residents, but a few could impact tourists if you aren't aware. The risk is low, but keep it that way by staying informed.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

As someone who visited here for a work trip with two female colleagues, I can tell you it's a safe place for women. Even when walking around alone, I never felt any hint of fear. Of course, standard safety precautions always apply.

Tap Water Risk

TAP WATER RISK: LOW

The 2022 Water Quality Report shows two violations, but those were related to the reporting of data, not water safety. In the end, all standards were met or exceeded.

Safest Places to Visit in Doylestown

This is one of those communities where you just want to drive around and soak in the homes, tree-lined streets, and rolling hills – and it’s totally safe to do so.

You don’t need to worry about bad neighborhoods here – just stay off private property, and if there’s a gated community, don’t sneak past the gates to look around.

Depending on where you are from, the streets might feel very narrow here, especially in residential areas.

The streets also wind around, meaning you can’t always see around the curve or past the cars parked on the street.

It’s important you stick to the speed limits, especially in residential areas where kids might be playing.

Places to Avoid in Doylestown

This is one of those communities where you just want to drive around and soak in the homes, tree-lined streets, and rolling hills – and it’s totally safe to do so.

You don’t need to worry about bad neighborhoods here – just stay off private property, and if there’s a gated community, don’t sneak past the gates to look around.

Depending on where you are from, the streets might feel very narrow here, especially in residential areas.

The streets also wind around, meaning you can’t always see around the curve or past the cars parked on the street.

It’s important you stick to the speed limits, especially in residential areas where kids might be playing.

Safety Tips for Traveling to Doylestown

  1. Doylestown Township is served by its own police department, which you can follow on Facebook @Doylestownpapolice. The number is (215) 348-4201 if you have additional questions.
  2. For Doylestown Borough and two other communities, the Central Bucks Regional Police Department is the law enforcement. I can’t find a social media page for them, but it looks like the Doylestown Borough Facebook page includes police updates.
  3. Sign up for emergency alerts through ReadyBucks, which can be accessed through the Bucks County website. You’ll get public safety, severe weather, or hazardous alerts to your phone through text messages, email, or phone calls.
  4. Use the Crime Watch crime mapping technology from either department’s website to search for the most recent crime activity. You can set a time span, type of crime, and location to get an interactive map of all incidents.
  5. Because the weather is so temperamental here, it puts wear and tear on the roads, which causes potholes. If you come across a pothole, report it by calling (215) 348-9915, so it can be fixed ASAP. If you are on a state road, call PennDOT at 1-800-349-7623.
  6. Most of the parking in Doylestown is free, but always check the time limit for your chosen spots. Some places are just meant for 15-minute stops to pick up food. A handful of garages are available with rates at $1/hour.
  7. If you plan on fishing while you’re in Pennsylvania, the state Boat & Fish Commission requires all anglers to carry a fishing license with them. You can purchase a license for a day, week, or year. That can be paid for online or at a local vendor.
  8. About four deer a week are hit by a vehicle, on average, in Bucks County. On top of that, Pennsylvania is the state with the highest number of deer vs. vehicle accidents. In the past five years, 60 people have died in these accidents. Please stick to the speed limit and keep an eye out for deer. If you see one on the side of the road, slow down – they can quickly jump in front of a car.
  9. Use 511 PA to check road conditions around Bucks County and the Philadelphia area. The system gives real-time traffic updates, weather conditions, construction news, and live cameras along the way.
  10. Ticks live in wooded areas and can carry diseases. They wait at the end of leaves to attach to a human or animal that walks by. Always check your body (yes, everywhere) after a hike or outdoor activity for a tick attachment. They like to nestle in delicate areas like the groin or armpit. Remove them immediately if you see one.

So... How Safe Is Doylestown Really?

Doylestown borough and township are extremely safe, almost so much so that I don’t want to elaborate to give you a false sense of safety – if that makes sense.

Between Doylestown Township police and the Central Bucks Police Department, violent crimes are around 75-80% lower than the national and state averages.

Each department sees about an average of 10 violent crimes a year going back through the past decade.

When other communities saw crime surge, Doylestown stayed on average.

In fact, it’s the communities like Doylestown that make Pennsylvania have an average violent crime rate that is 30% lower than the national average.

Thefts are around 85% lower than the national average, but still it’s car break-ins accounting for almost 30% of all thefts.

Simply locking your car and removing personal items lowers that risk immediately.

This is an affluent community, with an average income of around $110,000 across the board.

A few home burglaries would set off the engaged community to demand change.

How Does Doylestown Compare?

CitySafety Index
Doylestown78
Philadelphia60
Houston59
Atlanta58
St. Louis58
Los Angeles56
Oakland57
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

U.S. entry for international visitors: Visa/waiver needed (check if eligible) + valid passport for at least 6 months. Start your visa application on the U.S. State Department website.

Currency

Currency

Going Stateside? Bring USD currency! Home bank exchange rates can't be beat. Check ATM compatibility. Credit cards: convenience and theft protection, but check for foreign transaction fees. The Philadelphia airport does have a currency exchange in the terminal.

Weather

Weather

I can say from experience that this place is magical in the fall. The air is crisp, and the leaves are stunning. Bring a jacket for cool evenings. Winters will be cold and snowy. Plan for spring to be volatile, with mild temperatures one day and winter the next. Bring players to be more flexible with attire. You'll want comfortable walking shoes throughout the year to enjoy all these beautiful main streets!

Airports

Airports

Philadelphia International Airport is just an hour away, making it an easy-to-access and large airport nearby.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Unforeseen events happen (even in the U.S.). Travel insurance shields you from emergencies, severe weather, and car breakdowns. Double-check U.S. health coverage for extra peace of mind.

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Doylestown Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -1° C
Feb 1° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 11° C
May 17° C
Jun 22° C
Jul 24° C
Aug 24° C
Sep 20° C
Oct 13° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 2° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
351017222730292518126
Low
°C
-5-415111618181472-2
High
°F
374150637281868477645443
Low
°F
232534415261646457453628

Pennsylvania - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Allentown78
Altoona82
Bethlehem80
Doylestown78
Erie62
Gettysburg83
Harrisburg54
Hershey82
Kennett Square84
Philadelphia60
Pittsburgh63
Pittston74
Reading58
Scranton66
Stroudsburg82
Uniontown59

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