How Safe Is Houston for Travel?

Houston, United States
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Probably the most diverse and multicultural city of Texas, Houston is also the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States.

It is a boiling pot of cultures and populations, like Latino, African American, and Asian American nationalities.

For those wishing to elevate themselves culturally, there’s the eclectic museum and arts scene, for those in need of new stuff there are plenty of vibrant shopping opportunities, and slowly but surely, Houston has become a burgeoning destination for food lovers, too.

If you want to visit as many tourist attractions in Houston as you possibly can, your best bet is getting a Houston CityPASS, which enables you to visit 6 Houston attractions within 9 days of first use for a significantly reduced rate.

And here’s what you’ll see: the Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo.

Along with it goes Option Ticket One where you can choose either Museum of Fine Arts or The Children’s Museum of Houston and Option Ticket Two where you can choose either George Ranch Historical Park or The Health Museum.

Warnings & Dangers in Houston

Overall Risk


Overall, Houston is a safe city, where much of criminal activities occur in sketchy neighborhoods and areas that are of no interest to visitors. However, remain vigilant around tourist landmarks, since pickpockets are an issue, and keep an eye out for suspicious activities wherever you go.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and other forms of transportation are known to be very safe and reliable in Houston, as opposed to many other major cities in America. Still, avoid bus, metro and railway stations at night if you're unaccompanied.

Pickpockets Risk


The most common types of petty crime are pick-pocketing, purse-snatching, vehicle theft, and vehicle break-ins. However, applying common-sense precautions such as not leaving valuables in visible spots in parked cars, holding your purses tightly and being wise when carrying them, keeping wallets in front pockets, and being alert to one's surroundings should be enough to prevent these incidents. Theft from motor vehicles is also a possibility.

Natural Disasters Risk


The main natural threat in Houston is the risk of a hurricane happening, which would then cause further damage like major flooding. There have also been occurrences of catastrophic hail and earthquakes.

Mugging Risk


When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they are very low in Houston. 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


Houston 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 happen regularly in Houston. They vary from someone trying to divert you so that their partner can steal your wallet, bag or cell phone to various street tricks by professional scammers who want to extort money from you. It is recommended for tourists to maintain maximum awareness if approached by strangers for any reason.

Women Travelers Risk


The city of Houston is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, like poorly lit streets and deserted areas and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Houston Really?

Crime rates in Houston are high, and the city has a bad reputation, not only in Texas but in general, as a rather unsafe U.S. city.

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.

By all means, keep your belongings out of sight in parked vehicles since criminal activities related to cars are very often, like car thefts or car break-ins.

Never leave anything of value in your car.

Like in every major American city, some areas are best avoided.

In Houston, these areas are Third Ward neighborhood near the University of Houston and Sunnyside south of Downtown Houston.

Mentioned areas are infamous for having a very high crime rate.

Many violent crimes have occurred precisely in these neighborhoods.

The Southwest side of Houston is known for gang-related crime, so it is best to steer clear from it especially at night.

If you’re in a situation where a hurricane is in the forecast, stay informed and listen to the authorities when it comes to evacuation.

Hurricanes in Houston can cause substantial material damage and flooding, like the last one, Hurricane Harvey, that hit Houston on August 26th, 2017.

How Does Houston Compare?

CitySafety Index
Las Vegas62
San Francisco61
Brussels (Belgium)60
Shanghai (China)66
Belize City (Belize)37

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 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 Houston. 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 - Houston's climate has been known to vary significantly from very hot summer to a mild winter. Summers can be very wet which can make those summer temperatures feel scorching hot. The humidity isn't reserved only for summers - Houston has a fairly large amount of rainy (and cloudy) days throughout the year. The period between October and April is probably the best time to visit if you want to avoid heat.
  • Airports - George Bush Intercontinental Airport is an international airport in Houston, Texas, United States, serving the Greater Houston metropolitan area. It is located about 37 km north of Downtown Houston.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Houston, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Houston Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 12° C
Feb 14° C
Mar 17° C
Apr 21° C
May 24° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 22° C
Nov 17° C
Dec 13° C
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22 Reviews on Houston

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    unknown says:

    who ever created this article about houston is Dumb and that person doesnt know anything about Houston at all.

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      Anonymous says:

      I was thinking the same thing

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      Terrance. Flack. natural texan says:

      But who everdid probably posted the same thing for other places. Lol

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    R.A.Cortez.. says:


    I think it was pretty close..the article, I’ve been here all my life born 1949,..never, ever felt an earthquake, that was a little out there,..but all and all the article was ok,..oh..all the streets around Houston are always being worked on and the drive around Houston isn’t fun..freeways…

    1. The earthquake they were referring to must have been them driving down the roads of southwest houston.

  3. Way hotter then It says.what Happend to the Sourthern Hospitality.

    1. No earthquake have ever happens in Houston

      plz Tell me that you don’t think that’s 29*c

  4. Idiocy

    Whoever wrote this article is an imbecile. Areas that locals don’t visit? If people live there and there are things to do who would be the people who avoid these areas? This article is hinged with racism and a white bread worldview. It doesn’t even cover hobby airport which is a major international hub. 👎🏽
    Houston is the most diverse city in the country and they were things to do all over the city. The things that are mentioned here are purely pedestrian

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      GNamdets says:

      Spot On!

      Agree, agree, agree!!!

  5. Ignore 60% of this

    Who wrote this? 😂 houston is the 4th largest city in the US & diverse. This article ja written for ppl who don’t get out often.

  6. Article of LIES!

    I moved to Houston from Northern California 18 years ago. I have traveled and lived all over the world because of my job. I LUV HOUSTON! I live on the Southwest side, Sugarland! But work all over the city including in the so call bad areas. I have never felt unsave. I walk downtown by my self during Astros and Texans games and people are so friendly. Yes it has some bad spots but for the 4th largest city in this country crime is low!

    Ignore this article…VISIT HOUSTON! LOTS OF THINGS TO DO!

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      GNamdets says:

      I moved here from Northern California 3 years ago and absolutely agree with you. I live just a bit NE of Houston and thoroughly enjoy all of my trips downtown. People need to be aware, and use common sense, anywhere they visit… be it their own neighborhood or in another country.

  7. Racists

    Whoever wrote this is the reason why all these people come here and treat houstonians like crap in their own city. Do not come here you are the problem, mean hateful wanna be entitled racists.

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    Sherry Wallis says:

    come on and have fun

    I think the person who wrote this review has never been here, much less lived in Houston. I’d be interested in knowing when we had an earthquake. I’ve been all over this city at all times of day and night–I’ll admit, mostly driving–and I’ve never felt unsafe or threatened. Our winters are usually very mild. I expect people from areas where it snows heavily would think the weather balmy. In the spring, especially around April 15 and the end of May, we often have very heavy rains (think monsoon). The best advice anyone could give you about this is, stay inside and off the roads, and don’t stay at a B&B on the banks of a river or bayou. And don’t drive into any water standing on the road unless you absolutely know how deep it is. Summers are very humid and hot, so people tend to stay inside. If you want to explore the city, you can wander through the tunnel system underground, which is cool and full of places to eat and shop. Then go to your air conditioned hotel, which is probably also on the tunnel. Good idea to layer your clothing inside, since some places can be very chilly. There’s a ton of stuff to do here–all sorts of entertainment venues, and a lot of free stuff to enjoy. And visitors are very welcome.

  9. Corrections

    Who made up Houston? Uhhhh, lets start.

    -Sex Trafficking is extremely high here, so for girls/woman its a High risk-duh.
    -Been here for 39 years, never have I heard of an earthquake.
    -NEVER have I heard of pickpocketting and Houston doesn’t have high crime.
    -I have lived through 4 bad hurricanes. Two were devastating.
    -Weather is extremely hot and always humid. Very short winter with very limited “freezing days”, and it has “lightly” snowed only 3 times in my entire life here.
    -Oil and Gas Jobs galore!
    -Retail is huge here.

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      GNamdets says:

      I guess you need to update this since our recent (02/2021) snowpocolypse, lol!!

  10. No earthquake have ever happens in Houston

    no earthquake ever has happened in Houston before

  11. Fairly accurate

    While true there are bad areas here like most large cities, you know when you are there as they are run down. Anything “ward” use caution, even though they have great restaurants and diversity. Houston has a large, vibrant asian town (Bellaire), an Indian/Pakistan district (Ghandi district) a Hispanic area (Passadena, right next to a Houston) and just about everything in the middle (Westheimer). I seriously have met more educated and/or hard working people from just about everywhere here than the East and West a Coast, and they are not usually snobby like those other areas. There is an excellent Museum district, medical district and every kind of ethnic/art/ cultural fest you can imagine. Rodeo, Japan Fest, Polish fest just to name a few.I lived in California and Mass and have been to every state. Every state has pros and cons, but I love Houston. What we don’t have in seasons or scenery, we have in just about everything else. Conservatives, progressives and everything In the middle are attracted to jobs, freedom and opportunities of this great city.

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    Single Educated & Gainfully Employed Female says:

    Very, Very SAFE!

    Very safe. Very interesting. Very many attractions. Very many things to do.
    Very comfortable. Very affordable. Very diversed. Very much into all sports. Very well known for barbecue. Very southern comfort. Very FUN!

    5 Stars for H-Towm
    1 Star for this misleading article

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    Anonymous says:

    D , pack a pistol and dont worry about it dont act scared and put a punk in its place and enjoy youself the Texas way i love Texas im going to Houston today

    It’s just very crowded and traffic is very bad is worse I can say. Any big city or anywhere there are good and b

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    Momma C says:

    I am 90 years old was born an raised in Cleveland Ohio moved to Houston when I was 21 an have lived here for over 55 years but have traveled an been in every state in the good old USA also bees to 5 -6 other countries but there is no place better than wonderful Houston Texas it is a safe place but like all large cities has areas that you don’t an should not go to. We have 12 children an 47 grand children an we all LOVE HOUSTON TEXAS There is soooo much to see an do in Houston so Come on over an have fun but always know where you are going!

  15. Houston is one of the best cities to visit (or live in) in the US

    Houston is not as unsafe as the article portrays it to be. 59 on the Safety Index? I don’t think so. Move it closer to 74 and we’re talking. Like others have already mentioned in the comments, considering this is the 4th largest city in the US, its crime stats are low. Of course there are pickpockets, thieves and murders. This is the case for every major city and for smaller ones even. But all things considered, Houston seems to be doing a better job at keeping its people safe. Plus the people here are generally nice or very nice, hospitable and friendly.

    Now let’s talk about some of the things you can visit in Houston (and there are way more than what I’ve added here). Honestly, Houston is pretty close to a “perfect” city. It has everything you could need and want, catering to people who want a “busy” feel, places that are calmer and you can be with yourself and a mix of both.

    One of the first things you should go to is the Museum District which comprises 19 amazing museums found in the downtown area. Don’t skip on any of them as everything is fantastic! This is probably one of the greatest, concentrated cultural areas in the world!

    Buffalo Bayou Park offers you great views or you can go on a bike ride or even paddle your way through it. At sunset, you can see 250,000 bats fly out from the Waugh Drive Bridge – believe me, this is something you want to see.

    Houston has some very inspiring and quite wonderful street art which you’ll be able to admire in lots of places from the city.

    If you’re into retro then Houston has you covered with it’s 19th Street in The Heights. Here you can find all kinds of interesting shops that sell retro decor or clothes and old collectibles. It’s a special place unlike anything else you’ll see.

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