United States : Safety by City
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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 vibrant shopping opportunities, and slowly but surely, Houstan 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 : MEDIUM
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 suspicios activities wherever you go.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
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 : MEDIUM
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 : MEDIUM
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 : LOW
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 : MEDIUM
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 : HIGH
Scams happen regularly in Houston. They vary from someone trying 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 : LOW
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 usual precaution measures, just as they would in any other city or their own 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, there are some areas that 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 occcured 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 forecest, stay informed and listen to the authorities when it comes to evacuation.
Hurricanes in Houstan can cause substantial material damage and flooding, like the last one, Hurricane Harvey, that hit Houston on August 26th, 2017.
- 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 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 a 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.