How Safe Is Indianapolis for Travel?

Indianapolis, United States
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Indianapolis is the state capital and largest city of Indiana, United States, located in Marion County.

Indianapolis is known as the “Crossroads of America” and for a good reason, as interstates 65, 69, 70, and 74 meet here.

The city has most everything that a major city would have – and more: namely, unlike other major cities in America, the accessibility of the city makes it a place that you can go and visit, and enjoy in, multiple times a week.

Moreover, nowadays, there are exponential investments in Indianapolis.

It has a long way to go, but it’s turning into a great cultural experience, not just the family-friendly and affordable place it’s known for.

Warnings & Dangers in Indianapolis

Overall Risk


Overall, Indianapolis is a relatively safe city to visit though certain areas are prone to high levels of crime. Use caution throughout the city to minimize your risks.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall, very safe to use in Indianapolis, apart from pickpockets and petty thieves in buses, trains, and stations that may try to steal from you while it's crowded.

Pickpockets Risk


Indianapolis isn't known for petty crime, and not many tourists have reported missing items or stolen valuables, or even vehicles that have been broken into. Still, apply caution when walking around the city.

Natural Disasters Risk


Indiana is susceptible to a variety of natural hazards, with ice storms during winters, heat waves during summers, and tornadoes, earthquakes, and flooding that could hit any time of year.

Mugging Risk


Violent theft is rare, and so is kidnapping but you should stay away from some areas that are known as dangerous and dark alleys where muggings could occur.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, the US 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


There will always be people trying to scam you, though this isn't the norm in Indianapolis. Watch out for beggars and homeless people, though in general, they aren't dangerous and won't try to steal or trick you.

Women Travelers Risk


Indianapolis is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Indianapolis Really?

All in all, Indianapolis is relatively safe, but it does require a considerable amount of caution if you want your visit to go smoothly.

There are some serious issues with drugs in Indianapolis; there are reports of people dying of heroin overdoses every day in the news.

This means crimes like theft are rampant and you will at one point in your life here have a car broken into.

You will find good and bad neighborhoods scattered all around Indianapolis.

It used to be easy to point out the better neighborhoods from the dangerous areas but this isn’t the case anymore.

A lot of the areas that get a bad reputation aren’t crime-riddled but, more likely to experience extreme poverty.

Speedway can be a nice area but, can also have crime.

Broad Ripple is known for its college students and young families but, there are also a lot of bars there that can cause chaos.

Check the crime maps for the areas you are looking at.

Fishers, Noblesville, and Carmel are somewhat notorious for robberies, theft and the occasional murder.

Downtown itself poses no threat to anyone. You may find some homeless people scattered around asking for loose change but ultimately no threat.

The police drive around the city itself consistently.

How Does Indianapolis Compare?

CitySafety Index
New Orleans57
Washington DC56
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)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, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Indianapolis. 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 - Indianapolis has a humid continental climate characterized by hot and humid summers and cold and snowy winters. It has four distinct seasons with the average annual temperature of 11.1 °C
  • Airports - Indianapolis International Airport is the busiest airport in the city of Indianapolis. It is located only about 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, without traffic.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Indianapolis, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Indianapolis Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -4° C
Feb -2° C
Mar 5° C
Apr 11° C
May 17° C
Jun 22° C
Jul 24° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 19° C
Oct 13° C
Nov 6° C
Dec -1° C
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13 Reviews on Indianapolis

  1. L
    Local Indy says:

    “Fishers, Noblesville, and Carmel are somewhat notorious for robberies, theft and the occasional murder.”

    What… are you kidding? Where are the stats to back this up compared to other cities?

  2. I
    Indygirl says:

    I now question all of the ratings on this site! This is so inaccurate!

  3. H
    HoosierMama says:

    Are we talking about Indianapolis, INDIANA? This is so far out if left field for some things…Earthquakes striking at any time? Notorious thefts in the suburbs? DMV needs to provide The Club with every car registration? Okay, I made that up, but that was a single exaggeration…Compared to the list of utter nonsense interspersed with a handful of truisms above. Indygirl called it right.

  4. Indianapolis downtown is a war zone. You can’t walk around without being harassed by thugs and rioters. They have taken over downtown. An attorney just Aug. 25 was knocked in the head by a lead pipe and another person stabbed right after and this happened at 1/2 block from the circle. DO NOT COME TO INDIANAPOLIS UNARMED.


  6. M
    Midwest_girl says:

    Who wrote this review???

    I was born and raised in Indianapolis and though I have lived in Chicago for the past I years, I find it highly doubtful that Fishers and Caramel and Noblesville are known for their high crime. I mean come on. Those are some of the wealthiest places to live and are policed as such. Whomever wrote this review was WAY off.

  7. This website is silly

    Indianapolis is pretty bad, and most definitely got worse as of 2020, but Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers? C’mon now…that’s where people move to get out of Indy. I don’t know if I would recommend it in this day and age but I bet you could leave your doors unlocked in those suburban outskirts with few issues. If I ever travel, I know where not to get information from…

  8. R
    Raised-in-Indy says:


    Very inaccurate. The Fishers/Carmel/Noblesville seems is one of the nicest areas near Indy. It’s fairy affluent, suburban, and very safe. Idk how they got this one detail so wrong? Check local crime data maps to get a more accurate idea of what areas are safe/not safe.

  9. P
    Philly girl says:

    i’m going there tomorrow and I don’t think I want to go after reading this : (

    1. for some reason my daughter wants to visit there she is 12 years old ill be sure to share this site with her

  10. S
    Stud bio says:

    I’m from Los Angeles CA I feel like Indianapolis isn’t a good place to live crime violence bad kid summer time be lit I rather be in california it’s boring nothing to do in Indianapolis I’ll rather be in vegas

  11. Sad reality

    Well… I’ve lived in Indianapolis for about 10 years consistently…and the city in the past year since corona hit has been horrible. Downtown used to be so nice, such an urban escape…now there are homeless people gathered on all corners, at the City County Building (which used to be home to games, swings, etc.)…the drug Spice or “Katy” as it’s known here has taken over and you have to be careful where you go because someone might pop off on a crazy high…I’m so disappointed in this city. Definitely was not this bad a few years ago. The murder rate is ridiculous…I’m definitely thinking of moving elsewhere with my kids. The public schools have always been bad, but the charters are excellent (at least in my experience)..My kids attend school on the far west side at a charter and the teachers there have been great and learning they’ve received is phenomenal…im definitely disappointed in the city though. Its declined heavily in the past few years. Very sad to see. Not sure if it’s underfunded or that the funds are focused elsewhere but Indianapolis needs help so so bad. Very very sad to see what could be a great place spiral down because no one intervenes ..I definitely miss when I could safely walk downtown

  12. Indianapolis has see better days

    In recent years Indianapolis has gone downhill. It’s sad to see and experience but it’s happening. I visited this place 3 times until now, with 2-3 years in between. When I first came here, I think it was 2014 or 2015 things were pretty good and I would have recommended this city for a good travel experience. Now, after the pandemic hit, the city is unrecognizable for someone not living here. Too many homeless people, drugs and that unsafe feeling that follows you around.

    The city is not as bad as some people say it is but it certainly needs some changes made. People need to feel safe again and homeless people need help as well. I would give it a 55 on the safety index, at the moment. It was once a 70+ for sure but not anymore. The city has a lot to offer besides the well known Indianapolis 500.

    Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the places that you can and should visit. You’ll find many art pieces by Picasso, Rembrandt or Cezanne featured here. Near the museum there’s also the Fairbanks Park which is a nice visiting spot on its own.

    The Central Canal should be a must ad by boat. Yes, you can paddle down the Central Canal. You can also walk on the pedestrian way, but I highly recommend you use a paddleboat or a kayak to really experience this.

    The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is probably my favorite place in the city! And it’s certainly my kids’ favorite thing ever! He LOVED it here! This is the biggest museum for kids in the whole world! Definitely make a day out of experiencing everything this amazing place has to offer.

    The Rhythm! Discovery Center is also a very different and interesting place to visit. You’ll find plenty of percussion instruments here (ones that are used now and some that have been forgotten).

Rated 2.77 / 5 based on 13 user reviews.

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