How Safe Is Louisville for Travel?

Louisville, United States
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If you have decided that Louisville is your next tourist destination, you should make your travel arrangements prior to embarking on a trip to the USA.

These arrangements include gathering useful information about the safety situation there, possible natural dangers and different means of crime. 

The Louisville police officers used to respond to crimes after they had already been committed, but now the government is doing its best so as to help in preventing crimes before they occur.

Louisville is known as the home of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, but there are also numerous tourist attractions that are worth seeing.

Warnings & Dangers in Louisville

Overall Risk


The overall risk of being injured or becoming a victim of petty crime in Louisville is medium, meaning that nobody can be 100% sure that nothing can happen to him/her. However, as long as you are vigilant, the chances of being attacked are low.

Transport & Taxis Risk


There are various transportation options in Louisville and whichever you choose, you need to be vigilant. Trains and buses are locations where pickpockets usually work.

Pickpockets Risk


Tourists are advised not to carry any more money than absolutely necessary and not to show their expensive gadgets as they may easily become prey of thieves and pickpockets.

Natural Disasters Risk


The possibility of the area being flooded during rainy days is high, and you need to get familiar with the current situations, especially if you plan to explore the surroundings.

Mugging Risk


In the majority of instances, violent crimes involving guns happen among the residents and their gangs. However, tourists might find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and get affected by this.

Terrorism Risk


The possibility of terrorist attacks in the USA exists, and the main terrorist threat today is emerging from across the political spectrum. The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are low but there were instances when tourists experienced it.

Scams Risk


You need to be aware of common scams that you might encounter while in Louisville. You might be called out to drink with the aim to get you drunk and steal your valuables.

Women Travelers Risk


Being that Louisville is considered an extremely safe large city, females can enjoy their stay even if they come alone. Walking the deserted and poorly lighted streets at night should be avoided, even in the company of a man.

So... How Safe Is Louisville Really?

The United States of America is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and it is understandable that many people want to visit some of its major cities.

When entering the USA, you will have to meet some entry requirements.

Besides the visa, most travelers heading to the USA will be required to have at least 6 months’ validity on their passport.

On the other hand, citizens from certain countries only need a passport valid for the length of their stay.

To ensure your visit to Louisville is a safe and happy one, we are offering a brief guide to health and safety in the U.S.

Prior to visiting certain areas that you consider prone to natural disasters, you should take a look at the service’s website which provides information in the event of a natural disaster or public health emergency.

Credit cards and bank cards are usually the preferred mode of payment if you want to protect yourself from pickpockets.

Our advice is not to take too much cash with you when visiting major tourist attractions, as they are the locations where robbers work.

How Does Louisville Compare?

CitySafety Index
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

Useful Information

  • Visas - All tourists are required to obtain a visa which will allow them to enter the USA. The US visa application can be done at a US Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence.
  • Currency - Once coming to the USA, you will have to use their official currency for the payment. The currency of the United States is the United States dollar – USD.
  • Weather - Louisville has a humid subtropical climate. Seasonal extremes in both temperature and precipitation are not uncommon. July is the average hottest month.
  • Airports - Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is both a civil and a military airport in Louisville. The state of Kentucky is home to two international airports, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Louisville International Airport which both can be used when coming to Louisville.
  • Travel Insurance - The reason why you should get the travel insurance prior to coming to Louisville is the expensiveness of medical services for foreigners. Make sure it covers luggage lost and missed flights as well.
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Louisville Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 2° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 14° C
May 19° C
Jun 24° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 21° C
Oct 15° C
Nov 9° C
Dec 3° C
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5 Reviews on Louisville

  1. Extremely safe

    I’ve lived in Louisville most of my life and I’ve never heard of anyone being pickpocketed. Ever. I’ve heard of purse snatchings, but they’re so rare it makes the evening news.
    This is one of the safest cities in the world.

  2. J
    Jordan Smith says:

    Good Reviews are Deff Fake. Louisville is Dangerous. Brianna Taylor incident for Reference!

    Louisville Kentucky these last 2 years “2020, and 2021” actually have a Murder Rate 12 times the national average! there was a 173 Murders in 2021 and there was just the 173rd murder in Louisville on the 21’st of november! so for a year that ender with a 173 murders in 2020, 2021 has exceeded 173 murders already and there is still this month, and next month left for the year! WHICH IS HORRIBLE! Louisville is VERY Dangerous in every End…and walking alone at night or in a alley way MUST be avoided at all costs. Robberys happen EVERYDAY! also Shootings happen LITERALLY Every other day here in Louisville Kentucky. check the stats now if you dont believe me. the person who wrote that other thing about pick pocketers making the news is false. people get robbed and pickpocketed here ALL the time! especially on the Bardstown Road area “the fun strip full of bars Area of the City” and in our WEST END Especially! which is responsible for 70 percent of the city’s murders for the WHOLE YEAR! Louisville is the 7th most dangerous city in the country for 2021! and was number 9 in 2020! and Crime will only get worse every year! just giving it to you raw.

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    Just a gemini says:

    Louisville has had a lot of murders but as long as you are coming to Louisville prepared and only going straight to your destination and back and not out looking for trouble you should be ok

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    Olivia J. says:

    Be cautious and vigilant.

    I did not feel very safe there being a single female from out of state. I lived close to Bardstown Road and also had a questionable/scary rental situation. I would not get gas after dark. I even had to pull out my mace one night as a precaution when walking from my car into where I was staying. Definite questionable activity going on in various spots. Be cautious.

  5. K
    Kentucky says:

    Very safe city!

    Another lifetime Louisvillian here. It doesn’t get much safer than this city, particularly where there is guest lodging. I live in the Crescent Hill neighborhood and don’t even lock my doors at night. No issues, ever.
    There is a high-profile murder case at the moment. To be frank, that’s racism.

    While it’s not overt, as you’ll find farther south, there are oppressed neighborhoods here. (Very distressing and there is ongoing work on the part of the community to address that.)

    You won’t have any reason to be in those areas, they are relatively boundaried and have no tourist draws.

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