How Safe Is Lubbock for Travel?

Lubbock, United States
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Lubbock is the largest city in the Great Plains region of Texas and serves as the area’s agricultural and economic hub.

Lubbock, commonly known as the Hub City, is in the center of the South Plains, an expansive cotton-growing region.

Lubbock is one of those rare cities where history permeates everything, and as a result, most locals know at least something about the city’s history.

Most are content with knowing the area, and specifically, the city is of some historical import.

The city has many museums, galleries, art centers, and parks.

The city also hosts the annual Lubbock Arts Festival.

Warnings & Dangers in Lubbock

Overall Risk


In general, Lubbock is quite safe; however, there are certain types of crimes that are more common. For example, car theft and vandalism. You should be very careful and accurate, monitor your belongings, avoid disadvantaged areas, and park cars in secure parking lots.

Transport & Taxis Risk


In the city, they often use their cars or taxis. Public transport is not very reliable. Use a taxi if you get home late at night, always sit behind the driver, not near him.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are not very common in Lubbock. However, be vigilant in public places and in public transport. Do not carry a lot of cash and expensive things. Essential documents are best left in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters Risk


Lubbock is prone to a high risk of tornadoes and hurricanes. Usually, the tornado season falls in the spring. However, hurricane winds can occur throughout the year. Be sure to avoid this weather during your trip and take appropriate safety precautions.

Mugging Risk


Armed severe robberies do not happen here often and usually do not affect tourists. However, tourists are not advised to visit disadvantaged areas, remote from the city center, and walk late at night alone.

Terrorism Risk


There is no high risk of terrorism in Lubbock. However, it can occur here due to international conflicts and the global threat of terrorists by forgiving the United States. Stay up to date on your trip to this city.

Scams Risk


Usually, there are no scams in Lubbock. However, fraud may occur via SMS and over the phone, when your data and your card details can be transferred to third parties. Be careful not to pass such information to strangers.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling alone can feel at ease in Lubbock if they take specific security measures. Always keep an eye on your surroundings and choose safe routes for walking. At night, it is better to take a taxi and not walk alone.

So... How Safe Is Lubbock Really?

Lubbock is not the safest city.

The crime index is average, but there are some more common crimes, for example, car theft and vandalism.

As with any unfamiliar place, vigilance and awareness are advised.

Do not under any circumstances travel to Mackenzie Park or Canyon Lakes System after dark.

During the spring months, the weather in Lubbock can grow rather tumultuous in rapid fashion.

Weather warnings are not to be ignored during severe weather season.

The city is also subject to frequent dust storms during the spring, and while not exactly dangerous, these storms are often severe enough to limit visibility.

Drive with care, and give yourself a few more car lengths worth of reaction time.

Theft burglary and vandalism are 49% higher than the state average.

But aside from that, as a general rule of thumb, just stay west of university (a street that runs north/south on the east side of town), and you will be fine.

The unsafest part of town is far north-east and typically stays over there.

The south-west part of town is the newest, and the safer side.

Make sure to get insurance as burglary is a common issue!

Be careful during the hurricane season – tornadoes are pretty damaging.

How Does Lubbock Compare?

CitySafety Index
San Francisco61
Belize City (Belize)37
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Lubbock for ideal weather are January 15th to April 1st or October 22nd to December 23rd. The average temperatures in Lubbock vary greatly, and the weather feels hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a meager chance of precipitation throughout the year.
  • Airports - Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is 8 km north of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. The airport is the 8th busiest airport in Texas. Lubbock International is first among the small Texas cities.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Lubbock Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 7° C
Mar 12° C
Apr 16° C
May 21° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 17° C
Nov 10° C
Dec 6° C
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3 Reviews on Lubbock

  1. R
    Ron Cooper says:

    The reality of Lubbock.

    Hurricanes significantly affecting Lubbock??!!

    Somebody does not know what they are talking about. A fair number of tornadoes, yes. Hurricanes, NO.

    And there is no way I would visit the area before April 1. The winter winds can be horrible and unbelievably COLD!! Nothing to stop those winter winds blowing in all the way from the Canadian western plains.

    Why visit the area anyway?? Pool- table flat and no amount of things to see or do.

    I was born and raised out there. I know what I am talking about.

  2. Lubbock is my home!

    I grew up in Lubbock and so does my wife, although we met in New York City, the fact we both came from the same place immediately made a connection between us and I am forever grateful.

    I haven’t been back home to see my folks in a few years, they come to visit us a few times a year. but this year we are going to go for sure!

    As for safety, guys, it’s like anywhere else, if you don’t walk alone at night and keep your wits you’re going to be fine, let me tell you this, I feel much safer in Lubbock than I do in NYC.

  3. Lubbock's BIG SKY!

    I love Lubbock! I went to Texas Tech, graduated and happily lived there for six more years until my husband’s job opportunities took us away. Now, twenty six years later, I am a widow with a son in college at Texas Tech, and I miss the beautiful, big open sky and sunsets! I desire to move back and find the peace that Lubbock and that BIG sky provided in my past!

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