How Safe Is New York City for Travel?

New York City, United States
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New York City – the most vibrant city in the world, also called The Big Apple or, simply, NYC, is the most populous city in America (with approximately 8.2 million residents), and without a doubt, the most popular in the world.

Many call it “the factory of dreams” or a “city where dreams come true”, “the city of opportunities”, etc.

New York got these nicknames because of its reputation that anyone and everyone has a chance to make it in this city, and become something, make their dreams come true.

New York is located at the mouth of the Hudson River in the southernmost part of the state, which is, furthermore, a part of the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

New York City is the American, and possibly the world’s center for media, culture, food, fashion, art, research, finance, and trade.

Don’t forget its magnificent and world-famous skyline, dominated by the iconic Empire State Building.

There is nothing you can’t do in New York City as a tourist.

There’s something for literally everybody, so there’s no doubt you’ll have a magnificent time.

Warnings & Dangers in New York City

Overall Risk


New York is a very safe city to travel to. Tourists are unlikely to experience any incidents or inconveniences. What contributes to the general feeling of insecurity in this country are the isolated terrorist attacks, but they are unlikely to occur at places frequented by tourists.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Since this is such a huge tourist city, it's expected that public transport works like a charm and is very reliable and safe. Means of transportation are numerous in NYC.

Pickpockets Risk


There aren't any pickpockets in New York, and the rate of petty crime is on a major decline for the past couple of years. Still, it is wise to watch your belongings while on public transport or in crowded Midtown streets or packed subway cars.

Natural Disasters Risk


Occasional natural threats exist in New York in the form of occasional blizzards and extremely low temperatures during the winter months.

Mugging Risk


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


New York 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


Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in New York, too. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.

Women Travelers Risk


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

So... How Safe Is New York City Really?

No worries – New York is statistically the safest large city in the United States.

Due to constant police presence, it’s probably the safest place you can find yourself in.

Of course, since it is so large, it’s expected that some parts of it are very unsafe for tourists, but even the risks that are listed here, are highly unlikely to happen.

Most violent crimes that do occur in the US, occur in suburbs or urban areas of some cities.

It is by no means as widespread throughout the entire city as the media would have us believe.

Even though there is a minor chance that, as a tourist, you might experience petty theft incidents, it is highly unlikely because petty theft crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching have been on a decline for the past couple of years.

Violent crime rates are also pretty low, so you should feel mostly safe here, especially because, since 9/11, most touristic landmarks have been severely backed up by police presence, so New York City is the safest place you can find yourself in.

You may even get frisked and searched near the touristic landmarks.

How Does New York City Compare?

CitySafety Index
New York City67
Las Vegas62
San Francisco61
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70
Manama (Bahrain)54

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 New York City. 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 - The climate in New York City is humid continental characterized by all four seasons. It is hot and humid summers ( from June to September, cool and dry autumns (from September to December), cold winters, from December to March, and wet springs (from March to June). Bear in mind that temperatures in the winter can go down to as low as -18°C and in the summer, as high as 38°C.
  • Airports - John F. Kennedy International Airport is the primary international airport serving New York City. It is the busiest international gateway into North America. It is located in New York, 30 km southeast of Midtown Manhattan.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to New York City, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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11 Reviews on New York City

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    Tyler Boro says:

    New York City is crowded

    Before you judge just how big a city is, take a look at the tourists themselves shoving and pushing, those aren’t serious crimes but shove someone who’s already committed a crime and you’re in trouble.

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      Anonymous says:


    2. That’s the tourist’s problem. We’re generally cool with anyone, but we expect anyone coming to OUR city to treat us with respect.

  2. This review is as bullshit as their Mumbai review. New York City is my homeland, and never have I encountered a pickpocket. Overall risk is low, low. Medium is on par with the most dangerous city in the United states, detroit. We are safer than Detroit.

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      Anonymous says:

      well they are still saying its safe for a big crowded city.

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    Anonymous says:

    NYC has become far too dangerous. Mugging takes place very often. And here it’s mentioned low. Keep hearing about shooting some place or the other every second day. At this moment, overall risk is high.

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    Graz Bail says:

    Scams should be high, and mugging should be medium. Whoever made this is an absolute retard.

  5. Safe in daytime

    Generally very safe. Do not wander in Central Park or ride the Subway at night – a policeman I met said there are organized gangs that will wander around looking for solitary people in Central Park at night and stab them. Pickpockets are most active in Times Square, and operate from rings in Columbia, though not as active as before.

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    Nathan J. Potter says:

    New York is Great

    New York City is the greatest city of the United States ever. It has Times Square, Broadways, etc. It is Generally Safe for me.

  7. I listed to this review and then I was mugged, Police did nothing but laugh...

    I read this review before I visited so this happened…..
    This city if full of scammer and rude people…I was mugged walking back to the W hotel at 8pm….The cops laughed at me when I reported the mugging and took down my statement… Since I “ONLY” lost $250.00 in cash. I gave them a person sketch of the black guy who committed the crime but it never made it into evidence.. They told me they have a back log and won’t even check the Camera the NYPD had set up in that area….I called back weeks then months later and was told they have not looked into it yet due to all the back log of murders and I was encouraged to just cut my losses and not pursue it further….People thing NY is a great city but it’s because they never been to any other city that was not in a Blue state….I was

  8. Not as safe as I would have liked

    New York City certainly has a lot to offer but since there are also a lot of muggings, pickpockets and some people are rude, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Too bad, because this city is a great one but the Police doesn’t seem to be on top of things or is understaffed and a lot of bad things happen without getting solved and it diminishes trust in the city as a whole. If the city was safer, it would deserve a 4 or even a 5 for the many museums, interesting bars and cafes and many other attractions.

Rated 3.18 / 5 based on 11 user reviews.

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