How Safe Is Rochester for Travel?

Rochester, United States
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People would ask themselves whether Rochester is worth visiting and we can say that you should put it on your list of future destinations.

Rochester is known as The Flower City.

It is the third-largest city in the state of New York, and it boasts a long history of industry and invention.

What tourists find interesting here are over 12,000 acres of parklands here, as well as fun attractions like amusement and water parks ideal for families with children.

Also, they can visit some historically significant monuments like the Vietnam Memorial, the John Dunbar Memorial Pavilion, and Warner Castle.

Warnings & Dangers in Rochester

Overall Risk


In this time of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime and travelers are especially worried when going abroad. Generally speaking, vigilant tourists should not worry too much when in Rochester.

Transport & Taxis Risk


If you must leave something in the car, you should lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight as seeing something on the car seat might tempt thieves to break into and take it. Use public transport instead of taxis, as it is more affordable.

Pickpockets Risk


When on ATMs, you should withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Pickpockets usually work around the ATMs in poorly lit areas, so avoid taking money there. Stay aware of your surroundings all the time.

Natural Disasters Risk


In winter months, Rochester might experience heavy snowfall which might cause snowstorms as well. This can affect driving and flights, so travelers should get informed about the current situation.

Mugging Risk


Even though in the majority of reports of people being mugged, tourists were not the target. However, they need to take precautionary steps to minimize their chances of being victimized.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorism is frequently happening in the USA these days and each city can be a target. If you happen to be in the middle of a terrorist attack, you should seek cover or, move against an interior wall and protect your head with your arms.

Scams Risk


Scammers would do their best to distract your attention with the intention of taking your money or belongings, so do not let them trick you. The best way to do that is to move away from strangers and do not accept anything from them.

Women Travelers Risk


Women usually spend their holidays here without any kind of trouble, but they need to have in mind that if they wear expensive jewelry or carry a purse or wallet, it is possible that they become victims.

So... How Safe Is Rochester Really?

Our suggestion for the drivers is not to approach the car alone if he/she notice suspicious people in the area.

If you decide to drive in Rochester, do not stop to offer help on a road and do not drive hitchhikers.

Furthermore, always lock your car after entering or leaving it and park it in well-lighted areas.

When renting a car, make sure you have checked the back seat before entering.

If you have to bring some cash with you, keep it in your front pocket.

Being that there are a large number of pickpockets operating on the street, you should never carry large amounts of cash, but rather use traveler’s checks.

If you must carry large sums of money, do not display it openly and always be aware of your surroundings.

Females are suggested to be extra careful if they carry a wallet or purse, being that these are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, bus stops and on buses.

Prior to your day of sightseeing, all tourists are suggested to obtain direction for the attractions they intend to visit so as not to get lost.

You should never discuss your sightseeing schedule in the presence of strangers.

How Does Rochester Compare?

CitySafety Index
Las Vegas62
San Francisco61
Brussels (Belgium)60
Shanghai (China)66
Belize City (Belize)37

Useful Information

  • Visas - The U.S. Department of State issues visas to foreign nationals who are traveling to the United States through its embassies or consulates. However, if you are coming from the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need a visa for vacation.
  • Currency - The U.S. dollar is the official currency in the USA and the most powerful currency in the world. The strength of the U.S. economy supports the dollar's use as a global currency.
  • Weather - Those who like pleasant weather when traveling should know that August, July, and June are the most pleasant months in Rochester, while January and February are the least comfortable due to low temperatures and winds.
  • Airports - People coming to Rochester should use Rochester International Airport, a primary public airport located 11 km southwest of Rochester.
  • Travel Insurance - Missed flights, lost luggage or accidents can destroy your journey. So as to protect your belongings and not pay extremely expensive medical services, you are suggested to get travel insurance before going abroad.
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5 Reviews on Rochester

  1. L
    Lovely Warren says:

    Safer than it appears

    Rochester is waaaaay safer than this article suggests. Labeling the risk of terrorism here as medium is extremely harsh. There has never been a recorded terrorist attack in Rochester. Likewise with the risk of women travelers and pickpockets. There is virtually ZERO risk for these incidents. That said, muggings should probably be bumped up from low to medium. Overall, Rochester is a really safe city all things considered.

  2. Lovely Warren is slightly stupid. I’ve lived in Rochester for a good part of my life and it is GENERALLY very safe, but not so much in different portions of rochester. I live in Brighton at the moment, and it is known as THE safest place to live in Rochester NY, however it is costly. The only crime that I have EVER seen happen here (and I work 10-14 hours daily, so I’m out and around nearly everywhere in Rochester as I do plumbing) is petty theft. But that is just my experience. If you don’t make yourself a target, you won’t be a victim. Simple as that.

  3. Don't bother

    Rochester is a racially segregated city filled with yahoos that has little to nothing of interest beyond Lake Ontario. Don’t waste your time.

  4. A nice city to visit

    Rochester is a less known place but it does have it’s beauties like the Warner Castle which was a treat to visit. I also enjoyed the Vietnam Memorial, John Dunbar Memorial Pavilion. I didn’t experience much crime, only petty theft, while I was visiting. I would recommend it.

  5. Safe and quiet city

    Traveled quite a few times to Rochester for work, never have I felt like my life was in danger or had to look twice over my shoulder.

    Public transportation can be a hit or a miss, depending how lucky you are. My car broke down once so I decided to hump on the bus instead of waiting for an uber. No, you won’t get robbed at gunpoint but you might find yourself sitting near an oddball from time to time. If you can, take the cab or uber, it saves you a lot of unwanted stress. But yes, the bottom line is you won’t feel unsafe while riding the bus, not even at night.

    If you’re used to California winters you shouldn’t plan a trip during the winter, the cold is unbearable, at least for me. The locals keep on saying they haven’t had a tough winter since forever, that these are just mild winters but omg, way too cold for my taste.

    A plus for me is its walkability, you can explore the city by foot or even bike, if you’re the type.

    You will find bars and restaurants at almost any corner but with covid I would check and see if they work by reservations only and book something. Decent prices, generally speaking the staff is very friendly. If you’re a foodie you will love it, there’s a ton of choices, from gourmet to Garbage Plate.

    I would say most areas are safe, especially during the day. I can’t speak very much about nightlife or how safe the streets are at night, I tend to retire early when I’m traveling.

    I never feared for my safety, all my interactions with local folks were more than ok and if things expand at the current level, I would say this is a very up and coming city.

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