How Safe Is Sacramento for Travel?

Sacramento, United States
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Sacramento is the state capital of California in the United States.

This city is considered great by many because it’s not a big city and it’s not a small town either.

Sometimes it feels like one or the other, but it’s middle of the line.

The proximity to Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, Reno, San Francisco, and the beach make it a great location for those who are avid weekend getaway types with activities that range from skiing to wine tasting, to hiking and beyond.

The residents are pretty straight forward and loyal to each other so follow respectful street etiquette, be considerate, and watch your manners.

Warnings & Dangers in Sacramento

Overall Risk


Sacramento is, overall, a safe place to visit. As with any other urban area, just like you would in your city, pay attention to your surroundings and stay safe.

Transport & Taxis Risk


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

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets aren't the biggest threat in Sacramento, though you might encounter bag snatchers. Don't be too worried, but you should remain vigilant after dark and in crowded places.

Natural Disasters Risk


Sacramento and its nearby counties are at relatively low risk for hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. They might happen but it's not common.

Mugging Risk


Sacramento is mostly safe when it comes to mugging and kidnapping, but it is recommended that you avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and dangerous areas known for street crime.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, Sacramento 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 aren't many scams in Sacramento. Still, be wary of people trying to distract you to steal from you and of people overcharging you for various services. We advise you to be extremely careful when handling money and around ATMs.

Women Travelers Risk


Sacramento is somewhat safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females specifically but general caution is advised. Following basic precaution measures should minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Sacramento Really?

Sacramento, often called “the SacTown” is somewhat safe to visit.

There are safer areas of the city, and then there are less safe areas, and it’s hard to pinpoint where the crime happens.

The crime statistics show clearly that downtown is safer than the suburbs like Roseville.

However, while there is a crime here, the numbers aren’t bad and most of those crimes are avoidable with a tiny about of care.

Most of the common thefts in the safer suburbs are bikes being stolen or other small items hanging outside on your balcony.

The city has a sizable homeless population, much of it centered downtown.

I’ve never been accosted or asked for money, just try not to wake them up.

As for the bad areas and neighborhoods, to be avoided are Central and South Oak Park, Del Paso Heights, Rosemont, Meadowview, Florin, North Highlands (where prostitutes are usually strolling Watt Avenue between Roseville Road and I-80), and Rio Linda; these are all rough neighborhoods with some capacity of gang activity.

Parts of South Natomas, Ranch Cordova near Folsom Blvd, West Sac, and Citrus Heights also have pockets of lower-income/homelessness/break-ins/petty theft, but they’re not as bad as the upper neighborhoods.

How Does Sacramento Compare?

CitySafety Index
New York City67
San Diego67
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80

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 Sacramento. 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 - Sacramento has a climate characterized by very hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Sacramento is subject to heat waves that can last for several days.
  • Airports - Sacramento International Airport is the main airport for Sacramento. The airport is located only about 15 minutes north of downtown along Interstate 5 at the Airport Boulevard exit.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Sacramento, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Sacramento Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 7° C
Feb 11° C
Mar 12° C
Apr 15° C
May 18° C
Jun 22° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 18° C
Nov 12° C
Dec 7° C
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3 Reviews on Sacramento

  1. S
    Sac resident says:

    in my opinion

    I live here and Roseville is much safer than downtown. Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin, and especially Folsom are wonderful to visit.

  2. C
    Christopher says:

    Wine tasting, skiing or hiking are up for grabs

    Sacramento is the spot to go to for some nice wine tasting and then some hiking maybe. Great for a weekend getaway but more than that and I would probably get a little bored. Not a bad place mind you, I just like places that are more adventurous. Had fun though.

  3. Sacramento has many attractions

    Sacramento is a nice place to visit, not a huge city and sometimes you feel like you’re in a medium-sized city, if you know what I mean. It has a certain feel to it which I, for one, like. It has its share of problems from pickpockets that are easy to spot if you pay attention, to bag snatchers to bigger criminals. Bad things happen here just like in any other city in America. Not as bad as in other cities though.

    The city is home to many interesting things that are worth a visit. I’ve talked a bit about a few that I personally recommend.

    The California State Railroad Museum is worth a visit because it’s huge (200,000 square feet), it’s one of the biggest railway museums in the entire world and in the summer months, you can actually ride a steam locomotive or a diesel train. Kids will love it! This place is a goldmine for small children or for train enthusiasts.

    Old Sacramento will show you how Sacramento used to look, with many (50) historical buildings being preserved and accepting tourists. There are shops, restaurants, hotels and museums that are still in use to this day.

    For car lovers the California Automobile Museum is a must see. With 120 vintage automobiles (the oldest is from 1885!) this place will be like a dream for you.

    Another cool place is the Fairytale Town. A storybook-theme park that has 25 playsets that are based on fairy tales like Mother Goose or Humpty Dumpty. There are puppet shows or learning gardens here that your kids will fall in love with.

    All in all, Sacramento has much more to offer than meets the eye and you should consider staying a few weeks if you want to experience everything it has at least once.

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