How Safe Is Salt Lake City for Travel?

Salt Lake City, United States
Safety Index:
74

Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city of Utah, and also one of the largest cities in the Southwest region of the United States.

Salt Lake City is also known as one of the safest cities in the entire nation.

There is a surprising amount of diversity in the city, culturally, and the city is known as the least conservative and the most liberal city of Utah.

It’s also an outdoorsy city, being so close to the mountains.

Hiking and mountain biking is easy to access as there are trails in abundance wherever you go.

There are also great skiing and snowboarding opportunities.

Warnings & Dangers in Salt Lake City

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Generally, Salt Lake City is a very safe city to travel to. According to some sources, Salt Lake City is among the safest cities in America. Still, never let your guard down in a city where you are new and are not familiar with it yet.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall, very safe to use in Salt Lake City, though you may end up in severe traffic congestion you can't get out of for a long time.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpockets and bag snatching can occur but the issue with petty crime in Salt Lake City is nowhere near serious. Just be vigilant at all times and never leave your belongings in plain sight.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The state of Utah where Salt Lake City is situated has been through several terrible natural disasters over the years, from floods and mudslides to avalanches and snowstorms, and even tornadoes. It's hard to determine what disaster could hit which area but in case of emergency, follow the authorities' advice.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

You shouldn't worry about being mugged or kidnapped in Salt Lake City since it isn't a common occurrence: namely, compared to other major cities in the nation, Salt Lake City has relatively low violent crime rates.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Excluding isolated mass shootings, Salt Lake City 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

SCAMS RISK : LOW

There aren't many scams in Salt Lake City. 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

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Salt Lake City is safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females specifically and you can mostly relax. Following basic precaution measures is still advised, though.

So... How Safe Is Salt Lake City Really?

As mentioned before, Salt Lake City is one of the safest cities in America.

However, like any city, you should be careful where you live or where you wander around in the early hours of the morning.

The biggest problem nowadays in Salt Lake City seems to be car break-ins and thefts, as well as bike thefts.

For this reason, never leave valuables in your car, because multiple people have reported break-ins.

As for the, let’s say, less safe neighborhoods and areas, there is more crime like petty theft in South Salt Lake than there should be (plus, the South Salt Lake police will tell you that this area may have more arrests than the west-side).

Quite a few parks in the county have drug addicts who live here.

Stay away from Pioneer Park when there isn’t a farmer’s market going on, Fairmont Park in Sugarhouse, and Murray Park for these reasons.

Overall, there are pockets of safe areas and for the most part, it really is a peaceful, wonderful place for hiking, dog-walking and cultural activities; but if you want to live downtown or in the fun areas, get an alarm system or a dog – the city is in America, after all, which is notorious for high crime rates.

How Does Salt Lake City Compare?

CitySafety Index
Salt Lake City74
San Francisco61
Philadelphia60
Houston59
Atlanta58
Belize City (Belize)37
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45

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 Salt Lake 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 - Salt Lake City has a semi-arid, temperate climate characterized by four distinct seasons: a cold, snowy winter; a hot, dry summer; and two relatively wet transition periods.
  • Airports - Salt Lake City International Airport is a joint civil-military airport located about 6.4 km west of Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Salt Lake City, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Salt Lake City Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -3° C
Feb 1° C
Mar 5° C
Apr 9° C
May 15° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 18° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 4° C
Dec -2° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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261116222833312619103
Low
°C
-8-5-12712161593-2-7
High
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364352617282918879665037
Low
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182330364554615948372819

Where to Next?

5 Reviews on Salt Lake City

  1. Too opinionated. Lacking any substantial facts.

    Too opinionated. Lacking any substantial facts.

  2. Natural disasters section is completely irrelevant.

    Natural disasters section is completely irrelevant. None of those things are real issues here in Utah, and definitely not something a tourist would need to be worried about. Ever. I’ve lived here for 28+ years and have never encountered one of those issues.

  3. A true gem

    Salt Lake City has a breathtaking setting nestled right up against the mountains with easy access to world class ski resorts and a number of amazing natural attractions and wide open spaces. It is one of the prettiest cities that you may ever visit. It is the capitol city and headquarters of the Mormon church, so this city is very clean and the residents take a lot of pride in keeping it clean and safe. The city also has plenty of great moderately priced restaurants. You can find great mexican food, and great offerings of all ethnicities. Salt Lake is more of a melting pot than you might imagine. The church draws faithful from all over the world to live there and they bring their culture and cuisine with them. Also because so many have served missions in various parts of the world, it is also very likely to find someone who speaks just about any language you can imagine. This city is capable of accomidating travelers needs as a major tourist destination, hub for Delta airlines, and host of the 2002 winter Olympics. It is a smaller city that packs a big punch!

  4. What an amazing place!

    Many people have heard about Salt Lake City but have no idea how beautiful this place actually is. It’s really special. The mountains are amazing and skiing here is different (in a good way) than anywhere else. Like someone said “it’s a smaller city that packs a big punch!” I would say a HUGE punch!

  5. T
    Timothy says:

    SLC, a city that wears many hats

    Normal street smarts should be more than enough to keep you safe, regardless if you’re traveling solo or not. I visited SLC alone, with my girlfriend and for the third time we made it a family trip, us two with both our families.

    Depending on the age range you might have to switch from some activities to others but you will never run out of things to do there.

    A huge downvote from me will focus on reckless driving. I don’t cross the road staring at my phone but some of the drivers act like they own the road. Be very careful when crossing a street, especially if you know the driver might not be able to see you that well.

    Rio Grande or Rose Park are what people might call sketchy areas so a walk at night might not be the best idea, solo or not. Pioneer Park went through a major overhaul in recent years and locals say it’s safer than it used to be but I still avoid it due to the ongoing drug dealers meetings.

    Public transport is excellent and affordable, that’s if you don’t rent a car. Went both ways, no problem with either of these, but the car gave us access to routes public transportation doesn’t reach. If you opt for a car rental I would 100% keep all my belongings out of sight and make sure the car is locked and armed, parked in a safe area, preferably a crowded one. While this is known as a safe city, car and property burglaries are way more common than they should.

    Crowded places along with bus & train stations are a haven for pickpockets so do watch your phone/wallet, they swindle you off of your goods in a mere second.

    As a conclusion, even the super unsafe areas in SLC are safer than some very trendy NYC spots #mytwocents

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