How Safe Is Seattle for Travel?

Seattle, United States
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Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest.

It is nicknamed The Emerald City, because it is green throughout, with an abundance of evergreen trees and a gorgeous view of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.

You can find pretty much any environment within two-three hours drive.

Desert, ocean, mountains, islands.

Plenty of outdoors.

Seattle has a lot of really cool things going on every day/night/weekend, and a lot of it is free.

It’s a city for music/art/culture and outdoor adventures

If you’re a foodie, Seattle is a great place.

Excellent seafood, a wide range of world cuisine, beer and coffee culture, and easy access to locally grown fare.

Warnings & Dangers in Seattle

Overall Risk


Since Seattle is a very large city, you should act as you would in all large cities: be cautious of potential danger and use common sense. However, it is mostly safe.

Transport & Taxis Risk


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

Pickpockets Risk


Even though Seattle is not exactly known for pickpockets, it is still recommended to remain vigilant in risky areas and around tourist landmarks.

Natural Disasters Risk


The most likely natural disasters in Seattle are earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. With five active volcanoes in Washington—Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Glacier Peak—the risk of a volcanic eruption is low, but still present.

Mugging Risk


There are some safe areas of Seattle, and then others that are known as hotspots of crime and drug activity. Be careful, Car break-ins and property thefts are a prevalent issue, such as in the University District.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, Seattle 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 Seattle. 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


Seattle 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 Seattle Really?

Seattle is mostly safe but since it’s a large city it’s a bit more dangerous than some other, smaller ones.

Seattle is still safer than most cities of its size.

But it’s still a big city and has a fair amount of petty and not-so-petty crimes.

The Pacific Northwest, in general, has a low murder rate and a low violent crime rate.

Don’t leave luggage, a camera, or an electric tool visible in your car overnight (lock them into your trunk); don’t leave a tavern late, and drunk, by yourself; in certain neighborhoods, break-ins happen occasionally, so if you live there, just put bars on your windows.

The city core is mostly safe before midnight — Downtown, Belltown, the International District, SoDo, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne Hill.

West Seattle is also very safe.

You should probably stay away from First Hill and Pioneer Place is a bit sketchy during the night time.

All in all, property crime theft is the main problem and while Seattle is safer than other big cities and the violent types of crimes aren’t the biggest problem here, shootings do happen and you should be very careful in dangerous areas.

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 Seattle. 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 - Seattle generally has a quite temperate climate, with few days that are unbearably hot and few that are cold. Seattle is known for rainy weather, but it doesn't rain every day.
  • Airports - Seattle–Tacoma International Airport is the primary commercial airport serving the Seattle metropolitan area in the state of Washington. It is located in the city of SeaTac, some 23 km south of Downtown Seattle.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Seattle, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Seattle Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Feb 7° C
Mar 8° C
Apr 10° C
May 13° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 16° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 8° C
Dec 5° C
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5 Reviews on Seattle

  1. Do NOT travel to SEATTLE

    Seattle is dangerous, I live here and looking to get out.

    It is lawless.

    Do not travel to Seattle unless you need to and then don’t bring any children or loved ones here with you.

    It’s extremely overpriced (they are very grandiose minded), the people are wacked, it’s dangerous and it is filthy.

    Low quality and high priced.

    This city is like something out of the Twilight Zone.

    They are going to do a big ole protest again tomorrow over Iraq, yet people get assaulted on the buses and trains… if you call 911 during an assault… the police will not respond.

    You actually have to dial a seven-digit number to contact the King County Sheriff’s department for help.

    Most citizens in this city don’t even know this… this city is foul.

    They will protect anything that is pro American, but they won’t stand up to local assaults on citizens with no police response.

    It is a very sick city full of idiots and sickos.

    The city council vote was rigged and I know it…the city is criminal from the people in power to the people on the streets.

    Good luck getting the truth from travel sites… because they don’t allow the truth about Seattle.

    This post won’t be approved to be posted because they don’t want to hurt tourism yet placing people and their families in danger.

    It’s all controlled, with no real freedom of speech or a real assessment of the city.

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    Matt Jennings says:

    Mostly Safe

    I’ve lived in various parts of Seattle in the past and now live in Redmond (suburb of Seattle). Please disregard the post from “KM” with the “Do NOT travel to SEATTLE”.

    Most neighborhoods in Seattle are very safe. The key is to use street smarts, especially at night. For example, when walking around at night look over your shoulder and project confidence.

    Some neighborhoods in Seattle that are extremely safe, including at night are:
    Madison Park
    Phinney Ridge

    Neighborhoods that I’d use caution in at night are:
    International District/Chinatown
    Rainier Beach

    Yet, during the day there are no unsafe neighborhoods in Seattle.

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    Tom Blum says:


    I have lived in and around Seattle for almost 50 years. It has gotten ugly and has lost its charm.
    Drug addition and useage is open and common…basically ignored by the police.
    Homelessness and mental health issues are prevelant. Criminal activity to support drug addiction is prevelant.
    When I lived in Seattle in the 1970s it was a lot safer. Today I hesitate to go downtown areas during the day. I avoid night whenever possible.

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    Jolene Smith says:

    Very Safe

    Ignore the people saying Seattle is “sooo dangerous”. It is not unlike any other big city; it has its problems with drugs, homelessness, and crime. However, just like any other city it has wonderful, very safe parts as well. As a woman who lived in the Seattle area for over 20 years, I felt safe busing into Seattle and visiting Pike Place Market alone. If walking with a group of girlfriends, and using common sense and avoid sketchy allies/dark empty side streets etc, I felt perfectly safe at night. Come see the Troll, visit Alki Beach, wander Pike Place, and bring your children and friends. You will be perfectly fine.

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    Dan Oslow says:


    I am a street photographer so with this I have spent a ton of time in some of Seattles nicest areas but also have spent a lot of time in its deepest darkest corners. Do I consider Seattle a safe city? No, not by any means is it a safe city especially in the current political climate. The city was ok with a large radical group literally taking over a section of the city and deeming it an “Autonomous Zone” that quickly turned ugly. People were murdered in this zone, they allowed no police in this zone, individuals were sexually assaulted in this zone, businesses absolutely demolished, crime ran rampant. And overall the city of Seattle was ok with it. Seattle is NOT safe to be in period. I’d suggest not coming here.

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