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 definitely a city for music/art/culture and outdoor adventures

If you’re a foodie, Seattle is a great place. Excellent seafood, wide range of world cuisine, beer and coffee culture, and easy access to locally grown faire.

Warnings & Dangers in Seattle

Overall Risk


Since Seattle is a very large city, you should act like 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 areas of Seattle that are safe, 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 in order 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 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 in 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 really the main problem and while Seattle is more safe 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 freezing cold. Seattle is known for rainy weather, but it actually 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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