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.

How Does Seattle Compare?

CitySafety Index
St Louis58
Los Angeles56
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73

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
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Where to Next?

42 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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      David B. says:

      Let me guess: you’ve never even been, and are just parroting what you heard on Fox News. I lived in Seattle for many years, and have many friends that live there. For a city of its size, it’s very safe.

      1. Bla bla bla it has nothing to do fox news at all typical liberals think like that. I’ve been to Seattle several times most places there are very dangerous I would not take my family there. However once you get out of the city it’s relatively safe.

      2. Let me guess you’re a liberal parroting
        Cnn ormsnbc or CBS or nbc.
        I have family living there on both sides of the aisle and they said it isn’t safe and to tell people to stay away until things calm down.

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        Anonymous says:

        I live near Seattle and will not go there. The city has transformed so much over the years and I truly do not feel that it is safe. It wreaks of urine and is unsanitary! It is full of homeless and needles are everywhere! The leadership of this city has destroyed the once emerald city!

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        Not the bluest skies anymore says:

        Avoid Seattle

        David B. , claiming that Seattle is “very safe,” is purposely putting potential visitors in danger.
        Seattle is falling apart, and businesses are closing because of the crime and lawlessness.

    2. Thank you for your honesty

    3. You are wrong Seattle is super safe I lived in Seattle my whole life nothing that bad has happend only some mass shootings

    4. A terrible city

      I also lived here for 20 years, went to the schools, worked here, I agree… Avoid Seattle. This city was okay until around 2015, then all hell broke loose. This city is everything that is wrong with America. Rampant crime, filthy streets, abandoned buildings, high prices, and an insufferable populace. Here is the shocker– I was liberal and left leaning for all my life until recently. The people who disagree live in the nice places far away from the city center and have absolutely no idea on how awful life has become for the rest of us. Godspeed, KM, I hope you can get out of here, I know I am.

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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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      Anonymous says:

      Seattle is very good it’s in King County one of the most growing county since 1999 even though it has shooting and criminal activity it is not UGLY.

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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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      N. Rozhenko says:

      If you have the option, go somewhere else.

      Your local Government let a bunch of teens and domestic terrorists claim an entire neighborhood of your city, I wouldn’t exactly call that safe.

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        S. Ballard says:

        Inaccurate and useless

        Literally nothing in this posts is factual/accurate. If referring to the “CHAZ/CHOP”, it was 1.) not specifically (or even generally) teenagers, 2.) not deemed “domestic terrorism” by any reputable source/group, 3.) most definitely not an “entire neighborhood”, but rather a park and the surrounding few blocks. Silly, for sure, but wildly overstated in certain corners of the news media.

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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.

  6. Not safe at all

    I’ve lived here for almost 2 decades. This city has hit the bottom and the police never do anything about the breakins, looting, theft, personal property crimes, rape, assault, or anything of the sort. I’ve been broken into 3x in a supposedly good neighborhood…2x in broad daylight . Don’t come here for the decent prices either. Not gonna find any. Just homelessness, traffic, drug use, and crime

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    A grown up says:

    LOL at these reviews

    These reviews are nuts. Crime levels are extremely low in Seattle. I walk around after midnight, by myself, near downtown, all the time. It’s as safe as it’ll get. Re: CHAZ, I went several times, it was very safe until, like, 3AM. It doesn’t exist anymore. What’s the concern?

    1. Stay away from Seattle

      You are either ignorant and probably a Seattle Business owner. 14 thousand homeless, legal drugs of 30 grams of crack, 168 officers quit, revolving door for criminals,
      600 criminal released from the prison, Crimes that won’t be booked include shoplifting, property damage under $750, physical abuse, assault or obstructing a law enforcement officer, trespassing, and vehicle prowling. 1300 criminal with over 35 arrest and no conviction. Wake up!!!!

    2. Yes finally someone knows Seattle is perfect and pretty

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    Marky B says:

    Kind of Safe

    Beautiful city. Pike place, the UW, Arboretum, Discovery Park, lots of great beaches in the summer. What people are saying about crime and homeless is also true.

    We have a useless city government, particularly city council, that constantly is doing knee-jerk things to satisfy our delusional progressive social justice warrior population. The most obvious result is the massive homeless problem, lots of property crime, and a seriously demoralized police force. Although I wouldn’t say you’ll ever be in physical danger, there is a decent chance you car is going to get broken into, or you’ll see unpredictable, wacked out of their minds, homeless people. Vote for shitty politicians get shitty results.

    If you visit during the day though you’ll be fine, try to get out and go over to the Olympics or up to the Cascades if you can, you’re in a pretty part of the world.

  9. No thank you.

    Um , no thanks. I’ll pass. Been there, the scenery and parks are gorgeous, but not nice enough to make me risk my life going there. I want police coverage. I want to know if I was being robbed ( or worse) I could call 911 and someone would help me. I don’t need your drugs, or your coffee, or your autonomous crap. I like my freedom of speech, and press, and pursuits of happiness and other cities have those.

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      Anonymous says:

      you haven’t even been to Seattle so why reject it i have lived here with my family since the 80’s and its nice sure there are homeless people and drug activity but people days are Scaredy cats PERIOD the space needle is pretty safe and at night it looks gorgeous also Kerry park is very safe bring your children and family here for its size i would say its safer than other U.S. cities.

    2. Um, yes please!! Seattle is a pretty liberal city and Bella you’re saying you like your freedom of speech and press and pursuit of happiness – we have all that here – LOUD AND CLEAR. This city isn’t any worse off than New York, Chicago, LA, San Fran and all the other large cities in the country. You find out where you can go and where you can’t. I have worked in the downtown Seattle area for more than 20 years and I love it! The city hs it’s own special buzz that is coming back after covid. Its beautiful, the surroundings are amazing – water, trees, mountains. You have culture, technology, outdoors. I’ve traveled a lot and been to many different cities and I can’t see myself living any other place. I would recommend Visiting Seattle!!

  10. Terrible

    it used to be safe, but not anymore. If you move out to suburbs like Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, they are safe, but Seattle is dying. There are so many homeless camps everywhere full of drug addicts and sickos around. You can find needles so easily. I moved to the suburb working remotely. I stopped going to the city because there are so many riots and protests. I got jumped once. glad I am working home

  11. Depends on area.

    Depends, Seattle inner city? Awful, protests and lots of drugs and stuff. Mercer Island and the other areas? Wonderful!

  12. Unsafe

    I’ve lived in Seattle-proper for about 50 years. I am trapped. It is unsafe. Especially downtown. And especially after dark. And especially for women. City council made it so the city is basically lawless. The culture is: to fend for yourself when being mugged or verbally assaulted is considered “inconsiderate” to the person who is assaulting you. The attitude is: criminals are victims and victims should be silent or apologetic. Domestic assault is a huge issue. Property theft is skyrocketing. Anyone who says parks, sidewalks and streets arent overrun with tents, addicts, used needles, criminals, and piles of human feces is lying. If you must visit, for your own safety, stay in a suburb. Do NOT take public buses in Seattle as there is an issue with passenger and driver assaults by people hopped up on drugs and sitting on buses to ‘have something to do.’ Uber is the only semi-safe option.

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      Traveler says:

      “Human Feces” haha…

      This reminds me of a story. I lived in PDX for 5 years and have been to Seattle a handful of times. I had a friend (older gentleman) who came up for his brothers funeral from a “dry town” in Mississippi. The friend remembers the “good ole days” of the 60’s and was fascinated by the idea of legal marijuana and wanted to visit Seattle and go to a dispensary for the 1st time. We went and as we entered downtown off the interstate we approached a red light (downtown/broad daylight). This homeless guy was in the middle of the sidewalk, no cover whatsoever, just dropped pants, squatted and began taking a shit like it was completely normal. I’ll never forget my friends face, his jaw dropped and I said, “Welcome to Seattle”. I laugh every time I even think of that story. Folks are right, the city is full of bums, druggies and hustlers. Very expensive to do anything there and dirty. I don’t think a person would face a violent attack under normal circumstances but you’ll be harassed for money and ripped off for pretty much everything. There are so many beautiful things to do right outside Seattle and in the PNW as a whole, why even want to visit that shithole? I would only use SEA to fly in and out of, rent a car and go have fun elsewhere.

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    Ted Baxter says:

    visit to hell

    Jolene Smith above said Alki Beach was sooooo safe. I was mugged there 2:30pm on a Sunday. the police never came-my memory of this city is a concussion—–I give one star–cant go any lower

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      Anonymous says:

      “My memory of this city is a concussion” OMG!!

      One of the most powerful posts I have read on this site so far

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    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing the “TRUTH’ about Seattle. You know it is a Wicked city when you see cities burning and the reporter is saying NOTHING is going on.

  15. Wont cruise from here

    We love to cruise and there are many cruise ships going out to Seattle. I will never go to Seattle to cruise. It seems to be out of control. The DA doesn’t appear to want to charge people for significant crimes which just encourages more lawlessness. The police have been shut down so much that they appear to be essentially ineffective. I don’t blame the police officers, it’s the political environment that has neutered their ability to respond appropriately. To all those that say the city is as safe as other cities of its size, that is exactly the point. That’s a comparison of dangerous and more dangerous. Those on this website that say Seattle is safe are probably either business owners or employees of the city. There may be a motivation to misinform. Just saying.

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    Cruiser says:

    Won't cruise from here

    My wife and I like to travel especially cruising. I will never travel to Seattle to take a cruise. I suggest all cruise lines reexamine whether it makes sense to entice their clients to cruise from/to Seattle. The politics have neutered the police department to such a degree that the officers are unable to effectively protect law abiding residents or travelers. It’s not the officers fault, it’s politics. Playing with your safety; its’s not worth it.

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    S. Ballard says:

    Relax, take a breath

    For anyone using this to truly determine if Seattle is a safe city to visit, I’d strongly recommend 1.) Using a better, more authoritative source, and 2.) Ignoring the trolls in these reviews who clearly are trying to offer political commentary rather than a level-headed assessment of the safety of the city. That said, visible homelessness and *property* crime are indeed big problems in this city, yet actual violent crime is not very common. Look past anecdotal evidence and headline-grabbers (“OMG, the CHOP!”) and consider the actual data: Seattle is quite safe for a city of its size. Yes, there are risks in certain areas and at certain times of day, but if you take general precautions, it’s nowhere near the level of risk as some on this board make it out to be (seriously, it’s not like Kabul for Christ’s sake). I wouldn’t for a split second advise anyone against visiting Seattle due to safety issues – it just isn’t that bad.

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      Gerry G. says:

      Seattle is dangerous

      Ballard, your urging people to visit the city of Seattle is morally wrong. Seattle is NOT safe, and that applies to ALL areas of the city. Crime, both violent and non-violent, is everywhere in Seattle, and the police don’t have the manpower to protect people, as the police have been told they are the enemy by liberal politicians.

  18. Beautiful city with idiotic leadership

    Beautiful city ruined by foolish politicians. Fine to visit if you are young, healthy and used to dealing with big city problems like street crazies, drug use and petty crime. Not a safe place to take your kids. Could be so much nicer.

  19. Amazing City

    Very good city it’s so pretty and big. It has lot’s of buildings and one of the most growing cites people are just yabbering nonsense just because of they heard on fox news. I lived in Seattle my whole life and it’s super safe

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    Jonathan says:

    It can be great but right now, visit some other place

    As a city, Seattle looks nice and there are plenty of places to go to. But, recently crime is going up at an alarming rate and right now, I wouldn’t advise anyone to travel there. Lots of homeless and the problem keeps getting uglier plus there’s the drug problem. Seattle can become a safe city again but that’s not the care at this time.

  21. Seattle is a nice city with weather I like 🙂

    My experience with Seattle was a nice one. While prices here can be a bit too big sometimes, I won’t hold it against them. I’ve seen a few pickpockets at work but didn’t fall prey to any until now. Guess I was lucky or just paid attention, I don’t know. I know of someone’s phone being stolen but heck, that happens or can happen in any big city so nothing special I think.

    Of course, I wouldn’t go alone in a dark alley at night because you never know what can happen. But from what I can tell, the city is fine and things will be fine if you just pay a bit of attention to what you’re doing instead of having your eyes on your phone like some people do nowadays. If you visit a new place or city, try to pay attention to your surroundings at all times and keep your belongings close and hard to reach for thieves.

    I like the weather in Seattle as I’m a rain fan. I would actually like it to rain more often if you can believe it. Yes, I’m crazy like that haha. There’s plenty to do here, starting with the Space Needle and Seattle Center. There’s a park area here with lots of things to do (restaurants, theaters, sports area, etc). The view from the Needle is pretty spectacular so make sure to try it.

    If you’re into walking and exploring then Discovery Park might be perfect for you. At over 550 acres this place is a giant, with forest, meadows, coastline, all beautiful and all awaiting you to explore them.

    The Seattle Aquarium has a 120.000 gallon tank with a huge window you can look through. You could sit here for 30 or even 60 minutes, just watching all the fishes going about their day. The aquarium has a lot of things to offer but the huge tank is one of its main attractions.

  22. We are taking a cruise to Alaska on June 2022 and would like to spend 2 days in Seattle seeing the sights (Pikes Market, Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens) how safe is the area? I know Seattle has had its share of violence since 2020 but has it calmed down?

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    Anonymous says:

    Seattle is now "the pits"

    I’ve visited Seattle about twice a year for the last forty years for business. It gets worse and worse each time. Downtown looks like a third world country, and many businesses have closed their doors permanently due to the crime. The old Macy’s location is flooded with drug addicts and criminals

    Thank goodness my March 2022 trip was my last to Seattle. The liberals voted for the far-left Seattle city council, so the residents are getting exactly what they deserve.

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    Slim Jones says:

    There are places to go and places not to go. Major tourist areas like Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Seattle Center, etc are safe to go to especially during the day. At night may be a different call. Avoid Pioneer Square at night. The new mayor is trying to clean things up and is mostly succeeding but it takes time. If you’re aware of your surroundings, downtown Seattle is mostly safe. The areas away from the downtown core like Fremont, Ballard, Capitol Hill are perfectly safe.

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