How Safe Is St Louis for Travel?

St Louis, United States
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St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri and a huge metropolis with substantial cultural significance.

It is located along the western bank of the Mississippi River, bordering with Illinois.

What is unique about the city of St. Louis is that it’s aesthetically completely unmatched in the U.S since it’s filled with green space around its streets.

And when it comes to activities for tourists – there are so many that you’ll need two vacations to see and do the all!

It is said that St. Louis is only second to Washington, D.C. when it comes to the number of free activities you can do during the day.

The most famous landmark of St. Louis is the Gateway Arch, the world’s tallest man-made monument (190m), which forms a magnificent city skyline.

Also, don’t forget the historic courthouse, the site of the Dred Scott decision, sitting right across the way from the Gateway Arch.

You’ll have a hard time missing all those architectural influences like the French Colonial, German and early American on your walks around St. Louis.

Warnings & Dangers in St Louis

Overall Risk


St Louis is overall very safe to travel to. Even though it's sometimes dangerous, and the number of homeless people and junkies on the streets may make you feel uneasy, the criminal activities that occur only apply to dangerous parts of the city, which are rarely frequented by tourists.

Transport & Taxis Risk


St Louis has safe and convenient public transport, though you shouldn't let your guard down. Be extremely vigilant while on public transport and don't linger around the bus, railway and metro stations.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets and purse snatching can be an issue in areas north of Delmar Blvd, on public transport and in crowded places. It is wise to watch your belongings while on public transport or in crowded places.

Natural Disasters Risk


Occasional natural threats exist in the form of an earthquake. This is unlikely to happen, but the last major one changed the course of the Mississippi River.

Mugging Risk


When it comes to mugging, you're not in danger in St Louis, as long as you stay away from the dangerous parts of the city. Violent street crime is not a common occurrence here.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated shootings, St Louis 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


Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in St Louis, too. Homeless people can turn aggressive if you refuse to give them money. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.

Women Travelers Risk


St Louis is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is St Louis Really?

As expected, St Louis does have problems when it comes to safety on its streets.

However, the good news is that a tourist is unlikely to be a witness to any crime or, worse, become a victim of one.

This is because the crime that goes on in St Louis is usually confined to certain dangerous neighborhoods and individuals that know each other from the streets.

The safe areas where tourists mainly go, like Clayton, Downtown, the Central West End, and Forest Park have low crime rates and it’s unlikely that something will happen there.

All tourists should take the usual precaution measures, just as they would in any other city or their hometown.

This means avoiding dark alleyways any communication with unknown people.

You should, by all means, stay informed on which neighborhoods should be avoided due to heightened criminal activities and avoid those neighborhoods.

Such areas in St Louis are north of Delmar Blvd which are much less safe than the south.

However, once again, tourists don’t usually go there, so there’s no need for panic.

Some Metrolink stations are situated in some potentially dangerous neighborhoods after dark.

However, most downtown spots like Busch Stadium, and Union Station, as well as the Saint Louis University area.

Last but not least, be careful of the possibility of an earthquake.

The chance of this happening is low, but St. Louis sits on the New Madrid fault line, whose last big earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River, and many scientists are saying that a “big one” may occur again.

How Does St Louis Compare?

CitySafety Index
St Louis58
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

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, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in St Louis. 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 - St Louis has neither mountains nor large bodies of water in its vicinity to moderate the climate, which is why it has extremely high and low temperatures. Both winter and summer can be brutal for someone unaccustomed to these weather conditions.
  • Airports - St. Louis Lambert International Airport is an international airport serving St. Louis, Missouri, United States. It is located 23 km northwest of downtown St. Louis.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to St Louis, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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St Louis Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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20 Reviews on St Louis

  1. Downtown St. Louis is NOT safe. My family and I have lived in the St. Louis area since 1960, and it’s getting to the point that even during the daytime it’s not safe for a single person to walk around.

    I get the feeling this article was written by the Chamber of Commerce.

    1. Should be on high risk of crime related not fair article for tourists

      I think your probably right

    2. I would agree with the chamber of commerce comment. As a midwesterner I find it hilarious that there is a medium risk for weather, citing earthquakes, etc but mugging, theft etc is considered low risk.

  2. Robbed & Raped

    This is Racist and wrong view of St. louis. “North of Delmar” is mostly Black. That’s why this writer says its more dangerous, that’s not true. You can get robbed and raped in South St. Louis too where its mostly white criminals. Dont buy drugs and dont leave the yellow brick road and you should be fine.

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      Lifer in TheLou says:

      I agree that bad situations can arise anywhere and we should always be vigilant not to characterize certain neighborhoods with a racially-tinted brush, but statistics don’t lie and numbers aren’t racist. The risk of crime is statistically higher in north St. Louis than other sections of town. This is simply a sad fact.

      1. Love St Louis, has some flaws...

        I live in St Louis, and sadly, north of Delmar IS the high risk’s just a fact….societal issues abound, good people in a bad area..downtown overall, I still find pretty safe, sadly because most of the area other than the large venues, is boring….

        1. Can somebody please help me I'm trying to figure if this is a good move to something

          What do you think about somebody moving to St Louis in which part is the good part to move me Columbus square is that a good area for midtown or somewhere around midtown area I’m just trying to get some pointers and I’m looking for a good psychiatrist

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    Kaelin Brown says:

    My father lived in the city of St. Louis before but its violence there and could here lots of gun shooting day & night

  4. R
    Richard says:

    Article is false information

    This article is false in so many ways, this is as updated January 2021 For more information, see our FAQ on how we rank the most dangerous cities in America

    1. Detroit, MI

    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.5
    Your chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
    2. St. Louis, MO

    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.2
    Chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
    3. Memphis, TN

    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
    Chance of being a victim: 1 in 52

  5. “Junkies and homeless” lol I hope the demographic of folks who visit this site for information are just as weirded out by that characterization as I am.

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    Matt M Garza says:

    dumb article

    “Junkies and homeless” are people, too. The crime that often happens in predominantly black neighborhoods is due to poverty, not due to race. When you oppress a group of people for centuries, robbing them of their wealth and human rights, you’re going to create a massive set of social problems that will take decades, if not centuries, to unravel.

    1. Time For Change

      And what political party has been in power for the last 72 years? There’s your answer.


    This review is completely reckless and will put anyone in harms way who follows it’s advice. St Louis is extremely dangerous. It is NOT safe for tourists. NEVER get on the Metrolink. You rated earthquakes as a bigger risk than crime? Are you kidding me? We don’t have earthquakes. We DO have shootings and robberies and murders throughout the city: north, south, midtown, you name it. I don’t know who paid you for this review but it is patently irresponsible.

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    Scared in St. Louis says:

    Number 2 most dangerous cities in the United States! I live here, I know. The first 15 minutes of any local news cast is focused on Homicides from the previous 24 hours. Want your car window smashed out, even in broad day light, just go downtown to see the Blues or Cardinals.
    It’s so sad to say but St. Louis city has become a blight on surrounding towns. Going downtown? Better take your pistol, NO joke.

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    Anonymous says:

    A person is flat-out crazy to park a car in downtown St. Louis. The chances of your car being broken into are very high. Along with Detroit, St. Louis is the city I most dislike traveling to on business. And I would never take my family.

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    Anonymous says:

    Albuquerque is the only red city in us
    rank no.9 in danger by better danger rankers
    st.louis is ranked no.2

  11. Lots to see, but can be dangerous in certain areas

    You can do a lot of things while in St. Louis and maybe that’s why so many people keep visiting it. It’s not the safest city but also not the most dangerous one from what I can tell.

    A lot of interesting architectural influences here which I personally enjoyed a lot.

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    Resident says:

    Not safe. Go somewhere else

    I live here but never go downtown. Crime has been spreading to the suburbs over the years too, making it so bad that people keep moving away from the city and in time away from the state.

    Break-ins, armed robberies, home invasions, shootings, drugs, kidnappings, you name it.

    Minorities are not welcome here, jobs are below average, you can see the effort to revitalize downtown, but you know what they say about lipstick on a pig.

  13. One of the more dangerous place in the US

    St. Louis is indeed a special place, with plenty of things to do (and I’ll share a few of them) but we can’t overlook the elephant in the room here. The crime rate in this city is very high and I think it is one of the unsafest cities to live in (or even visit) in the US at this time. I don’t know if this was always the case or not because I don’t live here.

    I stayed here for 5 days in which I had a chance to see, firsthand, some pickpockets, hear about a rape that happened close by and also a shooting. Plus having talked to a few people that do live here, they said things seem to only be getting worse with each passing year.

    It seems the areas where Black people live are more dangerous but this is probably only because these people are not helped, they don’t have enough money, jobs and such things will always lead to poverty and crimes. It doesn’t matter what color your skin has. But crimes do happen in most parts of the city so you will need to exercise caution wherever you are.

    Ok, now enough of that. Let’s see some of the good things about Saint Louis. The Magic House is a wonderful place to visit with your kids as they will learn about science, computers and will encourage them to learn by engaging with different things. There’s also a special room for babies or toddlers and this room is particularly made to soothe and relax them. For some parents this is a Godsend.

    The City Museum – again, another one that you can go to with kids. There’s a museum, circus, aquarium and the whole thing is something else (when you get there you’ll see what I mean).

    Other interesting places include the Laumeier Sculpture Park, Campbell House Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park or the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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