How Safe Is Tulsa for Travel?

Tulsa, United States
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Tulsa is in the Green Country region of Oklahoma. It is also called “T-town” by the locals and has been called the “Oil Capital of the World.”

The people here love their city and are happy to help you.

Tulsa has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco design in the country and another mid-century architecture, making it a thriving city from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Tulsa can be called the cultural capital of the state, having at its disposal the famous museums, universities, restaurants, festivals, quaint quarters and especially music – especially country and blues musicians.

Warnings & Dangers in Tulsa

Overall Risk


In general, Tulsa is a reasonably safe city. There may be some problems in specific areas related to theft. If you keep track of your things and do not walk around the town late at night, you can avoid most of the problems.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation is pretty safe. But you must be sure to keep an eye on your things. Take a taxi to return to the hotel late in the evening. Use only licensed taxi services.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are not a big problem in the city. However, they are found in crowded tourist places, at bazaars, train stations. Just use common sense and watch out for your belongings and surroundings.

Natural Disasters Risk


There is a tornado season in Tulsa. It usually begins in late spring or early summer. The city has a warning system in case of this natural disaster. Check the weather conditions before you travel here.

Mugging Risk


The risk of severe robberies in Tulsa is negligible. Attacks with the purpose of theft are possible in unsafe areas of the city; tourists should better avoid them. Use common sense and do not walk alone through the streets of the town late at night.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorists can try to carry out attacks in the Tulsa region. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and be vigilant at all times. Study the political environment before your trip here.

Scams Risk


Fraud in Tulsa is not shared. Most often, there are cases of online fraud or telephone fraud. The purpose of the scammers, in this case, is to find out your personal information and information on your cards. Do not share your personal information with strangers.

Women Travelers Risk


Women can travel safely to Tulsa if they follow specific safety rules. It is not recommended for walking alone after sunset. Do not attract attention to your clothing, behavior, or expensive jewelry. Do not leave personal items unattended.

So... How Safe Is Tulsa Really?

Tulsa is a reasonably safe city.

The crime index is low here.

The biggest problems are related to vandalism and theft.

Tulsa is a highly segregated city, and racial tension is high here. However, as a rule, on any day of the town, you can safely travel during the day.

Take precautions as in any other major American city.

Late at night, do not walk in the area north of Pine Street and west of the airport has a reputation for gang activity and very high racial stress.

However, Gilcrease Hills, Reservoir Hill, and Brady Heights are usually safe.

The area, located east of the city center and north of 15th Street, especially along 11th Street near Hillcrest Hospital, you can often find some bandits and prostitution.

Caution should be exercised in the western areas of Tulsa in Carbondale and Oakhurst, as these areas have a reputation for drug use.

As in any other city, if you use public transport, be careful about your things.

Always keep everything with you, and do not leave things unattended.

The city also has problems with the homeless, but they usually behave harmlessly.

There are tornadoes in Tulsa, and in this connection, alerts in the form of alarms often work in the city.

Tornado season usually occurs in spring and early summer, but they can occur at any time of the year.

How Does Tulsa Compare?

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

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Tulsa for ideal weather are April to June. The average temperatures in Tulsa vary drastically, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.
  • Airports - Tulsa International Airport is a civil-military airport 8 km northeast of downtown Tulsa, in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is on the northwest side of the airport.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Tulsa Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 3° C
Feb 6° C
Mar 11° C
Apr 16° C
May 21° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 17° C
Nov 10° C
Dec 5° C
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2 Reviews on Tulsa

  1. tips from an actual resident of tulsa

    hi there, unlike the authors of this article, i reside in tulsa and can give you some tips:

    pickpocketing, scamming and especially terrorism are basically non-existent here. my parents and i had a nice giggle when reading that we had a “medium terrorism rate”.

    really, tulsa has some really cool stuff and would be an ideal trip for the weekend. great food, numerous museums, gorgeous nature nearby, critically acclaimed parks and more; i can see it becoming a tourist hotspot as the city continues to develop.

    here’s what you need to know:
    + be careful on the outskirts, especially the north side. while the situation is improving, some neighborhoods are dominated by gangs.

    + don’t be afraid to ask for help. a majority of our residents (especially the chatty older folk, god bless them) would love to help you out.

    + follow the golden rule (as you would anywhere).

    a majority of our cool attractions can be found by our google search, some you may have to ask around for, though. if you have a reddit account /r/tulsa is a pretty well maintained subreddit and i’m sure they could advise you on some hidden gems.

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    Ann Lazar says:

    Oh, please! Stop with the terrorism, pick pocketing, assaulting! Ridiculous! My husband and I are long time Tulsans, in excess of seventy years, there is no trouble as long as you keep your wits about you! Tulsa is a beautiful small city! Relax, see the sights, enjoy our city! Our museums, our restaurants, our diversity, our beauty and friendliness! Tulsa, OK is a great place to be!

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