Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Washington DC is an overall safe city, with some areas prone to muggings. With a rating of 69% the US, is ranked 51th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in the touristic parts of DC and some parts of the North Central area. Be vigilant on the DC Metro Subway, there have been reports of mobile phone snatch and grab thefts. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Tourists staying in DC will be fine, but in some parts of the city – shown on the map, there is a high risk of getting mugged in poorly-lit areas between the bars. Do not go there alone, particularly at night.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in DC.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are no natural hazards in DC other than some rare occurrences of strong blizzard.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Miami has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Washington DC is generally very safe for women travelers.