Is New York Safe for Women? Crime Rate in New York

Safety index

Moderate
3.4 /5

The safety level in New York is considered to be moderate, with an overall safety index of 3.4.

Crime index

Low
2.3 /5

The crime rate in New York is considered to be low, with an overall crime index of 2.3.

Violence index

13.9%

On average 13.9% percentage of women in United States have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life, according to OECD Data.

Crime & Safety Stats

Safety index:

3.4/5Moderate

Safety walking alone after dark:

3.4/5Moderate

Safety using public transport:

3.5/5Moderate

Crime index:

2.3/5Low

Worries of being sexually harassed:

2.1/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

1.7/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

2.2/5A Bit Worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1.4/5Not at all worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

1.8/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1.5/5Not at all worried

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How safe is New York for women?

It’s safe if you’re careful and aware of your surroundings! I would make sure not to be too friendly to strangers and keep in the safer areas at night. Brooklyn and the Bronx are safe during the day but I would be weary as a woman to go during the night time alone.

Posted: July 18, 2024
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Dahlia

Dahlia

I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years and only once had a safety issue at 2am. I live in a crowded densely populated neighborhood in Manhattan so it’s hard for things to go unnoticed. Public transport is safer than most cities I’ve been in and runs 24 hours a day.

Posted: July 12, 2024
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It depends on where you are and how you portray yourself. New Yorkers are friendly, but anything can happen. Be safe, mind your surroundings, be Alert and enjoy your time in this concrete jungle. Lots of things to visit and good food to eat.

Posted: July 10, 2024
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Certain places such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and even certain areas in Queens at night definitely not the safest. You have to be alert and vigilant. When taking the train, any form of transportation, you have to pay attention to your surroundings.

Posted: July 8, 2024
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Cindy

Cindy

As there are many people around all the time, I feel very safe. But I would take precaution to keep your valuables safe, pick pocketing is not a big issue here. When on the subway do not stand too close to the tracks, and to avoid those acting erratically.

Posted: July 6, 2024
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Olivia

Olivia

New York is very safe as long as you stay aware of your surroundings and take normal precautions. There are almost always people around who are willing to help at any time of day. There are also a lot of different languages spoken so if you’re not so comfortable speaking English, usually there’s someone who can still help you.

Posted: July 5, 2024
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I would say that New York is much safer than I expected it to be. People are friendly. People look out for each other. I only feel unsafe on the subway at night, or in certain areas walking alone at night.

Posted: June 25, 2024
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NYC is very safe if you keep your head on a swivel, don’t look oblivious, and move with a sense of purpose. Everyone has their own crazy going on, so you’ll be left alone most of the time! Never been afraid of SA or being robbed in the city.

Posted: June 22, 2024
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The key to feeling safe in NY is looking like you belong and not looking lost or like a tourist. Know the neighborhoods that you are going to. Some areas are more or less safe after dark. If you’re using your phone for navigation take a look before you start walking and always pull over to the side to look at your phone again. Don’t just stop in the middle of a block or sidewalk blocking people’s way and standing out as someone who is lost. But rather go off to the side, if it’s night time always find a brightly lit spot, then you can pull out your phone and figure out where you are going next. Don’t act lost and confused but be confident and you can act like you are waiting on a friend.

Posted: June 19, 2024
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Monica

Monica

If you use common sense you'll be fine in New York City. My neighborhood is very busy filled with restaurants, cafés and bars. There's always people out. I always feel very safe even walking around at night. Of course you don't want to walk down a dark alley by yourself at night or walk near someone who doesn't look safe, I've lived in New York City my entire life and although there is crime, New York is way safer than when I grew up as a child

Posted: June 19, 2024
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Is New York safe to travel?

3.9 /5

Based on 40 experiences

Julie

Julie

Denmark

Solo travel experience

I took a 3 month vacation to New York City in 2013 and it was amazing! The city is enormous and exciting and it truly is the city that never sleeps. I visited all the famous spots, saw a Broadway show as well as some off-broadway ones, I traveled everywhere by subway, And I met some really interesting people. The thing that surprised me the most was how open and helpful the people were, and how safe I felt. There was police everywhere and they were all very friendly. The nightlife was a lot of fun, there are so many cool shops, and there's lots to do. If you plan to visit and see all the famous places I'd advise you to stay for at least ten days. One week just isn't enough unless you're willing to have a very tight schedule with little time for actually enjoying everything, or compromising with what sights you want to see. Most likely you'll only meet very few native New Yorkers. Almost every person I met had moved there either from out of state or from another country, but pretty much everyone was really nice. Be aware that it's a crazy expensive city to visit. You can find restaurants with reasonable prices, but many are pricey and even buying food in a shop to cook for yourself is much more expensive than other places. There are many options for meetups if you're traveling alone and want to meet some other people on the Meetups app/website. If you like going to clubs then you may be lucky enough to meet a promotor who can take you to clubs without paying the cover charge or alcohol and food all night 😉 Bonus tip: If you use golden ticket (I believe that's what it's called) then you can get some really good discounts. And don't be afraid to see something that seems low quality, I saw an amazing and hilarious version of A Christmas Carol off-off-Broadway for about $15. NYC remains my favorite place I've visited and I would have stayed there if I could.

Posted: July 17, 2024
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Solo travel experience

New York was exactly like all of the. Movies and TV shows I’ve seen. It had all the glamour of uptown fashion world in the business community. But right next to it there was lower level housing in a lot of poverty and homelessness on the street. As a woman I didn’t feel entirely safe in the city. I would recommend traveling with a partner.

Posted: July 7, 2024
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Is New York worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 40 experiences

Solo travel experience

I felt completely inspired everywhere I went and looked around. I was only for a short period of time. Definitely need to come back. The experience of moving in the public transportation is great I recommend to buy an unlimited metro card as soon as you arrive.

Posted: July 18, 2024Experienced: July, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 2 weeks in New York. In my opinion, that's the minimum amount of time needed to truly explore the city and go beyond the tourist spots. The city is expensive (especially the food), but as for activities, some can be free on certain days of the month, like the Guggenheim. Also, there are some rooftop bars that offer a great view of the skyline without any charge, for example.

Posted: July 12, 2024Experienced: August, 2021
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 4/5
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