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Safest Cities in South Carolina

2019 Guide to South Carolina's Safest Cities

List of South Carolina’s Safest Cities

 

South Carolina has much to offer with many areas that enjoy an outstanding quality of life. 

 

South Carolina Crime Rate

The South Carolina Crime Rate is as follows:

SC Property Crime

South Carolina Crime Rate – Average Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

What are the Safest Places to Live in S. Carolina?

 

South Carolina has a number of communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates.

5 of our Top 10 Safest Cities in S. Carolina had less than 350 property crimes.

Half of the cities had less than 50 violent crimes.

If you are looking for a safe place to take up residence and/or raise a family, this list of safe cities in South Carolina is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in S. Carolina.

The Top 10 Safest Cities in South Carolina

(Population 10K +)

1.   Bluffton

2.   Mauldin

3.   Hanahan

4.   Mount Pleasant

5.   Fort Mill

6.   Clemson

7.   Tega Cay

8.   Port Royal

9.   Goose Creek

10. Charleston

Safest Cities in South Carolina – Video Summary

Bluffton, SC

Bluffton, SC

Population

20,024

Violent Crimes

41

Property Crimes

330

Mauldin, SC

Mauldin, SC

Population

25,535

Violent Crimes

65

Property Crimes

409

Hanahan, SC

Hanahan, SC

Population

24,487

Violent Crimes

74

Property Crimes

396

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Population

87,216

Violent Crimes

165

Property Crimes

1332

Fort Mill, SC

Fort Mill, SC

Population

15,737

Violent Crimes

42

Property Crimes

290

Clemson, SC

Clemson, SC

Population

16,442

Violent Crimes

8

Property Crimes

315

Tega Cay, SC

Tega Cay, SC

Population

10,367

Violent Crimes

5

Property Crimes

219

Port Royal, SC

Port Royal, SC

Population

13,161

Violent Crimes

48

Property Crimes

303

Goose Creek, SC

Goose Creek, SC

Population

43,006

Violent Crimes

162

Property Crimes

986

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Population

136,845

Violent Crimes

388

Property Crimes

3144

Lexington, SC

Lexington, SC

Population

21,434

Violent Crimes

66

Property Crimes

643

Simpsonville, SC

Simpsonville, SC

Population

21,829

Violent Crimes

68

Property Crimes

761

Gaffney, SC

Gaffney, SC

Population

12,982

Violent Crimes

93

Property Crimes

450

Irmo, SC

Irmo, SC

Population

12,353

Violent Crimes

55

Property Crimes

447

Summerville, SC

Summerville, SC

Population

50,498

Violent Crimes

147

Property Crimes

1745

Greer, SC

Greer, SC

Population

29,585

Violent Crimes

123

Property Crimes

1058

North Augusta, SC

North Augusta, SC

Population

23,198

Violent Crimes

59

Property Crimes

950

Conway, SC

Conway, SC

Population

23,806

Violent Crimes

142

Property Crimes

936

Newberry, SC

Newberry, SC

Population

10,373

Violent Crimes

68

Property Crimes

435

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC

Population

68,922

Violent Crimes

415

Property Crimes

2831

More of the Safest Places to Live in South Carolina

Population 10,000+

11-20

Lexington

Simpsonville

Gaffney

Irmo

Summerville

Greer

North Augusta

Conway

Newberry

Greenville

31-33

Columbia

North Charleston

North Myrtle Beach

21-30

Rock Hill

Beaufort

Moncks Corner

Sumter

Cayce

Forest Acres

Anderson

Easly

Orangeburg

West Columbia

34-36

Greenwood

Florence

Myrtle Beach

Safest Cities in S. Carolina – Methodology

 

To determine the most secure towns and cities of South Carolina, our team reviewed the latest complete (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Towns and cities with ten thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data, were considered.

We tabulated both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  In order to reflect the seriousness of the criminal activity, these figures were weighted. Violent crimes were added to property crimes which were factored by .50.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

 

South Carolina Crime Ratings

 

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find some of the safer communities in S. Carolina, this list is a great place to start.

Bear in mind, not every town and city reports their records. If a community did not report their stats to the FBI, they will not be included in the list.  Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.

Additionally, it is important to realize that certain areas inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other neighborhoods. This is especially valid in larger cities. Therefore, make sure to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and communicate with law enforcement to obtain a better overall impression of the security and safety on a local level.

If you are interested in ways to keep your family and home safer, check out our Tips for Better Home Security…and consider a professionally monitored home security system.

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