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Safest Places to Live in South Carolina 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

South Carolina is located on the East Coast of the United States, in the southeastern part of the country. It borders Georgia to the south and west and, of course, its sister, North Carolina to the north.

South Carolina is the 23rd most populous state in the country, being home to around 5 million Americans. The capital of this state is Columbia, the largest city is Charleston (around 135,000 residents), while the greatest metropolitan area is Greenville.

The state was named after King Charles I, who formed the colony. The landscape of this state is simply amazing, including a very long coastline, beautiful lush gardens, and Southern plantations. The culture of the state is a mix of colonial, African and European heritage. South Carolina’s economy has been steadily increasing, reaching an annual growth rate of 3.13% and over $183 billion in 2013.

On top of all this, we could say that South Carolina is a fairly safe state. In the period from 2016 to 2017, the violent crime rate rose by 1.2%. However, due to the increase in population, this was a 0.1% decrease in crime rates per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

30 Safest Places in South Carolina 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Isle of Palms 4396 2 0,45
2 Travelers Rest 5183 3 0,58
3 Tega Cay 10763 7 0,65
4 Belton 4402 3 0,68
5 Duncan 3480 3 0,86
6 Central 5180 5 0,97
7 Port Royal 13227 16 1,21
8 Mount Pleasant 89733 138 1,54
9 Surfside Beach 4511 7 1,55
10 Mauldin 25418 42 1,65
11 Fort Mill 18618 31 1,67
12 Simpsonville 22641 41 1,81
13 North Augusta 23161 43 1,86
14 Clover 6234 12 1,92
15 Walhalla 4327 9 2,08
16 Edgefield 4756 10 2,10
17 Honea Path 3782 8 2,12
18 Ridgeland 4072 9 2,21
19 Liberty 3161 7 2,21
20 Bluffton 22578 50 2,21
21 Hanahan 26060 60 2,30
22 Goose Creek 43545 105 2,41
23 Summerville 51565 140 2,72
24 Charleston 137092 415 3,03
25 Woodruff 4253 15 3,53
26 Lexington 21680 79 3,64
27 Williamston 4216 16 3,80
28 Aiken 30881 120 3,89
29 Greer 31722 134 4,22
30 Fountain Inn 8846 38 4,30

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Crime Score in All Cities in South Carolina 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of South Carolina cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Salem 154 0 0,00
2 West Union 319 0 0,00
3 Salley 420 0 0,00
4 Coward 767 0 0,00
5 Quinby 931 0 0,00
6 Gaston 1690 0 0,00
7 Burnettown 2824 0 0,00
8 Wellford 2629 1 0,38
9 Sullivans Island 1942 1 0,51
10 West Pelzer 939 1 1,06
11 Turbeville 792 1 1,26
12 Johnsonville 1493 2 1,34
13 Pelion 701 1 1,43
14 Elloree 652 1 1,53
15 Jackson 1781 3 1,68
16 Elgin 1587 3 1,89
17 Cowpens 2348 5 2,13
18 Ninety Six 2037 5 2,45
19 Chapin 1629 4 2,46
20 Cameron 403 1 2,48
21 Johnston 2327 6 2,58
22 Ridge Spring 755 2 2,65
23 Due West 1289 4 3,10
24 Denmark 2896 9 3,11
25 Branchville 956 3 3,14
26 Great Falls 1888 6 3,18
27 Aynor 904 3 3,32
28 Calhoun Falls 1925 7 3,64
29 Landrum 2586 10 3,87
30 Whitmire 1473 6 4,07
31 McCormick 2446 10 4,09
32 New Ellenton 2164 9 4,16
33 Chesnee 929 4 4,31
34 South Congaree 2466 12 4,87
35 Prosperity 1222 6 4,91
36 Edisto Beach 405 2 4,94
37 Inman 2341 12 5,13
38 Westminster 2536 13 5,13
39 St. Stephen 1828 10 5,47
40 St. George 2163 12 5,55
41 Fort Lawn 878 5 5,69
42 Jonesville 841 5 5,95
43 Blacksburg 1899 12 6,32
44 Springdale 2760 18 6,52
45 St. Matthews 1934 13 6,72
46 Holly Hill 1190 8 6,72
47 Chesterfield 1424 10 7,02
48 Olanta 565 4 7,08
49 Summerton 954 7 7,34
50 Iva 1302 10 7,68
51 Loris 2722 21 7,71
52 Williston 2941 24 8,16
53 Hampton 2527 21 8,31
54 Pawleys Island 106 1 9,43
55 McColl 2014 21 10,43
56 Blackville 2217 24 10,83
57 Allendale 2970 35 11,78
58 Hemingway 405 5 12,35
59 North 719 10 13,91
60 Swansea 941 14 14,88
61 Latta 1296 20 15,43
62 Yemassee 958 15 15,66
63 Ware Shoals 2153 35 16,26
64 Jamestown 81 2 24,69
65 Estill 1807 62 34,31

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Isle of Palms 4396 2 0,45
2 Travelers Rest 5183 3 0,58
3 Belton 4402 3 0,68
4 Duncan 3480 3 0,86
5 Central 5180 5 0,97
6 Surfside Beach 4511 7 1,55
7 Clover 6234 12 1,92
8 Walhalla 4327 9 2,08
9 Edgefield 4756 10 2,10
10 Honea Path 3782 8 2,12
11 Ridgeland 4072 9 2,21
12 Liberty 3161 7 2,21
13 Woodruff 4253 15 3,53
14 Williamston 4216 16 3,80
15 Fountain Inn 8846 38 4,30
16 Saluda 3636 16 4,40
17 Seneca 8371 40 4,78
18 Bamberg 3239 17 5,25
19 Winnsboro 3197 19 5,94
20 Mullins 4350 26 5,98
21 Abbeville 5059 33 6,52
22 Hardeeville 6561 45 6,86
23 Walterboro 5083 38 7,48
24 Bennettsville 7898 64 8,10
25 Pickens 3170 26 8,20
26 Manning 3958 33 8,34
27 Lyman 3557 30 8,43
28 York 8203 71 8,66
29 Union 7748 73 9,42
30 Laurens 8868 86 9,70
31 Clinton 8498 86 10,12
32 Cheraw 5611 58 10,34
33 Bishopville 3089 32 10,36
34 Kingstree 3065 32 10,44
35 Georgetown 8819 98 11,11
36 Darlington 5960 67 11,24
37 Lake City 6668 75 11,25
38 Chester 5394 65 12,05
39 Barnwell 4385 55 12,54
40 Camden 7215 93 12,89
41 Hartsville 7608 114 14,98
42 Marion 6416 98 15,27
43 Batesburg-Leesville 5380 92 17,10

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Tega Cay 10763 7 0,65
2 Port Royal 13227 16 1,21
3 Mauldin 25418 42 1,65
4 Fort Mill 18618 31 1,67
5 Simpsonville 22641 41 1,81
6 North Augusta 23161 43 1,86
7 Bluffton 22578 50 2,21
8 Hanahan 26060 60 2,30
9 Lexington 21680 79 3,64
10 Forest Acres 10375 50 4,82
11 Easley 21203 105 4,95
12 Irmo 12413 64 5,16
13 Conway 24784 141 5,69
14 Beaufort 13920 81 5,82
15 Moncks Corner 11484 68 5,92
16 North Myrtle Beach 16688 105 6,29
17 Cayce 14238 112 7,87
18 Gaffney 12816 104 8,11
19 Newberry 10293 91 8,84
20 West Columbia 17368 181 10,42
21 Orangeburg 12820 170 13,26
22 Greenwood 23265 392 16,85

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Mount Pleasant 89733 138 1,54
2 Goose Creek 43545 105 2,41
3 Summerville 51565 140 2,72
4 Charleston 137092 415 3,03
5 Aiken 30881 120 3,89
6 Greer 31722 134 4,22
7 Rock Hill 74049 361 4,88
8 Greenville 69608 368 5,29
9 Columbia 133540 986 7,38
10 Sumter 39898 366 9,17
11 North Charleston 112840 1039 9,21
12 Florence 37819 362 9,57
13 Myrtle Beach 33687 473 14,04

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

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