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Safest Places to Live in South Carolina ( 2017 Updated ! )

South Carolina is located on the East Coast of the United States, in the southeastern pat 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 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 2015 to 2016, violent crime rate rose by 1.8%. However, due to the increase in its population, this is only a 0.5% increase per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. 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 population under 3,000.

 

20 Safest Places in South Carolina 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Isle of Palms 4,419 0 0.00
2 Tega Cay 10,032 8 0.80
3 Surfside Beach 4,372 5 1.14
4 Edgefield 4,762 6 1.26
5 Bluffton 17,498 25 1.43
6 Mount Pleasant 84,277 127 1.51
7 Clemson 15,767 26 1.65
8 Clover 5,874 10 1.70
9 Duncan 3,350 6 1.79
10 Fountain Inn 8,450 16 1.89
11 Hanahan 22,357 44 1.97
12 Travelers Rest 5,074 10 1.97
13 Mauldin 25,540 54 2.11
14 North Augusta 22,755 49 2.15
15 Fort Mill 14,150 34 2.40
16 Liberty 3,242 8 2.47
17 Port Royal 12,417 32 2.58
18 Belton 4,374 12 2.74
19 Williston 3,007 9 2.99
20 Charleston 135,153 408 3.02

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in South Carolina

In case your city didn’t make it to top 20, 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 Elite Personal Finance 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 Due West 1,238 0 0.00
2 Prosperity 1,204 0 0.00
3 Quinby 947 0 0.00
4 Scranton 864 0 0.00
5 Coward 749 0 0.00
6 Olanta 571 0 0.00
7 Society Hill 545 0 0.00
8 Briarcliffe Acres 544 0 0.00
9 Edisto Beach 415 0 0.00
10 Cameron 414 0 0.00
11 Atlantic Beach 394 0 0.00
12 Eutawville 305 0 0.00
13 Gifford 270 0 0.00
14 Perry 236 0 0.00
15 Salem 148 0 0.00
16 Jamestown 82 0 0.00
17 Whitmire 1,466 1 0.68
18 Pacolet 2,373 2 0.84
19 Branchville 983 1 1.02
20 Sullivans Island 1,940 2 1.03
21 Chesnee 907 1 1.10
22 Johnsonville 1,509 2 1.33
23 Pelion 708 1 1.41
24 Elloree 677 1 1.48
25 Wellford 2,549 4 1.57
26 South Congaree 2,404 4 1.66
27 Jackson 1,774 3 1.69
28 Cowpens 2,288 4 1.75
29 Burnettown 2,795 5 1.79
30 Campobello 532 1 1.88
31 Chesterfield 1,450 3 2.07
32 Pine Ridge 2,263 5 2.21
33 Hemingway 427 1 2.34
34 Gaston 1,662 4 2.41
35 Turbeville 798 2 2.51
36 Chapin 1,578 4 2.53
37 Inman 2,294 6 2.62
38 Ridge Spring 748 2 2.67
39 Westminster 2,493 8 3.21
40 Fort Lawn 862 3 3.48
41 Johnston 2,345 9 3.84
42 Landrum 2,517 10 3.97
43 Springfield 499 2 4.01
44 Cottageville 733 3 4.09
45 Lane 471 2 4.25
46 Harleyville 699 3 4.29
47 Aynor 689 3 4.35
48 Ninety Six 2,050 9 4.39
49 St. George 2,197 10 4.55
50 Wagener 827 4 4.84
51 Lamar 968 5 5.17
52 Great Falls 1,923 10 5.20
53 McCormick 2,540 14 5.51
54 Holly Hill 1,230 7 5.69
55 Elgin 1,510 9 5.96
56 St. Matthews 1,978 12 6.07
57 Swansea 904 6 6.64
58 Blacksburg 1,889 13 6.88
59 Iva 1,288 9 6.99
60 Andrews 2,894 21 7.26
61 Summerton 959 7 7.30
62 Greeleyville 405 3 7.41
63 West Pelzer 914 7 7.66
64 Springdale 2,814 22 7.82
65 Ehrhardt 499 4 8.02
66 North 737 6 8.14
67 Santee 930 8 8.60
68 Ware Shoals 2,175 19 8.74
69 Hampton 2,637 24 9.10
70 Pageland 2,745 25 9.11
71 St. Stephen 1,829 17 9.29
72 West Union 313 3 9.58
73 Blackville 2,273 23 10.12
74 New Ellenton 2,134 23 10.78
75 McColl 2,049 23 11.22
76 Nichols 356 4 11.24
77 Loris 2,630 32 12.17
78 McBee 853 11 12.90
79 Latta 1,345 20 14.87
80 Jonesville 856 18 21.03
81 Estill 1,933 60 31.04

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Isle of Palms 4,419 0 0.00
2 Surfside Beach 4,372 5 1.14
3 Edgefield 4,762 6 1.26
4 Clover 5,874 10 1.70
5 Duncan 3,350 6 1.79
6 Fountain Inn 8,450 16 1.89
7 Travelers Rest 5,074 10 1.97
8 Liberty 3,242 8 2.47
9 Belton 4,374 12 2.74
10 Williston 3,007 9 2.99
11 Walhalla 4,254 14 3.29
12 Ridgeland 3,991 14 3.51
13 Seneca 8,308 35 4.21
14 Lyman 3,456 15 4.34
15 Williamston 4,161 19 4.57
16 Honea Path 3,737 19 5.08
17 Bamberg 3,341 17 5.09
18 Abbeville 5,177 30 5.79
19 Woodruff 4,137 24 5.80
20 Denmark 3,274 19 5.80
21 Saluda 3,603 22 6.11
22 Hardeeville 5,893 48 8.15
23 Pickens 3,183 26 8.17
24 Cheraw 5,766 49 8.50
25 Georgetown 9,044 81 8.96
26 Marion 6,674 61 9.14
27 Kingstree 3,155 29 9.19
28 Chester 5,462 52 9.52
29 Winnsboro 3,316 32 9.65
30 Bennettsville 8,514 83 9.75
31 York 8,058 82 10.18
32 Mullins 4,491 49 10.91
33 Darlington 6,130 68 11.09
34 Union 7,981 89 11.15
35 Barnwell 4,561 51 11.18
36 Walterboro 5,253 59 11.23
37 Manning 4,023 46 11.43
38 Clinton 8,664 101 11.66
39 Bishopville 3,237 38 11.74
40 Allendale 3,064 40 13.05
41 Batesburg-Leesville 5,457 79 14.48
42 Camden 7,132 112 15.70
43 Lake City 6,809 128 18.80
44 Dillon 6,648 127 19.10
45 Hartsville 7,837 154 19.65

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Tega Cay 10,032 8 0.80
2 Bluffton 17,498 25 1.43
3 Clemson 15,767 26 1.65
4 Hanahan 22,357 44 1.97
5 Mauldin 25,540 54 2.11
6 North Augusta 22,755 49 2.15
7 Fort Mill 14,150 34 2.40
8 Port Royal 12,417 32 2.58
9 Simpsonville 21,223 70 3.30
10 Greer 28,927 97 3.35
11 Lexington 20,597 71 3.45
12 Moncks Corner 10,298 50 4.86
13 Irmo 12,240 66 5.39
14 Orangeburg 13,365 80 5.99
15 Easley 20,911 131 6.26
16 Newberry 10,338 65 6.29
17 Beaufort 13,477 85 6.31
18 Forest Acres 10,654 77 7.23
19 North Myrtle Beach 15,945 121 7.59
20 Conway 21,874 174 7.95
21 Gaffney 12,568 104 8.27
22 Cayce 13,729 149 10.85

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Mount Pleasant 84,277 127 1.51
2 Charleston 135,153 408 3.02
3 Summerville 50,154 160 3.19
4 Goose Creek 41,540 158 3.80
5 Greenville 65,686 399 6.07
6 Rock Hill 72,589 447 6.16
7 Sumter 40,864 282 6.90
8 Aiken 30,800 241 7.82
9 Columbia 134,489 1,116 8.30
10 North Charleston 110,490 993 8.99
11 Florence 38,382 408 10.63
12 Myrtle Beach 31,864 538 16.88

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of 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.

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