These Are The 10 Safest Places In South Carolina For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in South Carolina where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of South Carolina, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Bluffton.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Palmetto State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 55 cities in South Carolina with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in South Carolina

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in South Carolina.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 292 crimes committed in Bluffton which had a reported population of 17,498. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0167 which translates into a 1 in 59 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 55 of the biggest cities in South Carolina to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 55 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In South Carolina".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Bluffton. The most dangerous city in South Carolina? Dillon, where residents had a 1 in 7 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC

Population: 17,498
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,525 (1st safest)
More on Bluffton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in South Carolina for 2018 is Bluffton -- a classic example of everything that makes South Carolina great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 65.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 699 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Population: 84,277
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,700 (2nd safest)
More on Mount Pleasant: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to South Carolina and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Mount Pleasant -- the 2nd safest in the Palmetto State.

Mount Pleasant is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 58.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Mount Pleasant.

3. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, SC
Source: Public domain

Population: 10,032
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,923 (5th safest)
More on Tega Cay: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Tega Cay ranks as the 3rd safest city in South Carolina.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Tega Cay.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Hanahan

Hanahan, SC
Source: Public domain

Population: 22,357
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 196 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,874 (3rd safest)
More on Hanahan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might be surprised to find Hanahan this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Hanahan is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Palmetto State boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 7th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Fountain Inn

Fountain Inn, SC

Population: 8,450
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,881 (4th safest)
More on Fountain Inn: Real Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Fountain Inn, SC.

You get what you pay for in Fountain Inn -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 528 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Fountain Inn residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Fountain Inn in a heartbeat.

6. Clover

Clover, SC

Population: 5,874
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 170 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,179 (8th safest)
More on Clover: Real Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Clover, the 6th safest city in South Carolina.

The town of some 5874 people will have to try and continue to keep Clover a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Clover?

7. Mauldin

Mauldin, SC

Population: 25,540
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,985 (6th safest)
More on Mauldin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mauldin is a feel good story of safety and comfort in South Carolina.

It has 1 in 50.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 473 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in South Carolina.

8. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Population: 14,150
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 240 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,148 (7th safest)
More on Fort Mill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in South Carolina for 2018 goes to Fort Mill. Let's see why.

There were only 34 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 304 property crimes to boot.

9. Clemson

Clemson, SC

Population: 15,767
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 164 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,936 (14th safest)
More on Clemson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in South Carolina, may we present Clemson as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for South Carolina, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

463 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 14th best in South Carolina on a rate basis.

10. Port Royal

Port Royal, SC
Source: Public domain

Population: 12,417
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,263 (10th safest)
More on Port Royal: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Port Royal.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Port Royal residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 32 violent crimes and 281 property crimes in Port Royal; that's really good for a place of 12417 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Palmetto State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bluffton is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most South Carolina residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in South Carolina according to the data:

  1. Dillon
  2. Hartsville
  3. Myrtle Beach
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List Of Safest Cities In South Carolina For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Bluffton, SC 1 5 17,498 142 1,525
Mount Pleasant, SC 2 4 84,277 150 1,700
Tega Cay, SC 3 1 10,032 79 1,923
Hanahan, SC 4 6 22,357 196 1,874
Fountain Inn, SC 5 9 8,450 189 1,881
Clover, SC 6 17 5,874 170 2,179
Mauldin, SC 7 2 25,540 211 1,985
Fort Mill, SC 8 3 14,150 240 2,148
Clemson, SC 9 7 15,767 164 2,936
Port Royal, SC 10 12 12,417 257 2,263
Charleston, SC 11 10 135,153 301 2,485
Goose Creek, SC 12 14 41,540 380 2,202
Greer, SC 13 13 28,927 335 2,533
Seneca, SC 14 8 8,308 421 2,732
Lexington, SC 15 16 20,597 344 2,981
Summerville, SC 16 15 50,154 319 3,592
Simpsonville, SC 17 - 21,223 329 3,609
Irmo, SC 18 18 12,240 539 3,382
Travelers Rest, SC 19 - 5,074 197 4,493
North Augusta, SC 20 11 22,755 215 4,346
Rock Hill, SC 21 - 72,589 615 3,504
Abbeville, SC 22 - 5,177 579 3,843
Greenville, SC 23 22 65,686 607 4,297
Newberry, SC 24 29 10,338 628 4,236
Sumter, SC 25 23 40,864 690 4,076
Moncks Corner, SC 26 - 10,298 485 5,146
Georgetown, SC 27 41 9,044 895 3,560
Hardeeville, SC 28 28 5,893 814 3,801
Bennettsville, SC 29 37 8,514 974 3,770
Conway, SC 30 19 21,874 795 4,644
Easley, SC 31 32 20,911 626 5,571
Forest Acres, SC 32 21 10,654 722 5,275
Gaffney, SC 33 24 12,568 827 4,949
Orangeburg, SC 34 39 13,365 598 7,332
York, SC 35 25 8,058 1,017 4,343
Beaufort, SC 36 36 13,477 630 6,358
Clinton, SC 37 30 8,664 1,165 4,074
Aiken, SC 38 26 30,800 782 5,795
Columbia, SC 39 34 134,489 829 5,482
Cayce, SC 40 33 13,729 1,085 4,821
Chester, SC 41 35 5,462 952 5,327
North Charleston, SC 42 31 110,490 898 5,627
North Myrtle Beach, SC 43 40 15,945 758 7,695
Cheraw, SC 44 44 5,766 849 6,850
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 45 47 5,457 1,447 5,039
Union, SC 46 38 7,981 1,115 5,926
Florence, SC 47 43 38,382 1,062 6,677
Marion, SC 48 52 6,674 913 8,960
Lake City, SC 49 51 6,809 1,879 6,447
Darlington, SC 50 48 6,130 1,109 8,646
Walterboro, SC 51 46 5,253 1,123 8,547
Camden, SC 52 50 7,132 1,570 7,978
Myrtle Beach, SC 53 54 31,864 1,688 13,792
Hartsville, SC 54 53 7,837 1,965 10,424
Dillon, SC 55 55 6,648 1,910 10,905

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