These Are The 10 Safest Cities 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 live in the safest state, either. South Carolina is somewhere in the middle.

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

After analyzing 55 places in South Carolina with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Bluffton (Photos)
  2. Mount Pleasant (Photos)
  3. Tega Cay
  4. Hanahan (Photos)
  5. Fountain Inn
  6. Clover
  7. Mauldin
  8. Fort Mill (Photos)
  9. Clemson (Photos)
  10. Port Royal (Photos)

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

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How we calculated the safest cities in South Carolina

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). 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 60 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 places in South Carolina to rank.

We ranked each place 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 population, is Bluffton. The most dangerous? Dillon, where residents had a 1 in 8 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.

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1. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,498
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,525 (1st safest)

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 Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,277
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,700 (2nd safest)

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, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,032
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,923 (5th safest)

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, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,357
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 196 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,874 (3rd safest)

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

Population: 8,450
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,881 (4th safest)

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 heartbeat.

6. Clover

Population: 5,874
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 170 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,179 (8th safest)

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

The town of some 5,874 people will have to try and continue to try and 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, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,540
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,985 (6th safest)

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 472 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, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,150
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 240 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,148 (7th safest)

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, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,767
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 164 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,936 (14th safest)

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, South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,417
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,263 (10th safest)

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 12,417 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In South Carolina

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.

Most dangerous cities in South Carolina:
3rd Most Dangerous: Myrtle Beach
2nd Most Dangerous: Hartsville
Most Dangerous: Dillon

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In South Carolina For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Bluffton1517,4981421,525
Mount Pleasant2484,2771501,700
Tega Cay3110,032791,923
Hanahan4622,3571961,874
Fountain Inn598,4501891,881
Clover6175,8741702,179
Mauldin7225,5402111,985
Fort Mill8314,1502402,148
Clemson9715,7671642,936
Port Royal101212,4172572,263
Charleston1110135,1533012,485
Goose Creek121441,5403802,202
Greer131328,9273352,533
Seneca1488,3084212,732
Lexington151620,5973442,981
Summerville161550,1543193,592
Simpsonville17 -
Irmo181812,2405393,382
Travelers Rest19 -
North Augusta201122,7552154,346
Rock Hill21 -
Abbeville22 -
Greenville232265,6866074,297
Newberry242910,3386284,236
Sumter252340,8646904,076
Moncks Corner26 -
Georgetown27419,0448953,560
Hardeeville28285,8938143,801
Bennettsville29378,5149743,770
Conway301921,8747954,644
Easley313220,9116265,571
Forest Acres322110,6547225,275
Gaffney332412,5688274,949
Orangeburg343913,3655987,332
York35258,0581,0174,343
Beaufort363613,4776306,358
Clinton37308,6641,1654,074
Aiken382630,8007825,795
Columbia3934134,4898295,482
Cayce403313,7291,0854,821
Chester41355,4629525,327
North Charleston4231110,4908985,627
North Myrtle Beach434015,9457587,695
Cheraw44445,7668496,850
Batesburg-Leesville45475,4571,4475,039
Union46387,9811,1155,926
Florence474338,3821,0626,677
Marion48526,6749138,960
Lake City49516,8091,8796,447
Darlington50486,1301,1098,646
Walterboro51465,2531,1238,547
Camden52507,1321,5707,978
Myrtle Beach535431,8641,68813,792
Hartsville54537,8371,96510,424
Dillon55556,6481,91010,905

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