These Are The 10 Safest Cities In South Carolina For 2019

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 Mount Pleasant.

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 58 cities in South Carolina with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in South Carolina for 2019:

  1. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes)
  2. Tega Cay (Photos | Homes)
  3. Clemson (Photos | Homes)
  4. Bluffton (Photos | Homes)
  5. Mauldin (Photos | Homes)
  6. Fort Mill (Photos | Homes)
  7. Hanahan (Photos | Homes)
  8. Central (Photos | Homes)
  9. Charleston (Photos | Homes)
  10. Goose Creek (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and South Carolina, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in South Carolina

Safest Cities in South Carolina Graph

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 2018) 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)
10 Best Places To Live In South Carolina

For example, there were a total of 1497 crimes committed in Mount Pleasant which had a reported population of 87,216. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0172 which translates into a 1 in 58 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 2017. This left us with a total of 58 of the biggest cities in South Carolina to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 58 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 Mount Pleasant. The most dangerous city in South Carolina? Hartsville, 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.

Mount Pleasant, SC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 87,216
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,527 (1st safest)
More on Mount Pleasant: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Tega Cay, SC
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 10,367
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,112 (7th safest)
More on Tega Cay: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Clemson, SC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 16,442
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,915 (6th safest)
More on Clemson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bluffton, SC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 20,024
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 204 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,648 (4th safest)
More on Bluffton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mauldin, SC
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 25,535
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 254 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,601 (2nd safest)
More on Mauldin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fort Mill, SC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 15,737
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 266 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,842 (5th safest)
More on Fort Mill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hanahan, SC
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 24,487
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 302 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,617 (3rd safest)
More on Hanahan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Central, SC
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,238
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,455 (16th safest)
More on Central: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Charleston, SC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 136,845
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 283 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,297 (9th safest)
More on Charleston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Goose Creek, SC
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 43,006
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 376 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,292 (8th safest)
More on Goose Creek: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Mount Pleasant 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. Hartsville
  2. Dillon
  3. Myrtle Beach
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List Of Safest Cities In South Carolina For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Mount Pleasant, SC 87,216 189 1,527
2 Tega Cay, SC 10,367 48 2,112
3 Clemson, SC 16,442 48 1,915
4 Bluffton, SC 20,024 204 1,648
5 Mauldin, SC 25,535 254 1,601
6 Fort Mill, SC 15,737 266 1,842
7 Hanahan, SC 24,487 302 1,617
8 Central, SC 5,238 114 3,455
9 Charleston, SC 136,845 283 2,297
10 Goose Creek, SC 43,006 376 2,292
11 Port Royal, SC 13,161 364 2,302
12 Lexington, SC 21,434 307 2,999
13 Fountain Inn, SC 8,666 346 2,377
14 Summerville, SC 50,498 291 3,455
15 Seneca, SC 8,389 405 2,312
16 Clover, SC 6,098 409 2,886
17 Simpsonville, SC 21,829 311 3,486
18 North Augusta, SC 23,198 254 4,095
19 Travelers Rest, SC 5,130 155 4,873
20 Greer, SC 29,585 415 3,576
21 Hardeeville, SC 6,328 584 3,128
22 Irmo, SC 12,353 445 3,618
23 Conway, SC 23,806 596 3,931
24 Gaffney, SC 12,982 716 3,466
25 Rock Hill, SC 74,053 633 4,060
26 Greenville, SC 68,922 602 4,107
27 Moncks Corner, SC 10,818 443 5,047
28 Newberry, SC 10,373 655 4,193
29 Bennettsville, SC 8,127 824 3,974
30 Chester, SC 5,452 788 4,292
31 Forest Acres, SC 10,563 558 6,011
32 Beaufort, SC 13,612 675 4,900
33 Clinton, SC 8,473 1,038 3,764
34 Batesburg-Leesville, SC 5,462 787 4,870
35 Sumter, SC 40,747 817 4,513
36 Easley, SC 21,107 592 6,196
37 Anderson, SC 27,728 652 6,008
38 York, SC 8,108 875 4,773
39 Columbia, SC 134,957 734 5,286
40 North Myrtle Beach, SC 16,422 438 7,782
41 Cayce, SC 14,434 789 5,119
42 North Charleston, SC 111,305 921 5,652
43 Laurens, SC 9,089 1,199 4,962
44 Marion, SC 6,677 703 9,045
45 Orangeburg, SC 13,076 948 6,661
46 Union, SC 7,940 1,045 6,146
47 Georgetown, SC 9,003 1,421 5,820
48 West Columbia, SC 16,426 1,077 6,769
49 Walterboro, SC 5,275 1,023 7,582
50 Florence, SC 38,449 1,266 7,095
51 Cheraw, SC 5,770 1,213 7,209
52 Lake City, SC 6,774 1,609 6,451
53 Darlington, SC 6,090 1,083 8,226
54 Camden, SC 7,173 1,561 7,179
55 Greenwood, SC 23,329 1,354 7,295
56 Myrtle Beach, SC 33,167 1,576 13,058
57 Dillon, SC 6,568 2,359 9,622
58 Hartsville, SC 7,769 1,724 11,133

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