These Are The 10 Safest Cities In South Carolina For 2017

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

  1. Tega Cay
  2. Mauldin
  3. Fort Mill
  4. Mount Pleasant
  5. Hanahan
  6. Bluffton
  7. Fountain Inn
  8. Charleston
  9. Seneca
  10. Port Royal

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 2015). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 1,204 crimes committed in Tega Cay which had a reported population of 8,609. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.14 which translates into a 1 in 7 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 2014. This left us with a total of 54 places in South Carolina to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 54 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 Tega Cay. The most dangerous? Dillon, where residents had a 1 in 1 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. Tega Cay

Population: 8,609
Property Crime Rank: 1,153
Violent Crime Rank: 51

2. Mauldin

Population: 24,396
Property Crime Rank: 1,102
Violent Crime Rank: 1,306

3. Fort Mill

Fort Mill - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,525
Property Crime Rank: 1,000
Violent Crime Rank: 1,716

4. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,952
Property Crime Rank: 1,117
Violent Crime Rank: 1,534

5. Hanahan

Hanahan - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,707
Property Crime Rank: 1,358
Violent Crime Rank: 2,045

6. Bluffton

Bluffton - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,607
Property Crime Rank: 1,448
Violent Crime Rank: 2,032

7. Fountain Inn

Fountain Inn - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,399
Property Crime Rank: 1,289
Violent Crime Rank: 2,345

8. Charleston

Charleston - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,694
Property Crime Rank: 2,008
Violent Crime Rank: 2,138

9. Seneca

Seneca - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Property Crime Rank: 2,277
Violent Crime Rank: 1,763

10. Port Royal

Port Royal - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,513
Property Crime Rank: 2,020
Violent Crime Rank: 2,284

There You Have It - The Safest In South Carolina

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Tega Cay is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most South Carolina residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In South Carolina

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Tega Cay18,6091,15351
Mauldin224,3961,1021,306
Fort Mill312,5251,0001,716
Mount Pleasant474,9521,1171,534
Hanahan519,7071,3582,045
Bluffton614,6071,4482,032
Fountain Inn78,3991,2892,345
Charleston8127,6942,0082,138
Seneca98,1842,2771,763
Port Royal1011,5132,0202,284
Clemson1114,6642,5861,466
Goose Creek1239,4082,1382,535
Greer1327,1861,9543,022
North Augusta1422,0373,1831,246
Summerville1546,2002,8732,034
Clover165,4422,2893,069
Lexington1719,4472,4222,929
Irmo1811,7042,6143,203
Central195,1603,6811,679
York207,9452,8973,611
Sumter2140,8513,3103,414
Gaffney2212,5623,3323,384
Conway2319,3563,4463,228
Greenville2461,7343,3493,427
Forest Acres2510,5453,4903,199
Aiken2630,1833,5043,248
Bennettsville278,8343,0253,818
Clinton288,5613,2653,638
Lancaster298,8533,3333,556
Chester305,5273,2303,699
Newberry3110,2793,5183,289
Cayce3213,5543,4443,495
Easley3320,3743,7303,048
North Charleston34104,1463,5703,481
Columbia35131,9583,5463,518
Union368,1443,4833,633
Orangeburg3713,6853,5753,588
Georgetown389,0793,5383,700
Beaufort3912,8393,6113,630
North Myrtle Beach4014,8243,8353,308
Laurens419,1223,6353,743
Spartanburg4237,4653,6913,674
Batesburg-Leesville435,2513,6273,821
Florence4438,0003,7883,617
Cheraw455,8003,8023,609
Greenwood4623,2543,7103,763
Walterboro475,3123,7803,677
Darlington486,2123,8063,664
Camden496,9823,8073,734
Marion506,7933,8233,738
Lake City516,7283,7913,793
Hartsville527,8513,8423,781
Myrtle Beach5329,1983,8553,828
Dillon546,7053,8513,848

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