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. Or for more reading on safe places to live and South Carolina, 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 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)
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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
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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

Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state's fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. Mount Pleasant is the third largest city in the Charleston- North Charleston- Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston. Tega Cay, SC
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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
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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

Clemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Clemson is home to Clemson University; in 2015, the Princeton Review cited the town of Clemson as ranking #1 in the United States for "town-and-gown" relations with its resident university. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census. Clemson is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Pickens County, which is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion is in Anderson County, which is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton, SC
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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

Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town's original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called "the last true coastal village of the South." Mauldin, SC
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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

Mauldin is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 15,224 at the 2000 census, 22,889 in 2010, and an estimated 25,135 in 2015. It is a principal city of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Fort Mill, SC
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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

Fort Mill, also known as Fort Mill Township, is a town in York County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is located north of Rock Hill. As of 2015, approximately 13,662 people live inside the town's corporate limits with a total of 36,119 people residing within the entire township. Some businesses and residents in the Indian Land community of neighboring Lancaster County often use Fort Mill as their city address as it is the nearest incorporated area, but the official town boundary is located only in York County. Hanahan, SC
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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
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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

Central is a town in Pickens County, South Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,159, roughly 3,000 of which were considered permanent residents. Contrary to its name, it is not near the center of South Carolina. It received its name from its geographic location, being the halfway or central point between Atlanta and Charlotte along the former Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway line. The primary campus of Southern Wesleyan University is located east of the downtown area. Charleston, SC
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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

Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston had an estimated population of 134,385 in 2016. The estimated population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, was 761,155 residents in 2016, the third-largest in the state and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States. Goose Creek, SC
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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

Goose Creek is a city in Berkeley County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 35,938 at the 2010 census. Most of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston is in Goose Creek. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used only by the U.S. Census Bureau and other Federal agencies for statistical purposes, Goose Creek is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.

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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