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.
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:
- Tega Cay
- Fort Mill
- Mount Pleasant
- Fountain Inn
- 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:
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
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.
1. Tega Cay
Population: 8,609 Property Crime Rank: 1,153Violent Crime Rank: 51
Population: 24,396 Property Crime Rank: 1,102Violent Crime Rank: 1,306
3. Fort Mill
Population: 12,525Property Crime Rank: 1,000Violent Crime Rank: 1,716
4. Mount Pleasant
Population: 74,952Property Crime Rank: 1,117Violent Crime Rank: 1,534
Population: 19,707Property Crime Rank: 1,358Violent Crime Rank: 2,045
Population: 14,607Property Crime Rank: 1,448Violent Crime Rank: 2,032
7. Fountain Inn
Population: 8,399Property Crime Rank: 1,289Violent Crime Rank: 2,345
Population: 127,694Property Crime Rank: 2,008Violent Crime Rank: 2,138
Population: 8,184Property Crime Rank: 2,277Violent Crime Rank: 1,763
10. Port Royal
Population: 11,513Property Crime Rank: 2,020Violent 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