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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 Bluffton.
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 55 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 2018:
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) 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)
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 59 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 of the biggest cities in South Carolina to rank.
We ranked each city 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".
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.
Population: 17,498 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,525 (1st safest) More on Bluffton:Photos | Real 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."
Population: 84,277 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,700 (2nd safest) More on Mount Pleasant:Photos | Real 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.
3. Tega Cay
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Population: 10,032 Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,923 (5th safest) More on Tega Cay:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 22,357 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 196 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,874 (3rd safest) More on Hanahan:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Population: 8,450 Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,881 (4th safest) More on Fountain Inn:Real Estate | Data
Fountain Inn is a city in Greenville and Laurens counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 7,799 at the 2010 census, up from 6,017 in 2000. It is part of the Greenville?Mauldin?Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 5,874 Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 170 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,179 (8th safest) More on Clover:Real Estate | Data
Clover is a town in York County, South Carolina, United States located in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population was at 5,094 within the town limits. Clover is twinned with the Northern Irish town of Larne on County Antrim's East Coast.
Population: 25,540 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,985 (6th safest) More on Mauldin:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 14,150 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 240 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,148 (7th safest) More on Fort Mill:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 15,767 Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 164 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,936 (14th safest) More on Clemson:Photos | Real Estate | Data
10. Port Royal
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Population: 12,417 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,263 (10th safest) More on Port Royal:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Port Royal is a town on Port Royal Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Largely because of annexation of surrounding areas (including Parris Island), the population of Port Royal rose from 3,950 in 2000 to 10,678 in 2010, a 170% increase. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Port Royal is included within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Port Royal is home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Naval Hospital Beaufort.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Palmetto State
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.