These Are The 10 Safest Cities In South Carolina

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

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

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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 (2014). 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 13 crimes committed in Tega Cay which had a reported population of 8,625. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00151 which translates into a 1 in 663 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 47 places in South Carolina to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 47 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? Myrtle Beach, where residents had a 1 in 131 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

Tega Cay - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,625
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 8

2. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,702
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 24

3. Hanahan

Hanahan - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,999
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 30

4. Mauldin

Mauldin - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,869
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 22

5. Fort Mill

Fort Mill - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,659
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 32

6. Charleston

Charleston - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,867
Property Crime Rank: 18
Violent Crime Rank: 27

7. Fountain Inn

Fountain Inn - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,073
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 43

8. Port Royal

Port Royal - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,749
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 37

9. Seneca

Seneca - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,222
Property Crime Rank: 23
Violent Crime Rank: 45

10. Bluffton

Bluffton - Safest Places In South Carolina
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,755
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 29

There You Have It

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: Marion
2nd Most Dangerous: Dillon
Most Dangerous: Myrtle Beach

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In South Carolina

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Tega Cay18,62558
Mount Pleasant276,702924
Hanahan319,999830
Mauldin424,8691522
Fort Mill512,6591032
Charleston6129,8671827
Fountain Inn78,0732243
Port Royal811,7492737
Seneca98,2222345
Bluffton1013,7554029
Clemson1114,3574523
North Augusta1222,4405116
Summerville1346,8014436
Rock Hill1469,7544259
Simpsonville1519,9186335
Central165,1856925
Gaffney1712,6825668
Forest Acres1810,5985572
Aiken1930,4587844
Moncks Corner209,4716665
Orangeburg2113,8787667
Newberry2210,2478358
Union238,0927283
Greenville2461,9247386
Sumter2541,3417582
Clinton268,5617487
York278,0017095
Cayce2812,9398077
Columbia29134,1248279
North Charleston30105,5948476
Bennettsville318,81164106
Cheraw325,8349874
Chester335,52986102
Batesburg-Leesville345,4359096
Beaufort3513,09010178
Greenwood3623,39692100
Camden377,00310285
Spartanburg3837,7959798
Florence3937,95110389
Anderson4027,13010499
Walterboro415,28711193
Hartsville427,91411394
Darlington436,223107107
Lake City446,735108112
Marion456,774110108
Dillon466,671112110
Myrtle Beach4729,686115111

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