With its lush forests, mountain ranges to the west, and long stretch of picturesque coastline, South Carolina is certainly among the most beautiful of the nation’s 50 states. The Palmetto State has made its mark in America’s history, as well, as the 8th state to adopt the U.S. constitution in 1788 and then the first to secede from the Union 72 years later.
The safest community in South Carolina is the charming coastal village of Bluffton. Known for its historic Old Town, the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina logged crime rates significantly below the state average.
#2 Mount Pleasant, with a population of 84,277, is four times larger than the preceding municipality on the list and the fourth largest in the state, overall. Its rate of just 1.51 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants is characteristic of a much smaller community.
Third on the list is Tega Cay, a planned community near the nation’s border that is the only community over 10K in the state with a violent crime per 1K rate less than 1.
Rounding out the top five are Hanahan (#4) and Mauldin (#5), similarly sized towns with violent crime rates less than half of the state average.
2. MOUNT PLEASANT
3. TEGA CAY
South Carolina's Safest Cities
|Rank||City||Population||Violent crime||Property crime||Violent per 1,000||Property per 1,000|
|33||North Myrtle Beach||15,945||121||1,227||7.59||76.95|
To identify the safest cities in South Carolina, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.