These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Palmetto State for 2018.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in South Carolina?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of South Carolina — and anyone looking to move to South Carolina — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Palmetto State:

  1. Hartsville (Photos)
  2. Dillon (Photos)
  3. Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  4. Camden (Photos)
  5. Walterboro (Photos)
  6. Darlington (Photos)
  7. Lake City (Photos)
  8. Marion
  9. Florence (Photos)
  10. Union

Why did Hartsville take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or learn more about the safest places in South Carolina.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in South Carolina for 2018?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 55 cities in South Carolina.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 55 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in South Carolina — Hartsville. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in South Carolina.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in South Carolina.

1. Hartsville

Hartsville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,837
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,965
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,424
Hartsville is less violent than Spartanburg, but makes up for it with a high rate of property crime.

There’s a 1 in 9.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in a city of 7,837 people, so chances are everyone here knows someone who’s been a victim. but, like most of the other cities on this list, both violent and property crimes have been decreasing.

2. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,648
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,910
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,905
Dillon may not be the worst place for property crime, but demonating one event makes for overall gold in this contest. And a 1 in 52 chance of being the victim of a violent crime is super high, especially for South Carolina.

Dillon is a small city of less than 10,000 people, like most of the cities you’ll see on this list, meaning you might wanna stick to crowds if you end up here when you’re in the Palmetto state.

Dillon also finished as the most dangerous in last year’s list.

3. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,864
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,688
Property Crimes Per 100k: 13,792
Folks on the East Coast love vacationing in Myrtle Beach — lovely beaches and boardwalks make it seem quite a safe summer retreat.

Yet a roughly 1 in 7.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime makes it one of the few places where wearing a wallet chain may not be a bad idea. And unfortunately for residents and vacationers alike, both violent and property crime has been steadily rising over the past few years.

4. Camden

Camden, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,132
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,570
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,978
Camden isn’t great in the violent crime category, with a 1 in 63 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016. On average, though, the amount of property crime is about the same as other places on the list, despite Camden’s larger population.

Unlike most other cities on this list, Camden has experienced an increase in violent crime over the 2011-2016 period, while property crime has remained fairly stagnant.

5. Walterboro

Walterboro, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,253
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,123
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,547
The third smallest city in the state and one of the smallest city on this list, Walterboro shows that small cities can be more dangerous than the big ones.

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There’s less than a 1% chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Walterboro, which is better than most cities on this list. A 1 in 11.7 shot of being the victim of property crime is what keeps Walterboro on the list.

6. Darlington


Population: 6,130
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,109
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,646
Darlington, a representive from Darlington County finds itself as one of the most dangerous cities in South Carolina.

Darlington’s ranking for violent crime and property were 10th and 5th, respectively.

Darlington is a bit off the beaten path, yet it still manages its fair share of crime.

7. Lake City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,809
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,879
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,447
Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2014-16indicates that Lake City isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Lake City residents had a 1 in 53 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 15.5 chance of a property crime, 3rd and 12th in the state, respecitvely.

8. Marion


Population: 6,674
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 913
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,960
Compared to Myrtle Beach, Marion has seen a continuous drop in crime of late — just not at a quick enough rate to get it off this list.

And with residents still facing a 9% chance of being the victim of a property crime, there’s little cause for celebration. In fact, the latest FBI report shows that there were 61 violent crimes in a town of only 6,674 in 2016.

9. Florence

Florence, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,382
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,062
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,677
The most populated city in South Carolina, Florence ranks as the 9th most danerous city in our analysis.

While the rate of property crime dropped by 12% between 2014-16, violent crime went up by 8%.

This left Florence residents with a 1 in 94 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

10. Union


Population: 7,981
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,115
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,926
The least populated city on this list, Union’s crime rate has gotten pretty extreme.

Between 2014-16, violent crime went up to 89 occurrences, leaving Union’s residents a 1 in 89 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.

Property crime remained stagnant during these years, with residents of Union having about a 1 in 16.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year.

Locking It All Up In South Carolina

The latest FBI crime data shows that Hartsville ranks as the most dangerous city in South Carolina for 2018.

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However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Hartsville’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in South Carolina:

  1. Bluffton
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. Tega Cay

For more South Carolina reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In South Carolina

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Hartsville 1 3 7,837 1,965 10,424
Dillon 2 1 6,648 1,910 10,905
Myrtle Beach 3 2 31,864 1,688 13,792
Camden 4 6 7,132 1,570 7,978
Walterboro 5 10 5,253 1,123 8,547
Darlington 6 8 6,130 1,109 8,646
Lake City 7 5 6,809 1,879 6,447
Marion 8 4 6,674 913 8,960
Florence 9 13 38,382 1,062 6,677
Union 10 20 7,981 1,115 5,926
Batesburg-Leesville 11 9 5,457 1,447 5,039
Cheraw 12 12 5,766 849 6,850
North Charleston 13 25 110,490 898 5,627
North Myrtle Beach 14 16 15,945 758 7,695
Chester 15 21 5,462 952 5,327
Cayce 16 24 13,729 1,085 4,821
Columbia 17 22 134,489 829 5,482
Aiken 18 30 30,800 782 5,795
Clinton 19 26 8,664 1,165 4,074
Beaufort 20 18 13,477 630 6,358
York 21 34 8,058 1,017 4,343
Orangeburg 22 17 13,365 598 7,332
Gaffney 23 33 12,568 827 4,949
Forest Acres 24 35 10,654 722 5,275
Easley 25 23 20,911 626 5,571
Conway 26 37 21,874 795 4,644
Bennettsville 27 19 8,514 974 3,770
Hardeeville 28 28 5,893 814 3,801
Georgetown 29 15 9,044 895 3,560
Moncks Corner 30 10,298 485 5,146
Sumter 31 32 40,864 690 4,076
Newberry 32 27 10,338 628 4,236
Greenville 33 31 65,686 607 4,297
Abbeville 34 5,177 579 3,843
Rock Hill 35 72,589 615 3,504
North Augusta 36 45 22,755 215 4,346
Travelers Rest 37 5,074 197 4,493
Irmo 38 38 12,240 539 3,382
Simpsonville 39 21,223 329 3,609
Summerville 40 41 50,154 319 3,592
Seneca 41 47 8,308 421 2,732
Lexington 42 39 20,597 344 2,981
Greer 43 43 28,927 335 2,533
Goose Creek 44 42 41,540 380 2,202
Charleston 45 44 135,153 301 2,485
Port Royal 46 46 12,417 257 2,263
Clemson 47 49 15,767 164 2,936
Fort Mill 48 54 14,150 240 2,148
Mauldin 49 53 25,540 211 1,985
Clover 50 40 5,874 170 2,179
Fountain Inn 51 48 8,450 189 1,881
Hanahan 52 50 22,357 196 1,874
Tega Cay 53 55 10,032 79 1,923
Mount Pleasant 54 52 84,277 150 1,700
Bluffton 55 51 17,498 142 1,525

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina For 2018

  1. Why in the world did you post a picture of a CHURCH in Dillon, SC??? I am appalled at this choice in an article about crime!

  2. This article is total bullshit! Walterboro,my home, at #7 and North Charleston isn’t on the list. You are only hurting small town economies when you post crap articles like this. I talked to a contractor today that was scared to bring his crew here because of this weak article. This needs to be taken down!! Totally inaccurate and damaging. These small towns should step up against this page of any other outlet that posts this article. Take it down!

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