These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Palmetto State for 2019.

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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 for 2019:

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

After analyzing 58 cities in South Carolina, why did Dillon 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In South Carolina

Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in South Carolina for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 58 cities in South Carolina.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 58 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 — Dillon.

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

Dillon, SC

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 6,568
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,359 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,622 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Dillon:  Data | Photos

Dillon may not be the worst place for property crime, but demonstrating one event makes for overall gold in this contest. And a 1 in 42 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.

Hartsville, SC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,769
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,724 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,133 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Hartsville:  Data | Photos

Hartsville is less violent than Spartanburg, but makes up for it with a high rate of property crime.

There’s a 1 in 9.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in a city of 7,769 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.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 33,167
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,576 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 13,058 (1st most dangerous)
More on Myrtle Beach:  Data | Photos

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 7.7 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.

Greenwood, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,329
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,354 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,295 (8th most dangerous)
More on Greenwood:  Data | Photos

One of the few cities on the list with a population over 10,000, Greenwood has seen a decrease in violent crimes in recent years, along with a decrease in property crime. But even with these improvements, there is still a 1 in 73 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Greenwood, which is a higher chance than some of the previous cities listed.

Camden, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,173
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,561 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,179 (10th most dangerous)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

Camden isn’t great in the violent crime category, with a 1 in 64 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017. 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 2011-2017 period, while property crime has remained fairly stagnant.

Darlington, SC

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,090
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,083 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,226 (5th most dangerous)
More on Darlington:  Data | Photos

Darlington ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in South Carolina because it has a marginally higher rate of violent crime.

Residents of Darlington had a 1 in 92 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder, or assault in 2017, and a 1 in 12.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

Lake City, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,774
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,609 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,451 (14th most dangerous)
More on Lake City:  Data | Photos

Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Lake City isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Lake City residents had a 1 in 62 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 15.5 chance of a property crime, 3rd and 14th in the state, respectively.

Cheraw, SC

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,770
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,213 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,209 (9th most dangerous)
More on Cheraw:  Data | Photos

Cheraw’s violent crime rate resembles something more like a big city than the small town that it is.

The crime mentality of the populous gave Cheraw a 9th place finish for violent crime rank and 9th for property crime.

Florence, SC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 38,449
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,266 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,095 (11th most dangerous)
More on Florence:  Data | Photos

Located in the southeastern corner of the state, on the Atlantic coast, Florence ranks 9th for its danger.

In 2011, Florence wouldn’t have made this list, but a whopping increase in violent crime between 2015-17 changed that.

In 2017, residents faced a 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of violence, which would put Florence at 8th for the year in South Carolina.

Walterboro, SC

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,275
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,023 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,582 (7th most dangerous)
More on Walterboro:  Data | Photos

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.

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 13.2 shot of being the victim of property crime is what keeps Walterboro on the list.

Locking It All Up In South Carolina

The latest FBI crime data shows that Dillon ranks as the most dangerous city in South Carolina for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Dillon and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

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

  1. Tega Cay (Pop. 10,367)
  2. Clemson (Pop. 16,442)
  3. Mount Pleasant (Pop. 87,216)

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Dillon 6,568 2,359 9,622
2 Hartsville 7,769 1,724 11,133
3 Myrtle Beach 33,167 1,576 13,058
4 Greenwood 23,329 1,354 7,295
5 Camden 7,173 1,561 7,179
6 Darlington 6,090 1,083 8,226
7 Lake City 6,774 1,609 6,451
8 Cheraw 5,770 1,213 7,209
9 Florence 38,449 1,266 7,095
10 Walterboro 5,275 1,023 7,582
11 West Columbia 16,426 1,077 6,769
12 Georgetown 9,003 1,421 5,820
13 Union 7,940 1,045 6,146
14 Orangeburg 13,076 948 6,661
15 Marion 6,677 703 9,045
16 Laurens 9,089 1,199 4,962
17 North Charleston 111,305 921 5,652
18 Cayce 14,434 789 5,119
19 North Myrtle Beach 16,422 438 7,782
20 Columbia 134,957 734 5,286
21 York 8,108 875 4,773
22 Anderson 27,728 652 6,008
23 Easley 21,107 592 6,196
24 Sumter 40,747 817 4,513
25 Batesburg-Leesville 5,462 787 4,870
26 Clinton 8,473 1,038 3,764
27 Chester 5,452 788 4,292
28 Forest Acres 10,563 558 6,011
29 Beaufort 13,612 675 4,900
30 Bennettsville 8,127 824 3,974
31 Newberry 10,373 655 4,193
32 Moncks Corner 10,818 443 5,047
33 Greenville 68,922 602 4,107
34 Rock Hill 74,053 633 4,060
35 Gaffney 12,982 716 3,466
36 Conway 23,806 596 3,931
37 Irmo 12,353 445 3,618
38 Hardeeville 6,328 584 3,128
39 Greer 29,585 415 3,576
40 Travelers Rest 5,130 155 4,873
41 Simpsonville 21,829 311 3,486
42 North Augusta 23,198 254 4,095
43 Clover 6,098 409 2,886
44 Seneca 8,389 405 2,312
45 Summerville 50,498 291 3,455
46 Fountain Inn 8,666 346 2,377
47 Lexington 21,434 307 2,999
48 Port Royal 13,161 364 2,302
49 Goose Creek 43,006 376 2,292
50 Central 5,238 114 3,455
51 Charleston 136,845 283 2,297
52 Hanahan 24,487 302 1,617
53 Fort Mill 15,737 266 1,842
54 Mauldin 25,535 254 1,601
55 Bluffton 20,024 204 1,648
56 Tega Cay 10,367 48 2,112
57 Clemson 16,442 48 1,915
58 Mount Pleasant 87,216 189 1,527

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina For 2019

  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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