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:
- Dillon (Photos)
- Hartsville (Photos)
- Myrtle Beach (Photos)
- Greenwood (Photos)
- Camden (Photos)
- Darlington (Photos)
- Lake City (Photos)
- Cheraw (Photos)
- Florence (Photos)
- 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In South Carolina
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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’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.
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.
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:
- Tega Cay (Pop. 10,367)
- Clemson (Pop. 16,442)
- Mount Pleasant (Pop. 87,216)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina
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