These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Palmetto State for 2017.

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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. Dillon (Photos)
  2. Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  3. Hartsville (Photos)
  4. Marion
  5. Lake City (Photos)
  6. Camden (Photos)
  7. Greenwood (Photos)
  8. Darlington (Photos)
  9. Batesburg-Leesville (Photos)
  10. Walterboro (Photos)

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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in South Carolina for 2017?

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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.

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 56 cities in South Carolina.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 56 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.

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1. Dillon

Dillon, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,618
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,070
Property Crimes Per 100k: 12,254
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 48 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.

2. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,731
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,574
Property Crimes Per 100k: 14,386
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 7.0 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.

3. Hartsville

Hartsville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,872
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,359
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,010
Hartsville is less violent than Spartanburg, but makes up for it with a high rate of property crime.

There’s a 1 in 10.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in a city of 7,872 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.

4. Marion


Population: 6,710
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,192
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,986
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 80 violent crimes in a town of only 6,710 in 2015.

5. Lake City

Lake City, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,744
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,438
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,621
Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2013-15indicates that Lake City isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Lake City residents had a 1 in 69 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 13.1 chance of a property crime, 5th and 9th in the state, respecitvely.

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6. Camden

Camden, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,075
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,144
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,943
Camden isn’t great in the violent crime category, with a 1 in 87 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2015. 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 2011-2015 period, while property crime has remained fairly stagnant.

7. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,219
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,244
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,511
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 80 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Greenwood, which is a higher chance than some of the previous cities listed.

8. Darlington

Darlington, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,186
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,002
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,082
Darlington is the smallest city to make this list.

And this city in South Carolina has been making great strides to get off this list altogether — the violent crime rate fell between 2013-15.

That’s means residents have a 1 in 99 chance of being a victim of violence in 2015.

9. Batesburg-Leesville


Population: 5,438
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,544
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,682
The smallest city to make this list, Batesburg-Leesville is located 45 miles northwest of South Carolina’s capital, Columbia.

The small city experienced a large rise in violent crime between 2013-15.

Still, Batesburg-Leesville is the 4th most violent place on this list, with residents facing about a 1 in 64 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015.

10. Walterboro

Walterboro, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,250
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,028
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,504
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 13.3 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 2017.

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

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

  1. Tega Cay
  2. Fort Mill
  3. Mauldin

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Dillon 6,618 2,070 12,254
2 Myrtle Beach 30,731 1,574 14,386
3 Hartsville 7,872 1,359 10,010
4 Marion 6,710 1,192 8,986
5 Lake City 6,744 1,438 7,621
6 Camden 7,075 1,144 7,943
7 Greenwood 23,219 1,244 6,511
8 Darlington 6,186 1,002 8,082
9 Batesburg-Leesville 5,438 1,544 5,682
10 Walterboro 5,250 1,028 7,504
11 Laurens 9,194 1,174 5,895
12 Cheraw 5,781 916 7,991
13 Florence 38,183 919 7,540
14 Spartanburg 37,707 1,007 6,319
15 Georgetown 9,028 1,074 5,449
16 North Myrtle Beach 15,518 612 9,034
17 Orangeburg 13,459 906 5,713
18 Bennettsville 8,773 1,595 3,989
19 Beaufort 13,296 910 5,573
20 Union 7,960 967 5,301
21 Chester 5,467 1,079 4,444
22 Columbia 132,495 798 5,437
23 Cayce 13,055 811 5,231
24 Easley 20,676 493 6,572
25 North Charleston 109,051 735 5,299
26 Clinton 8,648 948 4,428
27 Newberry 10,263 623 5,339
28 Hardeeville 5,328 788 4,804
29 Lancaster 9,065 827 4,544
30 Aiken 30,415 598 5,227
31 York 8,107 900 3,663
32 Greenville 63,011 706 4,618
33 Gaffney 12,608 690 4,631
34 Sumter 41,017 707 4,563
35 Forest Acres 10,649 572 5,155
36 Central 5,142 194 6,320
37 Conway 20,938 549 4,661
38 Irmo 12,081 562 3,186
39 Lexington 20,399 441 2,892
40 Clover 5,696 491 2,738
41 Goose Creek 41,430 330 2,536
42 Summerville 48,071 237 3,561
43 Greer 28,197 475 2,390
44 Port Royal 12,167 279 2,416
45 Charleston 132,585 257 2,439
46 Fountain Inn 8,254 314 1,889
47 North Augusta 22,531 142 4,180
48 Seneca 8,274 205 2,816
49 Clemson 15,369 162 3,097
50 Hanahan 20,337 240 1,863
51 Bluffton 15,689 229 1,861
52 Simpsonville 20,566 277
53 Mount Pleasant 80,446 165 1,578
54 Mauldin 25,246 146 1,627
55 Fort Mill 13,532 184 1,470
56 Tega Cay 9,501 10 1,568

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Carolina For 2017

  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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