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:
- Dillon (Photos)
- Myrtle Beach (Photos)
- Hartsville (Photos)
- Lake City (Photos)
- Camden (Photos)
- Greenwood (Photos)
- Darlington (Photos)
- Batesburg-Leesville (Photos)
- 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.
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.
Population: 6,618Violent 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
Population: 30,731Violent 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.
Population: 7,872Violent 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.
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
Population: 6,744Violent 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.
Population: 7,075Violent 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.
Population: 23,219Violent 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.
Population: 6,186Violent 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.
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.
Population: 5,250Violent 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.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in South Carolina:
- Tega Cay
- Fort Mill
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