The Murder Capitals Of South Carolina For 2021

These are the places in South Carolina where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in South Carolina and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of South Carolina?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in South Carolina.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Palmetto State for 2021:

  1. Abbeville (Photos)
  2. North Charleston (Photos)
  3. Columbia (Photos)
  4. Chester (Photos)
  5. Sumter (Photos)
  6. Florence (Photos)
  7. Beaufort (Photos)
  8. Batesburg-Leesville (Photos)
  9. Spartanburg (Photos)
  10. Camden (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in South Carolina? That would be Abbeville with 179.4 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Columbia with 29.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 36 cities in South Carolina where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 21 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Palmetto State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of South Carolina For 2021

Abbeville, SC

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Population: 5,017
Rank Last Year: 37
Murders: 9 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 179.4 (Most)
More on Abbeville:  Data | Photos

North Charleston, SC

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Population: 115,312
Rank Last Year: 18
Murders: 26 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.5 (6th Most)
More on North Charleston:  Data | Photos

Columbia, SC

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Population: 133,790
Rank Last Year: 23
Murders: 29 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.7 (8th Most)
More on Columbia:  Data | Photos

Chester, SC

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Population: 5,368
Rank Last Year: 19
Murders: 5 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 93.1 (2nd Most)
More on Chester:  Data | Photos

Sumter, SC

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Population: 39,546
Rank Last Year: 20
Murders: 8 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.2 (9th Most)
More on Sumter:  Data | Photos

Florence, SC

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Population: 37,640
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 7 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.6 (13th Most)
More on Florence:  Data | Photos

Beaufort, SC

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Population: 13,485
Rank Last Year: 29
Murders: 3 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.2 (7th Most)
More on Beaufort:  Data | Photos

Batesburg-Leesville, SC

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Population: 5,389
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 2 (18th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 37.1 (3rd Most)
More on Batesburg-Leesville:  Data | Photos

Spartanburg, SC

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Population: 37,754
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 6 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.9 (15th Most)
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Camden, SC

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Population: 7,242
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 2 (18th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.6 (4th Most)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of South Carolina

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in South Carolina for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 36 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In South Carolina For 2021

If you're looking at the places in South Carolina with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In South Carolina For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Abbeville, SC 9 179.39
2 North Charleston, SC 26 22.55
3 Columbia, SC 29 21.68
4 Chester, SC 5 93.14
5 Sumter, SC 8 20.23
6 Florence, SC 7 18.6
7 Beaufort, SC 3 22.25
8 Batesburg-Leesville, SC 2 37.11
9 Spartanburg, SC 6 15.89
10 Camden, SC 2 27.62
11 Bennettsville, SC 2 25.89
12 Newberry, SC 2 19.36
13 Fountain Inn, SC 2 19.28
14 Summerville, SC 5 9.45
15 Aiken, SC 4 12.94
16 Charleston, SC 8 5.79
17 Myrtle Beach, SC 3 8.61
18 Greenville, SC 4 5.73
19 Rock Hill, SC 4 5.31
20 Travelers Rest, SC 1 18.73
21 Greenwood, SC 2 8.54
22 Darlington, SC 1 16.99
23 Hanahan, SC 2 7.42
24 Marion, SC 1 15.69
25 Lake City, SC 1 15.29
26 Hardeeville, SC 1 14.13
27 Union, SC 1 13.0
28 Seneca, SC 1 11.73
29 Moncks Corner, SC 1 8.34
30 North Myrtle Beach, SC 1 5.9
31 Simpsonville, SC 1 4.22
32 North Augusta, SC 1 4.19
33 Bluffton, SC 1 4.03
34 Conway, SC 1 3.83
35 Greer, SC 1 3.03
36 Mount Pleasant, SC 1 1.08

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