Isle of Palms Named #1 Safest City in South Carolina Based on 2018 Survey

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The 2018 list of the the Top 20 Safest Cities in South Carolina compiled by Safewise.com has been released and coming in at #1 is Isle of Palms.? Also making the list from the Lowcountry are Mount Pleasant at #6, Hanahan at #11 and Charleston at #20.

Below is an explanation on how the list was determined and a detailed breakdown of each of the Top 20 Safest Cities in the state.

How the List was Selected

To identify the twenty safest cities in South Carolina, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

The 20 Safest Cities in South Carolina

1. Isle of Palms

Population: 4,419
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0
Property crimes per 1,000: 26.70
Total crimes: 0% violent, 100% property

2. Tega City

Population: 10,032
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.80
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.24
Total crimes: 4.15% violent, 95.85% property

3. Surfside Beach

Population: 4,372
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.14
Property crimes per 1,000: 48.26
Total crimes: 2.37% violent, 97.63% property

4. Edgefield

Population: 4,762
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.26
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.19
Total crimes: 15.38% violent, 84.62% property

5. Bluffton

Population: 17,498
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.43
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.26
Total crimes: 9.36% violent, 90.64% property

6. Mount Pleasant

Population: 84,277
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.51
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.00
Total crimes: 8.86% violent, 91.14% property

7. Clemson

Population: 15,767
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.65
Property crimes per 1,000: 29.37
Total crimes: 5.62% violent, 94.38% property

8. Clover

Population: 5,874
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.70
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.80
Total crimes: 7.81% violent, 92.19% property

9. Duncan

Population: 3,350
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.80
Property crimes per 1,000: 28.96
Total crimes: 6.19% violent, 93.81% property

10. Fountain Inn

Population: 8,450
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.90
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.82
Total crimes: 10.06% violent, 89.94% property

11. Hanahan

Population: 22,357
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.97
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.74
Total crimes: 10.50% violent, 89.50% property

12. Travelers Rest

Population: 5,074
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.97
Property crimes per 1,000: 44.93
Total crimes: 4.39% violent, 95.61% property

13. Mauldin

Population: 25,540
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.11
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.85
Total crimes: 10.65% violent, 89.35% property

14. North Augusta

Population: 22,755
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.15
Property crimes per 1,000: 43.46
Total crimes: 4.95% violent, 95.05% property

15. Fort Mill

Population: 14,150
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.40
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.48
Total crimes: 11.15% violent, 88.85% property

16. Liberty

Population: 3,242
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.47
Property crimes per 1,000: 47.81
Total crimes: 5.16% violent, 94.84% property

17. Port Royal

Population: 12,417
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.58
Property crimes per 1,000: 22.63
Total crimes: 11.39% violent, 88.61% property

18. Belton

Population: 4,374
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.74
Property crimes per 1,000: 49.38
Total crimes: 5.56% violent, 94.44% property

19. Williston

Population: 3,007
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 30.93
Total crimes: 9.68% violent, 90.32% property

20. Charleston

Population: 135,153
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.02
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.85
Total crimes: 12.15% violent, 87.85% property

Complete Detailed Report

Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon (Charleston Daily)