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Safest Cities In South Carolina 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score85
  • Fort Mill, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,181
  • I like everyone else moved to Charlotte because of the booming economy, warm weather and great cost of living. One of my first jobs was in Fort Mill so I was able to meet the community at large. Let me…[read more]
84
  • Tega Cay, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,026
85
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 77,907
  • It is a great place, (mt p), no doubt about it., but I will say I laugh a bit at the folks claiming all the great restaurants in town .. Perhaps that's all the soccer moms wanting a great selection of…[read more]
83
  • Lake Murray of Richland, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,798
80
  • Bluffton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,765
  • Are to looking to visit on vacation? Then your options include bed-bug ridden hellhole motels, poorly constructed townhomes next to trailers bought by out of state investors or a mediocre resort that'll…[read more]
79
  • Lake Wylie, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,472
  • Lake Wylie, SC is simply one of the best places to live, I have lived here for several years and love it. If you love living life on a beautiful lake, this is the place for you. Lake Wylie offers many…[read more]
81
  • James Island, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,844
  • There are a few neighborhoods in this area and some are very nice, while others are not. For example, the Deerwood development is lovely and managed well. However, the James Island neighborhood is not…[read more]
86
  • Five Forks, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,929
  • Life in Five Forks, South Carolina is as fine as wine, as the saying goes. My family has lived here for three generations now, and we think it is one of the best areas in the state of South Carolina to…[read more]
86
  • Hanahan, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,710
  • I came to the Charleston-Goose Creek area for Veterans Affairs visits, but it's also an important place to the Navy. Although the port city isn't military-dominated anymore, it still has a few important…[read more]
74
  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,651
  • Living in Hilton Head can be a headache from April through October when weekenders and vacationers pour onto the island causing the population to tripple. Only 20 miles from Savanna, GA, I can always…[read more]
69
  • Central, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,187
86
  • Mauldin, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,723
  • I work in the tech industry, and the Greenville is an amazing area for tech growth. Unfortunately, anyone who was interested in tech and wanted to stay home in South Carolina has the same information. …[read more]
78
  • Murrells Inlet, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,161
81
  • Clemson, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,008
  • I've lived in Clemson since I was a student here in the late 1970s and I can honestly say it used to be a great bedroom community to live in. But once the university went from "we will never exceed…[read more]
78
  • Goose Creek, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,553
  • I've lived in Goose Creek most of my life and think it's a settled, quiet, safe, place to live. Not much exciting here but if you are wanting to escape cold winters or over- population it might be worth…[read more]
72
  • Port Royal, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,891
  • As a homeowner in Port Royal, South Carolina, I can vouch that this place is wonderful. If you are a member of the military and need a home close to the base here, then consider this community. The homes…[read more]
84
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,183
  • Greenville continues to become a great powerhouse of technology for South Carolina, and Simpsonville is coming up with it. Living in Simpsonville, SC gives you access to amazing views and beautiful…[read more]
75
  • North Augusta, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,310
  • Church steeples, tall trees, and beautiful homes! Living in North Augusta, SC is like sitting in the epicenter of South Carolina's blazing business growth. South Carolina is getting another amazing…[read more]
73
  • Clover, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,593
68
  • Forestbrook, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,218
75
  • Little River, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,239
74
  • Charleston, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 129,888
  • This place is a high crime/low income nightmare. they have no attractions, no shopping malls, no entertainment. The crime goes mostly unreported. We have had at least 9 shootings near our home in "the…[read more]
81
  • Lexington, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,315
  • You have to living here for over a year I cannot say I hate the town but can't say I like it either. At first you look at it and fall in love with the quaintness of it. Then you see that southern…[read more]
72
  • Powdersville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,888
78
  • Fountain Inn, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,044
76
  • Irmo, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,851
  • Irmo, SC is a beautiful town in the Columbia area. It’s just 20 minutes away from Columbia proper, but a lot of Columbia businesses are just 10 or 15 minutes away. Irmo is just a few minutes away from…[read more]
75
  • Boiling Springs, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,945
79
  • Wade Hampton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,673
  • There are so many charming towns in South Carolina, but Wade Hampton captures the image of a regal Southern town in spectacular ways. Walk around town and you'll see beautiful trees with Spanish moss…[read more]
76
  • Summerville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,919
  • The 6 member town counsel removed the Mayor's power several years ago and got away with it. Now they are power crazed and should not be running down a sidewalk much less running a town. Summerville is…[read more]
64
  • Centerville, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,828
68
  • Lugoff, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,103
76
  • Garden City, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,456
80
  • Greer, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,739
  • I've lived in a few parts of South Carolina, and Greer is one of the most charming towns. If you work in tech and want to enjoy weather of northern South Carolina--along with the lower South Carolina…[read more]
65
  • Valley Falls, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,805
65
  • Conway, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,631
  • I moved to Conway after coming home from the military. As a child, the beach was always a distant trip because it was an hour from home and I didn't have a car, so I knew that I wanted to be near the sea…[read more]
72
  • Red Hill, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,251
  • Red Hill, South Carolina is a beautiful laid back city with dozens of local amenities and nearby family fun activities! With constant sunny weather, you and your family will definitely enjoy all the…[read more]
64
  • Beaufort, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,074
  • if you like overflowing garbage cans , and filthy stores , and filthy places to eat , this the place for you . the people are mostly angry , and weird . the people dress like they are homeless , and a…[read more]
63
  • Oak Grove, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,900
66
  • Burton, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,648
71
  • Sangaree, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,658
74
  • Seven Oaks, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,981
  • Seven Oaks, SC is a comfortable community just outside of Columbia, resting in the trees and gentle slopes of inland South Carolina. For me, it was a great way to enjoy the grace and culture of the…[read more]
63
  • Red Bank, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,006
56
  • Moncks Corner, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,300
  • There's an element of the government ran gangstalking program here. You will be followed while driving your car by the locals, and even if you're just walking down the street a few blocks. They love…[read more]
44
  • Laurel Bay, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,651
65
  • Seneca, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,228
46
  • Walterboro, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,287
77
  • Taylors, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,719
  • Taylors is a comfortable and calm town in South Carolina that looks out to the hills that tread carefully into North Carolina. I'm a South Carolina native, and the one thing I appreciate more than…[read more]
64
  • Piedmont, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,940
64
  • Dillon, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,675
63
  • Lancaster, SC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,971

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in South Carolina. Finding the safest places to live in South Carolina can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in South Carolina with a population over 5,000.

The South Carolina cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in South Carolina? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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