Reported Annual Crime In Charleston

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,767n/a (estimate)2,7873,7462,837
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder11n/a8.17.45.3
Rape44n/a32.648.140.4
Robbery107n/a79.281.3102.8
Assault246n/a182.0365.0248.5
Violent crime408n/a (estimate)302502386
Burglary417n/a308.5664.7468.9
Theft2,681n/a1,983.72,298.51,745.0
Vehicle theft261n/a193.1280.6236.9
Property crime3,359n/a (estimate)2,4853,2442,451
A general overview of all the annual reported crimes in Charleston, SC is displayed above. The data has been arranged to make it easier to find both the gross total of reported crimes and the number of crimes reported per 100,000 people in Charleston, SC. These statistics are further divided into two distinct categories (violent crimes and property crimes) to provide more insight to how prevalent crime is in the area. You'll find that the rate of crime in Charleston, SC averages 26% lower than the rest of South Carolina while the rate of crime on a national scale is 2% lower than. You'll find that the occurrence of violent crime in Charleston, SC is 40% lower than the average rate of crime in South Carolina and 22% lower than the rest of the nation. Similarly, crime involving property stands 23% lower than the remainder of the state of South Carolina and 1% higher than the nation's average. Both of these statistics relate to how safe residents and businesses are while performing everyday activities in the Charleston, SC area.

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The Charleston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Charleston as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with low crime compared to the areas with high crime. The Charleston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Charleston is 2% lower than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 7.64 daily crimes that occur in Charleston.
  • Charleston is safer than 37% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Charleston you have a 1 in 36 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Charleston has increased by 3%.

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Daily Crime In Charleston (per 100,000 people)

The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Charleston, SC per 100,000 individuals. The total number of daily crimes is also reported for South Carolina and on a national scale. In Charleston, SC the entire number of daily crimes is accurately recorded at 1.34 times less than the South Carolina average and 1.02 times less than the national average. The typical number of daily violent crimes in Charleston, SC is 1.66 times less than the South Carolina average and 1.28 times less than the calculated daily national average. With regards to recent property crimes, Charleston, SC has a constant daily crime rate that is 1.31 times less than the South Carolina average and 1.01 times more than the overall daily national average.

How Safe is Charleston (higher is better)

What are the odds that you'll be safer in Charleston, SC compared to other areas of South Carolina, as well as the rest of America? In the included graphs, it's depicted that Charleston, SC safer than 71% when compared to other South Carolina cities, and 37% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are derived from a closer look at each city's crime rate in South Carolina, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Charleston, SC. At this time, Charleston, SC sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Charleston

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Charleston is 1 in 332
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Charleston is 1 in 41
The chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston is 1 in 36
Are you interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Charleston, SC? Just look at the above illustrations to see what your chances are of becoming a victim of any crime, such as property crime or violent crime, in this city. In Charleston, SC, you have a 1 in 332 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 41. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston, SC is 1 in 36.

Year Over Year Crime In Charleston (per 100,000 people)

The year over year change in crime helps to understand whether crime in Charleston, SC is on the rise or declining. Analysts use this measure in order to eliminate the effect of changes in crime by the season. Year over year change in crime is shown for violent, property and total crimes per 100,000 people in the graph above. Clearly, the violent crime rate in Charleston, SC has increased by 17%, while the property crime rate in Charleston, SC has increased by 2% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Charleston, SC has increased by 3% with regards to total crimes year over year.

Charleston police department

ItemCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5235,812558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.25.13.3
There are a total of 523 Charleston police officers. This results in 4.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 16.6% less than the South Carolina average and 29.9% greater than the National average.

Sex offenders in South Carolina

StateTotal offendersSouth Carolina /100KNational /100K
South Carolina12,678314222
There are a total of 12,678 sex offenders in South Carolina. This yields a total of 314 sex offenders in South Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 41% greater than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Kiawah Island, SC1,54370455526
Seabrook Island, SC1,72670455526
Folly Beach, SC2,73279509588
Sullivan's Island, SC2,04979509588
James Island, SC11,8442011,2991,501
Mount Pleasant, SC77,9071511,7001,851
Hanahan, SC20,7101971,8742,071
Charleston, SC129,8883022,4852,787

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Enterprise, NV129,6206242,3823,006
Cedar Rapids, IA129,5372953,8264,121
New Haven, CT130,4059354,2115,145
Carrollton, TX129,2661621,9542,115
Thornton, CO130,5113503,1583,507
Charleston, SC129,8883022,4852,787
Source: The Charleston, SC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2016. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.