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Total crime 18%
Violent crime 20%
Property crime 18%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,868n/a (estimate)2,7713,2522,346
Murder17n/a12.210.56.5
Rape54n/a38.740.038.4
Robbery100n/a71.659.873.9
Assault479n/a343.2420.3279.7
Violent crime650n/a (estimate)466531388
Burglary326n/a233.6448.0314.2
Theft2,439n/a1,747.41,991.01,398.0
Vehicle theft453n/a324.5282.1246.0
Property crime3,218n/a (estimate)2,3052,7211,958

Key findings

  • Charleston crime rates are 18% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Charleston are 20% higher than the national average
  • In Charleston you have a 1 in 37 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Charleston is safer than 21% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Charleston has increased by 5%

Charleston crime map

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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 lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Charleston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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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 people. In Charleston, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.17 times less than the South Carolina average and 1.18 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Charleston is 1.14 times less than the South Carolina average and 1.20 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Charleston has a daily crime rate that is 1.18 times less than the South Carolina average and 1.18 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, South Carolina compared to other areas of South Carolina, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Charleston safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Charleston is safer than 57% of South Carolina cities, and 21% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking 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. At this time, Charleston 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 215
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Charleston is 1 in 44
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston is 1 in 37
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Charleston? In Charleston, you have a 1 in 215 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 44. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston, SC is 1 in 37.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Charleston, SC is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Charleston has increased by 25%, while the property crime rate in Charleston has increased by 2% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Charleston has increased by 5% 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 Carolina15,193377266
      There are a total of 15,193 sex offenders in South Carolina. This yields a total of 377 sex offenders in South Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 42% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Kiawah Island, SC1,54375382456
      Seabrook Island, SC1,72675382456
      Folly Beach, SC2,73283427510
      Sullivan's Island, SC2,04983427510
      James Island, SC11,8442131,0901,303
      Hanahan, SC20,7102171,1581,375
      Mount Pleasant, SC77,907991,3271,427
      Charleston, SC129,8884662,3052,771

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Enterprise, NV129,6204241,7742,198
      Cedar Rapids, IA129,5373223,1673,488
      New Haven, CT130,4057083,5114,219
      Carrollton, TX129,2663901,9652,355
      Thornton, CO130,5112883,1483,436
      Charleston, SC129,8884662,3052,771
      Source: The Charleston, SC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.