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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleJohnston/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime50n/a (estimate)2,4032,8002,324
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)240491370
Vehicle theft4n/a192.2249.2282.7
Property crime45n/a (estimate)2,1622,3081,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Johnston, SC

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Johnston crime rate is higher than the national average by 3.4%. Specifically, there were 5 violent crimes in Johnston, equivalent to 240 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 35%. Furthermore, Johnston recorded 45 property crimes, amounting to 2162 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 10.6%.

In terms of the total Johnston crime rate per 100,000 people, it falls within the midrange when compared to other cities across the United States. Our analysis of total crimes, encompassing both violent and property offenses in Johnston, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

In the most recently reported crime year, Johnston registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

Johnston maintains a property crime rate that closely resembles the national norm. In Johnston, 2162 property crimes were reported, aligning with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. Consequently, the area's safety profile stands on par with the average city, neither significantly safer nor more dangerous. This consistency underscores a balanced commitment to community safety and security, providing residents with a stable and reassuring living environment.

Is Johnston a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Johnston, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Johnston presents a total crime rate that is 3% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Johnston experiences an average of 0.14 daily crimes, comprising 0.01 violent incidents and 0.12 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Potential Causes for Crime in Johnston

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Johnston, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 3%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Johnston, 66.8% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

In Johnston, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 2.97 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

Johnston crime map

The Johnston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Johnston as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Johnston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Johnston crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Johnston crime rates are 3% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Johnston are 35% lower than the national average
      • In Johnston you have a 1 in 42 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Johnston is safer than 39% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Johnston has increased by 43%

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        Daily Crime In Johnston (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Johnston

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Johnston is 1 in 417
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Johnston is 1 in 47
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Johnston is 1 in 42

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

        Johnston police department

        Item Johnston South Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)75,812558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.05.13.3
        There are a total of 7 Johnston police officers. This results in 3.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 41.3% less than the South Carolina average and 8.5% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in South Carolina

        State Total offenders South Carolina /100K National /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

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Edgefield, SC4,80083745828
        Saluda, SC3,6034301,0251,455
        Ridge Spring, SC6761,9068672,773
        Trenton, SC2665982,8093,406
        Monetta, SC2536473,0413,687
        Ward, SC2167093,3314,040
        Johnston, SC2,5562402,1622,403

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        Lake City, AR2,556358437795
        West Belmar, NJ2,55663442505
        Pageland, SC2,5562,0534,5986,650
        Norway, ME2,556381,9421,980
        Eddyville, KY2,55643517560
        Johnston, SC2,5562402,1622,403
        Source: The Johnston, SC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.