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Total crime 161%
Violent crime 142%
Property crime 165%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleNorth Charleston/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime7,606n/a (estimate)6,7413,5062,580
Murder25n/a22.27.75.0
Rape77n/a68.247.942.6
Robbery302n/a267.669.986.2
Assault635n/a562.7362.8246.8
Violent crime1,039n/a (estimate)921488381
Burglary880n/a779.9579.7376.0
Theft4,985n/a4,417.82,156.01,594.6
Vehicle theft702n/a622.1281.9228.9
Property crime6,567n/a (estimate)5,8203,0182,200

Key findings

  • North Charleston crime rates are 161% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in North Charleston are 142% higher than the national average
  • In North Charleston you have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • North Charleston is safer than 2% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in North Charleston has increased by 3%

North Charleston crime map

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The North Charleston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in North 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 North Charleston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In North Charleston (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in North Charleston, SC per 100,000 people. In North Charleston, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.92 times more than the South Carolina average and 2.61 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in North Charleston is 1.89 times more than the South Carolina average and 2.42 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, North Charleston has a daily crime rate that is 1.93 times more than the South Carolina average and 2.65 times more than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is North Charleston (higher is better)

      Compared to the other cities in South Carolina and all other cities across the US, is North Charleston safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that North Charleston is safer than 18% of other cities in the state of South Carolina. In addition, North Charleston is safer than 2% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all South Carolina and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than North Charleston. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that North Charleston is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in North Charleston

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in North Charleston is 1 in 109
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in North Charleston is 1 in 18
      The chance of being a victim of crime in North Charleston is 1 in 15
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in North Charleston? In North Charleston, SC you have a 1 in 109 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim of crime in North Charleston.

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

      Determining whether North Charleston is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. North Charleston violent crime rates have not changed. At the same time, property crime has increased by 3% year over year. Total crimes for North Charleston has increased by 3% in the same time frame.

      North Charleston police department

      ItemNorth CharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3955,812558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.95.13.3
      There are a total of 395 North Charleston police officers. This results in 3.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 22.5% less than the South Carolina average and 20.7% 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

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Folly Beach, SC2,73277473550
      Sullivan's Island, SC2,04977473550
      James Island, SC11,8441951,2091,404
      Ravenel, SC2,5642031,2571,461
      Mount Pleasant, SC77,9071541,3611,514
      Hanahan, SC20,7102301,3281,558
      Lincolnville, SC1,0532281,4131,641
      North Charleston, SC106,1139215,8206,741

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Pompano Beach, FL106,0047823,8444,626
      Pearland, TX106,238951,4831,578
      Norwalk, CA106,3604231,8352,258
      Palm Bay, FL106,5733581,8682,226
      Everett, WA106,5803364,2154,551
      North Charleston, SC106,1139215,8206,741
      Source: The North Charleston, SC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.