See Which South Carolina Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 15,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Love peaches? South Carolina is the nation’s leading peach producer! The first battle of the Civil War also took place in this state over in Fort Sumter. Plenty of valuable crops including wheat, hay, oats, cotton, soybeans, and corn are grown here. Some iconic locales that the state is known for include Myrtle Beach, Magnolia & Cypress Gardens, and Hilton Head Resorts. Thinking about visiting or moving to South Carolina? You may want to take a look at some of the state’s safest cities and where they rank.

Of the 25 rated cities in South Carolina, 7 of them received a Safety Score of at least 80. According to our list, Simpsonville is the safest city in the state with a score of 90.98. As of 2015, the population was 20,736. Compared to some of the other cities in the state, Simpsonville is a rather small town. This may contribute to why it’s so safe, as smaller towns are filled with people who mostly keep to themselves and enjoy living in peace.

To give some perspective on population size in the state, South Carolina’s capital and one of the state’s largest cities (second to Charleston), with a population of 133,803 as of 2015. Columbia received a Safety Score of 57.84, but this is expected considering it’s such a large city with more foot traffic and activity. Charleston has a better Safety Score of 79.55. Charleston is known for its rich history, highly rated restaurants, and mannerly people. Many tourists like to come here because they feel that it’s America’s friendliest city.

Other South Carolina cities that made it to the top 5 on our list of safest cities include Fort Mill (85.92), Mauldin (84.63), Mount Pleasant (84.37), and Bluffton (82.93). Most of these cities are on the smaller side but Mount Pleasant does have a reported population of 77,796 in 2014. Its Safety Score relative to the sizable population is pretty good. The best part is it’s only 20 minutes from Charleston! Residents of Mount Pleasant can live in an area where they feel safe and take a short commute to bigger cities as needed.

 


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.98

Simpsonville, SC

20,566 0 57 -4.8% -100%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.92

Fort Mill, SC

13,532 314 25 -29.1% 199 -20.1%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.63

Mauldin, SC

25,246 434 37 -19% 411 -23.9%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.37

Mount Pleasant, SC

80,446 499 133 -8.8% 1,270 -10.4%

5
Safety Score: 82.93

Bluffton, SC

15,689 301 36 -4.4% 292 -44.5%

6
Safety Score: 81.94

Hanahan, SC

20,337 520 49 0.4% 379 11.6%

7
Safety Score: 81.08

Clemson, SC

15,369 403 25 -10.2% 476 -10.5%

8
Safety Score: 79.44

Charleston, SC

132,585 248 342 24.1% 3,235 6.7%

9
Safety Score: 77.8

Greer, SC

28,197 396 134 n/a 674 n/a

10
Safety Score: 77.55

Goose Creek, SC

41,430 449 137 n/a 1,051 n/a

11
Safety Score: 74.85

Lexington, SC

20,399 391 90 n/a 590 n/a

12
Safety Score: 72.35

Summerville, SC

48,071 424 114 -20.2% 1,712 3%

13
Safety Score: 69.5

North Augusta, SC

22,531 288 32 9.9% 942 12.6%

14
Safety Score: 63.61

Conway, SC

20,938 366 115 n/a 976 n/a

15
Safety Score: 63.44

Greenville, SC

63,011 265 445 -12.9% 2,910 -0.6%

16
Safety Score: 63.36

Sumter, SC

41,017 257 290 -10.3% 1,872 -2.4%

17
Safety Score: 59.94

Aiken, SC

30,415 294 182 65.7% 1,590 5%

18
Safety Score: 59.1

North Charleston, SC

109,051 275 802 0.6% 5,779 -2.5%

19
Safety Score: 57.84

Columbia, SC

132,495 304 1,058 6.7% 7,204 1.4%

20
Safety Score: 52.64

Easley, SC

20,676 368 102 n/a 1,359 n/a

21
Safety Score: 52.15

Greenwood, SC

23,219 380 289 25% 1,512 6.2%

22
Safety Score: 51.02

Spartanburg, SC

37,707 261 380 4.4% 2,383 -1.9%

23
Safety Score: 43.71

Florence, SC

38,183 320 351 5.1% 2,879 2.2%

24
Safety Score: 38.11

North Myrtle Beach, SC

15,518 105 95 n/a 1,402 n/a

25
Safety Score: 0

Myrtle Beach, SC

30,731 103 484 10.3% 4,421 -9.8%


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