15 Most Improved Cities in South Carolina

November 7, 2014



State parks, national forests and the Blue Ridge mountains are a big part of what makes up the state of South Carolina. It has recently become a residential hot spot in the south east of the United States. There are delectable restaurants, a booming craft beer scene and some thriving communities nestled near the Atlantic Ocean. The terrain of South Carolina is one of its main draws; with mountain ranges, nature trails, fifteen different lakes, rivers and the ocean, it’s easy to see why it has become such an attraction. Unfortunately, with the increased popularity, comes increased crime. Each city and region of the state deals with crime differently; some have handled the situation much better than others, and it shows.

Using data from 2007-2012 FBI Crime Reporting Statistics, we’ve uncovered fifteen cities in South Carolina which have significantly decreased crime successfully.

The cities listed below have used some advanced police programs, services and techniques to help decrease their crime rate over a five year period. When looking through the data provided by the FBI, we have noticed their efforts have increased the quality of life for their citizens, as well as the safety of their neighborhoods.

1. Gaffney, SC

Located in upstate South Carolina and known as the “Peach Capital of South Carolina,” right between Greenville and Charlotte, it is one of the better small towns in the state. With traveling Revolutionary War reenactments, historic battlefields and annual farmers markets, it’s easy to see why it has become a little off the beaten path hot spot. Gaffney has also seen its crime rate cut, quite literally, in half, thanks to some innovative efforts from the police department. From 2007 to 2012 Gaffney has seen its crime rate decrease by 51.41 percent. The Gaffney police department has utilized social media to help make their community more aware, utilizing Facebook to spread news and help catch criminals by posting their pictures and asking for tips. They’ve also taken on initiatives like Drug Take Back Day, where they give residents a responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs to prevent things like accidental overdoses and potential for abuse.

2007 Crime Rate: 86.75
2012 Crime Rate: 42.15
51.41% Decrease In Crime

2. Seneca, SC

In Northwest of South Carolina, near a Native American village and the river where it gets its namesake, is the city of Seneca. A popular town for retirees in South Carolina because of its proximity to Clemson University and the fact that it is at the foot of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. You can’t mention Seneca without bringing up their bevy of historical 1900 style houses. Seneca has had a steady increase in population which often means a steady increase of crime. Over the past five years however, they’ve seen a drastic decrease in crime rate, in particular their property crime.

2007 Crime Rate: 75.66
2012 Crime Rate: 43.93
41.93% Decrease In Crime

3. Simpsonville, SC

Part of the “Golden Strip” in the Northwest of South Carolina, Simpsonville is the third most improved city on our list. It’s an area of the state with a very low unemployment rate, especially recently, which has a part in the big decrease in crime rate. One of the biggest reasons for the dip in crime was the drastic change in violent crime in the city, which dropped 67.7 percent in a five year period. Recently Simpsonville was named one of the 10 best towns for families to live in by Family Circle Magazine as well as one of the 25 best affordable cities by Money Magazine.

2007 Crime Rate: 61.38
2012 Crime Rate: 37.39
39.08% Decrease In Crime

4. Fort Mill, SC

Right outside of Charlotte, NC, Fort Mill is one of the fastest growing communities in South Carolina. Home of the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival as well as having some of the best public schools in the state. Fort Mill already has a low crime rate, but it is getting even better. Quick growing communities usually see a rise on crime rate, but Fort Mill has seen a big decrease in crime based on our numbers from the FBI. The York County Sheriff’s office routinely holds town forums and runs programs that help its citizens maintain a safe living environment.

2007 Crime Rate: 36.40
2012 Crime Rate: 22.37
38.55% Decrease In Crime

5. Charleston, SC

By far the biggest city on the list, “The Holy City,” aka Charleston, is the fifth most improved city in the state of South Carolina. The oldest and second-largest city in the state, Charleston is located on the coastline of the Ashley and Cooper rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. When you think of delectable restaurants and a booming craft beer scene, Charleston is certainly a hot spot destination. Thanks to a healthy Neighborhood Watch program as well as the Safety Walk crew, the police department has done a great job reducing violent crime at a substantial rate.

2007 Crime Rate: 47.13
2012 Crime Rate: 29.62
37.14% Decrease In Crime

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