Greenville may not be one of the 10 safest cities in South Carolina, but it’s still pretty safe.
In its 2020 Safest Cities report, which is calculated using FBI crime data from 2018, the SafeWise Team listed Greenville as No. 35 in South Carolina . The city reported a violent crime rate of 5.3 per 1,000 residents. That’s lower than the 5.9 violent crime rate of Moncks Corner, which was ranked No. 34, but Greenville’s property crime rate was higher at 40.4 compared to Moncks Corner’s 35.6.
According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, an annual compilation of law enforcement data nationwide, the city of Greenville reported 368 violent crimes in 2018. Of those, two were classified as murder or non-negligent manslaughter, and 34 were cases of rape. There were 74 cases of robbery and 258 cases of aggravated assault.
Greenville’s interim police chief Howie Thompson said: (comments on why Greenville is considered a safe city – will come Monday)
The FBI has yet to publish a full report for 2019.
The SafeWise Team ranked the Isle of Palms as the safest city in South Carolina for the third consecutive year, with only two total violent crimes reported in 2018. Port Royal ranked second, and Mount Pleasant was third.
Among the state’s largest cities, Charleston, with a population of 137,000, was ranked No. 16. The Holy City came in with one of the state’s lowest violent crime rates per capita — 3.0 — and its property crime rate was 20.8, beating state and national averages, the Safest Cities report stated.
Charleston reported 415 violent crimes in 2018, according to the Uniform Crime Report. There were 10 murders, 57 incidents of rape, 89 robberies and 259 aggravated assaults.
The city of Columbia, meanwhile, reported 986 violent crimes. Of those, 16 were classified as murder and 90 involved rape. There were 224 reported robberies and 656 cases of aggravated assault.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office reported 1,690 violent crime offenses and 16 homicides. The department reported 268 incidents of rape, 278 robberies and 1,128 incidents of aggravated assault.