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29 May 2020
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The official stats are in, and the Isle of Palms has been deemed to be the safest city in South Carolina. This important accolade is determined by the good folks at SafeWise, who track safety and security issues around the country. It marks the third year in a row that the IOP has been named the safest city in the state.  This is SafeWise’s sixth annual Safest Cities Ranking. To determine the rankings, the number crunchers analyzed FBI crime report statistics along with population data.  They took into account both violent crimes (aggravated assault, robbery, rape, murder) as well as property crimes (larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and burglary).  To give a fairer picture of each city, they calculated the number of crimes per 1,000 people, weighing violent and property crimes equally. You can read all about SafeWise’s methodology here.  

The Safest City Top Twenty for South Carolina:


  1. Isle of Palms
  2. Port Royal
  3. Mount Pleasant
  4. Bluffton
  5. Tega Cay
  6. Edgefield
  7. Hanahan
  8. Mauldin
  9. Fort Mill
  10. Central
  11. Clover
  12. Walhalla
  13. Ridgeland
  14. Belton
  15. Goose Creek
  16. Charleston
  17. Simpsonville
  18. Saluda
  19. Fountain Inn
  20. Surfside Beach

The Lowcountry came out with flying colors on the statewise list, comprising eight of the top twenty.  They include, in order of safety: Isle of Palms, Port Royal, Mount Pleasant, Bluffton, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Charleston, and Surfside Beach. You can read more about the story at ABC News 4.  Or, go straight to SafeWise and read the list complete with individual city data here.   The state's safest city  -  it’s yet another good reason to book one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  When you’re ready to book, just give us a call at Exclusive Properties, and we’ll help you find the perfect one. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger