America overall is getting safer. At its peak in 1991, the number of murders was 24,703, according to the FBI. In 2013, the country had 14,196 murders, a 4.4-percent decrease from the year before.
The bad news: In many corners of the country, crime is still a big problem--and it’s hard to quantify.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report has arguably been the most comprehensive and organized collection of crime data to date, which is why many have turned to it as a source. Using the numbers from the most recent report (2013), our partners in data at FindTheBest.com were able to visualize the report and find where the most violent crime per 100,000 people occurs in each county.
A few things to note:
- A violent crime includes murder, rape (legacy or revised definition depending on your state), robbery, and aggravated assault.
- A crime is classified under either city or county jurisdiction (never both), so FindTheBest.com added city and county crimes together to come up with a number for the county as a whole.
- The report does not include reporting agencies that don't comply with the national UCR guidelines.
- To read more about the methodology, click or tap here.
Here’s how the counties in South Carolina stack up:
Dillon County is the most crime-ridden county, with 1,010.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The most common crime is assaults, with 251 total reported cases. Marlboro County follows with 953.0 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Beaufort County had 531.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Jasper County had 334.5.
This interactive map shows at a glance how the counties stack up. Use the menu to see specific categories of crime. It is followed by a list of counties sorted by overall violent crime rates, with raw data.