Crime in North Charleston, South Carolina

North Charleston's crime rate

There were 8,055 crimes reported in North Charleston, South Carolina in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 6,985 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does North Charleston compare?

North Charleston has one of the highest overall crime rates of any U.S. city. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

North Charleston's overall crime rate is 102% higher than the overall crime rate in South Carolina. Statewide, there were 177,712 crimes reported in 2019, or 3,452 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In North Charleston, property crimes account for about 86% of all offenses.

Property crime is much more prevalent in North Charleston than it is nationwide. There were 6,941 property crimes in North Charleston in 2019, or 6,019 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in North Charleston. There were 5,123 larcenies reported in North Charleston in 2019, or 4,443 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 853 break-ins reported in North Charleston in 2019, or 740 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In North Charleston, meanwhile, there were 965 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 837 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In North Charleston, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 14% share of all reported crime.

At 966 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in North Charleston is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in North Charleston reported a total of 1,114 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in North Charleston. There were 756 aggravated assaults reported in North Charleston in 2019, or 656 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 229 robberies reported in North Charleston in 2019, a rate of 199 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 103 rapes reported in North Charleston in 2019, or 89 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 26 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in North Charleston is 22.5 murders for every 100,000 people, more than four times higher than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

North Charleston compared to other cities in South Carolina

North Charleston has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in South Carolina. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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