South Carolina Homicide Rates Per County

Updated for 2021 data

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South Carolina has a lot of very rural counties, but many have homicide rates that are quite high. Here is the average homicide rate for each county from 2018-2021. Population figures are for 2020.

Murders per year, per county from South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division [SLED]:

County Population Black % 2018 2019 2020 2021 Ave. per 100k
Pickens 132,229 7% 4 4 3 2 2.46
Oconee 79,203 8% 5 5 7 6 7.26
Horry 365,579 13% 29 15 33 30 7.32
Beaufort 191,748 17% 10 10 11 11 5.48
Lexington 300,137 17% 12 15 18 16 5.08
Saluda 18,821 18% 1 0 2 6 11.95
Greenville 533,834 19% 23 34 43 31 6.13
York 288,595 20% 10 9 19 25 5.46
Cherokee 56,052 21% 8 3 3 5 8.47
Lancaster 100,335 21% 3 7 3 4 4.24
Spartanburg 335,864 21% 24 23 10 17 5.51
Berkely 236,701 25% 8 18 17 21 6.76
Kershaw 66,130 25% 3 4 8 9 9.07
Laurens 67,803 25% 3 4 5 7 7.01
Aiken 170,775 26% 14 12 24 26 11.13
Charleston 413,024 26% 46 46 56 68 13.07
Abbeville 24,299 27% 4 4 0 0 8.23
Dorchester 163,327 27% 6 7 8 10 4.75
Georgetown 63,921 30% 7 6 8 10 12.12
Newberry 37,996 30% 1 6 3 5 9.87
Greenwood 69,241 32% 7 2 6 12 9.75
Union 27,016 32% 3 1 3 2 8.33
Chesterfield 43,268 33% 1 5 10 8 13.87
Edgefield 26,153 34% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jasper 30,324 34% 4 1 9 5 15.66
Anderson 206,908 35% 14 18 16 16 7.73
Chester 32,209 37% 3 8 13 3 20.96
Colleton 38,462 37% 9 11 6 16 27.30
Calhoun 14,165 40% 1 0 7 0 14.12
Darlington 62,755 42% 8 13 13 23 22.71
McCormick 9,760 43% 1 0 0 1 5.12
Barnwell 20,580 44% 3 3 11 8 30.37
Florence 136,504 44% 26 20 26 22 17.22
Clarendon 31,024 47% 3 4 7 5 15.31
Dillon 28,087 47% 6 6 23 7 37.38
Sumter 104,758 48% 7 13 20 13 12.65
Richland 418,307 50% 43 53 42 54 11.47
Marlboro 26,328 51% 4 6 5 9 22.79
Hampton 18,180 53% 3 3 0 2 11.00
Fairfield 20,690 56% 1 2 6 6 18.12
Marion 28,784 57% 10 3 11 8 27.79
Bamberg 13,189 60% 1 5 1 3 18.96
Orangeburg 82,962 62% 6 20 19 27 21.70
Lee 16,280 63% 1 1 6 5 19.96
Williamsburg 30,848 64% 5 10 8 0 18.64
Allendale 7,858 73% 2 1 3 2 25.45

Murders for Edgefield are missing from reports.

McCormick may be missing data as well. However, SLED reported three murders for McCormick in 2017. If this year was added, it would double the county’s homicide rate in our chart.

Each year, the South Carolina State Police raises the previous year’s murder total in each new annual report. For example, the 2020 report listed 552 murders for that year. In the 2021 report, they raised the total to 561. So nine murders are missing from the 2020 county list. However, they never update the county lists to reflect the updated state totals.

South Carolina Homicides:

2018: 409 (5092K, 8.0 per 100k)
2019: 454 (5158k, 8.8 per 100k)
2020: 561 (5218k, 10.8 per 100k)
2021: 566 (5191k, 10.9 per 100k) – Highest since 1991 (1972 is the all time record)