Myrtle Beach, SC
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Myrtle Beach, SC crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

With a crime rate of 158 per one thousand residents, Myrtle Beach has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 6. Within South Carolina, more than 100% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Myrtle Beach. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Myrtle Beach to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 31,035, Myrtle Beach has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Myrtle Beach does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Myrtle Beach.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Myrtle Beach does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Myrtle Beach.

For Myrtle Beach, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Myrtle Beach is one in 64.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Myrtle Beach experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Myrtle Beach is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Myrtle Beach, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 7, which is a rate of 142 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Myrtle Beach has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Myrtle Beach is one in 77.

Myrtle Beach Crime Data

 

Crime Index

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(100 is safest)


Safer than 0% of U.S. Cities

Myrtle Beach Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

484

4,422

4,906

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

15.60

142.48

158.08

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Myrtle Beach 15.60
South Carolina 5.04

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 64

in Myrtle Beach

1 in 198

in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 31,035
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 8 54 139 283
Rate per 1,000 0.26 1.74 4.48 9.12

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Myrtle Beach 142.48
South Carolina 32.93

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 7

in Myrtle Beach

1 in 30

in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach Property CRIMES

Population: 31,035
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 442 3,575 405
Rate per 1,000 14.24 115.19 13.05

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Myrtle Beach Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Myrtle Beach 209
South Carolina 35