MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach is once again near the top of NeighborhoodScout.com's list of the "100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US," this year coming in at 12, five spots higher than last year's ranking.
"With a crime rate of 173 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," the website, which provides nationwide geographical data, states. "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."
Myrtle Beach had 475 violent crimes in 2013, according to NeighborhoodScout, including two reported murders, 49 rapes, 186 robberies and 238 assaults. There were 4,575 total property crimes in 2013, according to the site, including 608 reported burglaries, 3,497 thefts, and 470 motor vehicle thefts. All these statistics come from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2013. Complete crime statistics for 2014 are not expected until later this year.
"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," according to NeighborhoodScout.com. "Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Myrtle Beach."
According to NeighborhoodScout.com, the chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in Myrtle Beach is one six, with a rate of 156 property crimes per 1,000 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," the site states. "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 62."
The site ranked cities of 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000, from data reported to the FBI. NeighborhoodScout.com derives its crime rates from Myrtle Beach's year-round population of 29,175, and does not take into account the influx of temporary residents over the summer.
See NeighborhoodScout.com's complete list of the "100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities" here:
Read an in-depth report on the city's 2013 crime statistics here: