Safety in Central SC

Safety You Can Count On

Families can count on safety in Central SC. Cities within our Region consistently rank high for safety, and crime rates are relatively low in our suburbs and rural regions. Irmo, Lexington, and Chapin, all suburbs of Columbia, were ranked among the safest cities in South Carolina by Niche in 2021. Friendly neighbors are sure to offer support whenever you need it. Our positive community atmosphere and welcoming environment are fueled by the Southern hospitality of our residents. Here, you’re never a stranger – and you’ll always have friends looking out for you.

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Safest City in South Carolina (Irmo)


Safest City in South Carolina (Lexington)

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Safety in Columbia, SC

The Columbia Police Department is an integral part of the community. Keeping the community and our citizens safe is their top priority, and they are constantly working hard to maintain a high-standard and keep people out of harm’s way. Visit the Columbia Police Department site to learn more.

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Highest-Ranked Towns and Cities for Safety

Two of the highest-ranked towns for safety in Central SC are Irmo (#2) and Lexington (#3). Irmo, a small town on the border of Lexington and Richland Counties, is just 10 miles from the capital city of Columbia. With low housing costs, plenty of parks and opportunities for outdoor recreation, Irmo offers a small-town atmosphere with access to big-city amenities. Lexington, located in Lexington County, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the region. Families, young graduates and retirees all flock to this city thanks to its ideal location and thriving downtown district. 

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