7 Most Violent Small Towns in America

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1. Lake City, South Carolina

South Carolina may have one of the lowest crime rates in the US, but like every state, it has its bad apples that make it stand out.

Lake City, a town with a small population of roughly 6,809 people, perched around 110 miles from Florence, is home to the Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, the Jones-Carter Gallery, and a host of other lovely attractions. While it’s a nice destination to visit, it’s probably not the place you’d want to live.

With a high violent crime rate of 53.87 crimes per 1,000 residents or 187.99 crimes per 10,000 residents, avoiding violent attacks isn’t always easy in Lake City. But that’s not all; property crime is also pretty high, at a rate of 644.73 per 10,000 residents.

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