Saluda Sixth
Safest S.C. City

  South Carolina Safety Directory has named Saluda the sixth safest city in South Carolina
   South Carolina boasts incredible barbecue, more than 300 public and private golf courses, and an impressive array of American firsts. The Palmetto State gave the United States its first public library, first public museum, and first fireproof building, which was built to safeguard state records. That early attention to safety has remained strong, as evidenced by the 20 safest cities recognized on our 2016 list.
Eighty percent of the cities on our list have been selected for the second year in a row, including the city in the number-one spot. 
  Edgefield, considered the “Gateway to Southern History,” tops our list once again due to a safety record that reported fewer than 60 total crimes for the FBI’s most recent reporting period. Of those 60 crimes, only four were violent, and there were zero incidents of aggravated assault, murder, and arson.
  Collectively, 25 percent of the cities on our list reported less than one incident of violent crime per 1,000 people. In fact, a full 70 percent reported no murders. Half of the recognized cities reported fewer than 100 incidents of property crime, which is impressive for cities ranging in size from just over 2,000 people to nearly 5,000.
  Whether you hail from one of the safest cities on our list or a neighboring South Carolina community, keeping your home and loved ones safe is always important. Learn how to augment the safety strategies you already have in place with the comprehensive resources available on our South Carolina Safety Directory.
  How We Chose the Safest Cities in South Carolina
  To identify the 20 safest cities in South Carolina, viewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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  From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.
Top Ten Safest
  1.Edgefield. Previous rank: 1. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.85; Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.47
  2. Tega Cay. Previous rank: 3. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46; Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.57
  3. Burnettown. Previous rank: 4. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.45; Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.57
  4. Pine Ridge. Previous rank: Not ranked. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.58; Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.82
  5. Hanahan. Previous rank: 9. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.40; Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.70
  6. Saluda. Previous rank: 18.  Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.33; Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.07
  7. Mount Pleasant. Previous rank: 7.Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.81; Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.61
  8. Cowpens. Previous rank: 15. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.79; Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.83
  9. Lyman. Previous rank: Not ranked. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.30; Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.55
  10. Fort Mill. Previous rank: 6. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.61; Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.41


Lions and Piedmont Tech School of Nursing  provide health screening to Saluda Schools - From left : Charlie Rentz, Tom Quattlebaum, Walker Beddoes, Dallas Swartzentruber, Teresa Berry, James Spikes, Lacey Chapman, Keona Jackson, Jana Creighton, James Robinson, Andy Pape, Robbin Brooks, Gina Fingerlin.

Health Screening Provided At Schools
  The Saluda Lions Club and the South Carolina Lions Charitable Services joined with faculty and students of The School of Nursing, Piedmont Technical Center, Greenwood and Saluda School Nurses to provide health care screening to Saluda County students. Screenings were conducted during regular school hours.
  The SC Lions Charitable Services Health Screening Unit is supported by a grant from the SC Department of Health and Human Services and used a vision screening camera to evaluate eyesight.  Piedmont Tech instructors and student nurses evaluated blood pressure, body mass index, height and weight. 
  On 17 February, health screening was held at Saluda Elementary School for 176 third and fifth grade students. The sight test identified 25 students for further visual examination and hearing test identified 8 students for further evaluation.
  Health screening of 165 Saluda High School ninth grade students  on 11 March identified 41 students that need further sight evaluation and 10 that should be followed up for blood pressure checks by the school nurse.