I agree as to the different villages, but the education system in Newton, like Brookline, Lexington, Needham, Dover, Wayland and Weston are all excellent and there is a premium for that. But the taxes in Newton and Needham are lower than the others.
I also see many people buy homes in these communities and then send their children to private schools, which we are fortunate to have many excellent ones close by as well.... more
I mean its all relative but there tends to be a little more crime in the West Newton/Nonantum Village areas more so than the rest of the town. Parts of those areas are more run down than the rest of Newton but its your typical run of the mill town. Decent schools and safe for the most part. I would not worry too much about the areas.... more