Of course, you must read between the lines and look at the "demographics" involved in the crimes and the area where those types of people tend to congregate. Unfortunately, so many scummy landlords take section 8, jack up the rental prices since they are guaranteed money from the govt, and then could not care less who ends up next door to you.... this is the typical everyday life in Scranton. I let my ex have the house since we could not sell it to anybody except a few illegal families that would have paid cash but much less than what the (underassessed) value would have been. With so many convicted sexual predators in the W.B/Scranton area living all around you (just check the Megan's Law tracking websites)... and so many thugs and hoodies with their entitlement gimme your stuff lifestyles... good luck here.
As realtors, we are not supposed to discuss safety of any particular area.
Check out neighborhoodscout.com, homefair.com,crimereports,movoto.com,spotcrime.com for the crime info. You can also check the area where you are living now (if statistics are similar, then the new area should be similar to where you are now).
Also, it's great to drive by the area in question at night - to get a feeling for the vibe there.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.