All we can do is refer you to objective sources where you can sort out the data yourself. I like the crime mapping site mentioned below - http://www.CrimeMapping.com
I also think there's value in driving through neighborhoods to get a feel for whether YOU feel comfortable. If you see areas with tagging and bars on the homes, then you might question the neighborhood. If the area and sidewalks are clean, and the homes well maintained, you will likely get a good feel.
Lots of luck,
When we were raising our children they went to Monte Vista Elementary school. I'll never forget the time the principle addressed the audience at an annual back to school night and welcomed everyone to the most "Private Public School in the entire Vista Unified School District where we have 95% parental participation and the biggest and strongest PTA in the entire District."
Things were not easy in those days either for those of us who remember the Jimmy Carter days of 18 to 21% interest rates and a period of high unemployment and a huge drop in home values. But we still managed to work in our children's classroom, and on the playgrounds teaching them PE along with coaching their Little League, Pop Warner, soccer and basketball teams. Oh and lest we forget Indian Guides and Indian Maidens and all the wonderful camping experiences.
We didn't stop there either. We were hands on with them when they went on to Lincoln Middle School and people everywhere would look with almost horror in their eyes when we said Lincoln. "You mean that school with all the illegals, gangs and drugs? Funny but our kids didn't travel in those circles. They were too busy with their studies and sports activities.
Then there was Rancho Vista High School considered at one time one of the most problematic schools in San Diego. It even made CNN and every major newspaper in the country what with its so called radical right religious school board and infamous gang fights and drug problems. But somehow our children, who were definitely not angles and had their share of challenges, managed to graduate with honors and go onto graduate from college. One even got a full ride basketball scholarship to Division 4 USD.
Where I'm going with this diatribe is, it's not the area you raise your kids in. It's what you do with your kids. It's up to parents to parent and lead their children. Not the school, teachers and coaches. So let me close by asking you if you are a good enough parent to raise your children in Vista.
I may not generate a prospect from this but sometimes there are more important points to make than just telling someone what they want to hear to generate a lead. Have a good day and stay with your children until they graduate from high school and then kick them in the rear and tell them they're on their own.
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San Diego, CA