These happy developments aside, its a great place to bring yo babies, yo baby mama's, and, on the sly of course, yo baby daddies. The decent people of Dartmouth can't wait to welcome more trash in amongst us for a free ride.
There are nice Rentals in Dartmouth... a brand new one right on Rt. 6 (very close to highway and local convinces). There are also plenty of house rentals...as to your question of areas to stay away from...I do not believe that Dartmouth has any area to stay away from... just depends what you are looking for... rural or city, because we have both.
Watch out though...once here you may never want to leave... We moved in and LOVE it!!!!
go to Rent.com and look up : Solemar at South Dartmouth...they have pictures or http://www.dartmouthwoods.com these are the 2 newer apartment complexes.
Good luck... Oh and keep an eye on craigslist...they always have houses for rent.
As a followup to your repost, there is a large luxury apartment complex in Dartmouth built within the last 10 years or so. There are many different amenities that it has to offer. I have several friends that have taken a look at them and said they were quite nice. I think it would be your best bet other than trying to find an apartment from an individual landlord, which often don't get advertised.
As for the closest hospitals, St. Lukes is located in New Bedford and Charlton Memorial is located in Fall River. Depending on where in Dartmouth you chose to reside could make your ride anywhere from 4 min. to 15 min. http://www.southcoast.org/
Dartmouth is located between both cities and makes it quite convenient. The closest childrens hospital is in Providence which is about 45 min. away. http://www.lifespan.org/hch/
As you may or may not know, UMass has a campus in Dartmouth which has been a great resource to the community.
Dartmouth really has a lot to offer.
I have lived in Dartmouth for most of my life, other than a brief stop in Boston for college. I have been very involved in the community in numerous capacities. I chose to move back to Dartmouth with my wife to raise my family. While Pat is correct in telling you it is against our code of ethics to say a certain area is better than another. I can offer you my own experiences. I'd be more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have, no sales pitch I promise. Feel free to call or email. My contact info. is available on my website http://www.JustLeaveItToSteve.com
Dartmouth Schools - http://www.dartmouth.k12.ma.us/
Check out a few of these links to just a few examples of some community programs for kids.