Information about neighborhoods can be found by vising http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ and from there, you can enter the property address to find local information.
In the real estate business, you should not have an opinion shared about a neighborhood from any real estate professional as the opinion of desirability is something that you as the buyer need to determine for yourself. If you have specific questions about crime, distance to shopping, etc, that information can be readily made available.
Seeing you are from New Hampshire, you will certainly find New Bedford to be quite different as it is not rural! If you would like to supply more details as to what you are looking for with your goals and objectives, I would be more than happy to provide an opinion and even provide you with details on local listings that meet your criteria.
Thank you for the post and I wish you all the best!
Steven & Company Real Estate