Matthews has a great downtown, lots of community events and life, a commercial and restaurant areas along NC74 independence and housing to fit many budgets. If you are concerned about crime, you should find home(s) you like in several different areas, then call the local police non-emergency line and ask to speak with the officer who patrols those neighborhoods. You can also drive the communities at various times of the day and evening and talk to residents you see there. You may want to read the Trulia Real Estate Blog "How to Choose a Neighborhood - Signs of Good and Bad Neighborhoods" If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.