Go to town records, or even Wikipedia. They can often give you incite into an area. Realtors, cannot provide you with such info as it may seem to be "steering" you to or from a particular neighborhood.
Visit a neighborhood several times to get a sense of belonging. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from steeringâ€”enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached.